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Michael Turner

Apologizes for DUI Arrest

'It Was a Bad Decision'

9/19/2012 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Turner has issued an apology to the Atlanta Falcons and their fans for his DUI arrest ... saying the whole thing was a "bad decision on my part."

The star NFL running back addressed the media early Wednesday morning ... saying, "I'd like to apologize to Mr. Blank (Falcons owner), Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons GM), Mike Smith (head coach) and the whole Falcons organization and the fans out there for the situation that I’m in right now,."

“It was a bad decision on my part. I can’t say too much about it in detail right now. I’m just trying to move forward from here.”

As we previously reported 30-year-old Turner was initially pulled over Tuesday morning for speeding ... and during the stop, cops suspected Michael was drunk and arrested him for DUI.

When asked if he would be playing this week, Michael said, "Nobody has told me that I’m NOT playing so, I’m just going to prepare like I am.”

Still, Turner says he's disappointed in himself for putting himself in the situation in the first place -- "I’m just taking it day by day. I’m around the guys right now and they are keeping me encouraged and telling me to keep my head up and take it day by day.”

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