University of Hawaii football player Alex Dunnachie was suspended indefinitely by head coach Norm Chow after the punter pleaded no contest to the charge of suspicion of drunken driving in court Friday.
Dunnachie was the third UH football player arrested in four months, when he was taken in by authorities on July 7. He was arrested at the corner of King and Piikoi Streets with a blood alcohol level of 0.13. The legal limit is 0.08.
In a statement Chow said, "Alex made a very poor choice several weeks ago and he’s expressed to me his remorse for his actions. Alex will rejoin the team to participate in fall camp on Monday, however, he is suspended indefinitely from game participation. He will need to prove to the coaches, and more importantly his teammates, that he’s worthy to suit up this year.”
Dunnachie's attorney said he hopes his client will eventually get back to playing on the field.
"If Alex had pled not guilty today, he might've had an indefinite suspension and might have not been able to play for the entire season," said attorney Paul Cunney.
"Looking back, that one split decision can change your entire life and, in my case, my career and my future," said Dunnachie.
Dunnachie is the only punter on the UH roster. Last month, Chow said the punter would be not be allowed to report to training camp. But Dunnachie's attorney challenged UH and said the suspension violates the school's athletic code of conduct.
"I'm just trying to show him that I'm a real team leader and that I can bounce back from this," said Dunnachie.