In the wake of a major scandal involving his alleged sexual misconduct, former NC State basketball star Darnell Martin has taken a step toward rehabilitation.
The New Orleans native, who was suspended indefinitely in November, signed a one-year contract with Nike in February to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Martin will become the second NC State player to sign a Nike deal this year after Shaquille O’Neal signed in January.
He is the first player from the program to sign the shoe company’s signature shoe since he retired in 2014.
The signing marks a dramatic shift for Martin.
In a statement released Tuesday, he said that he was disappointed with his treatment at NC State, which has been rocked by multiple scandals involving its men’s basketball program.
“I am deeply sorry for what I did,” Martin said in the statement.
“I have taken steps to make amends.
I have spoken to the leadership of the school and the NC State Board of Governors.
I would like to thank them for their trust and confidence in me.
NC State University has offered to work with me and the school’s leadership to help me become the best man for the team.”
Martin has been suspended indefinitely by NC State since the end of November, when he allegedly engaged in a sexual encounter with a student while he was a student at the university.
Martin was suspended for two weeks after his arrest.
He later apologized for his actions, saying he regretted his actions.
He will join the West Virginians this summer after spending a year and a half playing professionally in the United States.
He averaged 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season for the Mountaineer men’s team.