Gavin Henson has apologized for his behaviour on a flight chartered by his Cardiff Blues side.
Henson has been suspended pending ‘discussions’ regarding his behaviour.
In the week leading up to a Heineken Cup quarter-final (against reigning champions Leinster); it’s the last thing the Blues need.
This is the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents involving the 30 year-old who returned to rugby following an 18 month sabbatical from the game.
The Blues had suffered a 31-3 defeat to Glasgow and were on a flight back to the Welsh capital when the ‘incident’ occurred. Henson has issued an apology stating: “I would like to publicly apologize for drinking on that flight which is inappropriate behaviour. I admit I had been out drinking in Glasgow on the Friday night following our game against Glasgow Warriors and had stupidly carried on drinking on the flight, for which I am truly embarrassed about.
I can see that drinking and behaving inappropriately on that flight as a professional sportsman at 7am has caused offence to members of the public, the Flybe Airline staff and passengers. I know that I have let my teammates, coaches, management, sponsors and indeed my family down with my actions.”
The airline Flybe has confirmed that it was carrying out an investigation.
Upon returning from rugby, Henson has struggled to hold down a club rugby role. The two-time Grand Slam winner was released from his contract with Ospreys in October 2010 so as to sign for Saracens. After playing four games for Saracens, starting one, he was released from his contract, in February 2011. He then joined Toulon before being released from his contract with the French big spenders at the end of May. In October he signed an eight month contract with the Blues.