State Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields issued a public apology Tuesday for an incident in which he was taken to Oklahoma's detox center after he was suspected of stealing a professional bull rider's guitar at a party Saturday.
"I acknowledge an incident occurred last Saturday night, however, it was simply a misunderstanding of a practical joke among friends gone bad," Fields said in a prepared statement. "I am embarrassed about the incident and take full responsibility. I apologize for my actions and ask for forgiveness."
Fields, 50, reportedly was tackled by witnesses after taking a performer's guitar at an "after party" that followed the Professional Bull Riders Inc. Copenhagen Challenger Tour Championship event in Oklahoma City. The party was at the Cox Convention Center.
Fields was turned over to off-duty Oklahoma City police officers who were working the door. Subsequently, he was transported the Public Inebriate Alternative center north of Bricktown, where an official said he stayed about 10 hours.
Fields allegedly was drunk, but he was not arrested. Oklahoma City police did not fill out an incident report and refused Monday to identify Fields by name.
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