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All Blacks Winger Guildford Apologizes for Cook Islands Incident

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- All Blacks winger Zac Guildford apologized after he reportedly staggered naked, drunk and bleeding into a bar and then assaulted two people.

Guildford, 22, said today in a statement distributed by the New Zealand Rugby Union that although he had “no clear recollection” of the Nov. 11 incident in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, his behavior was “unacceptable” and he was “hugely embarassed by what happened.”

“I am truly sorry for what I did,” Guildford said in an e-mailed statement. “I also want to apologise to my family for the embarrassment my actions have caused.”

Guildford, who said at a Sept. 19 news conference during the Rugby World Cup that he had an alcohol problem, staggered naked and bleeding into a beachside bar in the Cook Islands capital of Rarotonga before hitting two holidaymakers, the New Zealand Herald reported, citing eyewitnesses.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Baynes at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

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