Indiana TE Peyton Hendershot apologetic for 'huge mistake' that led to offseason arrest
Peyton Hendershot was coming off an incredible season on the field when the 2019 campaign came to a close. Just a few months later, he endured what he described as the “lowest point” in his life following an incident with an ex-girlfriend.
Back in February Hendershot was booked into Monroe Country Jail on preliminary charges of felony residential entry, along with misdemeanors for domestic battery, criminal mischief and criminal conversion, following an incident with a former girlfriend.
Per the Herald-Times, Hendershot went to an ex-girlfriend’s apartment and entered without permission. He allegedly took her cellphone to review calls and texts. When the woman attempted to grab the phone, Hendershot “grabbed her by the neck and shoved her against the wall.”
The woman said she called police and Hendershot was arrested at his residence.
Now, months after the incident, the Indiana tight end says he’s “remorseful” for his actions and is apologetic for how he represented himself and the Hoosiers football program.
“I want to say I made a huge mistake and I’m sorry to all the people who were involved,” Hendershot said, per Jon Blau of the Herlad-Times. “Everybody I let down, I feel horrible and so remorseful for it, because there are so many people who have helped me get to where I am in my life.
“I feel like that was just a letdown to all of them and they all believed in me and that’s what I did.”
New tight ends coach Kevin Wright says Hendershot has done everything he’s needed to do to prove that he’s in a better place.
“When things happen off the field, either they are a pattern of things that have happened previously or it’s a one-time deal. I think for him, and his situation, it wasn’t something that had been a repetitive pattern,” Wright said. “It happened, we moved on from it, we talked a lot. I think the biggest thing he did was he took it very seriously on the fact that he wanted to improve, not just as a football player but as a young man.
“I think he’s done every single thing you can possibly do, given the situation he was put in, to try and improve as a young man and not just as a football player.”
Hendershot was one of Indiana’s primary targets in the passing game last season, hauling in 52 passes for 622 yards and four touchdowns. Those totals were good enough for second-best on the team last fall in each category.
Hendershot took a huge step up from the 2017 season, when he totaled 15 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdown catches.
The Hoosiers open the 2020 season at home against Penn State on Oct. 24.