Dear Editor: I am writing to apologize for my attitude and lack of respect for fans, players and coaches.I also want to apologize for my representation of the Aspen High School athletic program, but especially the baseball team. For those of you who have heard of, or witnessed, the incident in which I was involved, on Saturday the 29th of April in Hotchkiss, I sincerely apologize. My emotions did in fact get the best of me and I said some things that I now regret. I want to apologize personally and publicly for my actions and words to the coaches, Matthew Lilleberg and Dan Vesper, to the dedicated fans and parents who have supported us consistently, to Mr. Conarroe, but most importantly to my team. I know that I let you down. I left you and I am fully aware of that. It was the worst afternoon I have ever experienced in my relation to a sporting event.I take full responsibility for my actions and realize that they were unacceptable. I made two commitments, and due to circumstances, they overlapped. I chose to allow one previous commitment to take precedent over another and therefore, chose to let my team down. I am truly sorry.Whatever happens with my inclusion amid the team for the rest of the year will be a decision made by the coaches, but I want my team to know that I will continue to show my support for you and wish that I had chosen to do things differently. I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart. Good luck in the playoffs. I’ll be there; go Skiers!J. Tristan KanipeAHS seniorAspen
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