NORMAN—Oklahoma freshman safety Steven Parker was arrested early Sunday morning on a complaint of public intoxication, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office.
Parker was arrested by the Norman police about 1:30 a.m. and was booked into Cleveland County jail less than two hours later after being evaluated at Norman Regional Hospital.
He was released at 10:18 a.m.
According to the arrest report, Parker was passed out near a pool of vomit on the ground next to the driver’s side door of a car in a parking lot at Eufaula Street and Webster Avenue.
When the officer approached, Parker woke up but immediately upon standing fell over backwards, the report said. Parker admitted to drinking vodka, was sweating and his speech was slurred.
An OU spokesman said the school was aware of the matter and said it would be handled internally.
Parker took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to apologize.
“Sorry to everybody who trusted in me,” Parker posted. “I will bounce back from this and be somebody who is much better. Mistakes happen, but that’s no excuse.”
Parker was the top recruit in the state last season, committing to the Sooners just before signing day.
The Jenks product, like most OU signees in the 2014 class, began school this summer and is working out with the team.
He was expected to compete for playing time immediately.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops spoke highly of Parker last week in an appearance on Norman radio station KREF, saying “he’ll be fighting for a starting job.”
“He’s got the size and speed,” Stoops said. “He’s a guy we’re really excited about for sure.”