Friday 20 July 2018

Dan Carter - I still feel 'sick' over drink-drive arrest

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Dan Carter has admitted he still feels “sick” when he thinks about his arrest for drink-driving earlier this year.

The All Black legend was give a five-month driving ban after being arrested in Paris in February, with Carter admitting he had “let a lot of people down” in the incident.

Carter, who plays for French club Racing 92, lost a sponsorship deal after his arrest and said his poor judgement still affects him.

"I felt like I let a lot of people down and still feel pretty sick about it," Carter, 35, told the Devlin Radio Show on New Zealand station Radio Sport.

"Even though I'm back driving now, I did my punishment and lost my licence for five months. And it was a really challenging time for me and my family, I felt like I let a lot of people down but people make mistakes in their life. The most important thing is that you learn from it."

And Carter said it was his concern over the potential consequences of drink-driving that left a particularly deep impression on him.

"It's not about the punishment that the judge gives you or the fine or anything like that, it's actually the potential consequences that really hit home for you,” he added.

“It actually made me feel sick and it makes me feel sick now, thinking and talking about it. As much as I'd like to say I've moved on from it, it's something I'll have to live with for the rest of my life.

“I'm very fortunate that the consequences weren't a lot worse than they could have potentially been. It's something I'll have to live with and something I've learned a very big lesson from and something I'm not proud of.”

Carter, who won 112 caps for New Zealand during a stellar international career, has spent the past two years with Racing, although his contract runs out at the end of the current season.

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