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Hawks news: Dennis Schroder speaks on his recent arrest

Dennis Schroder

Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder is ready to learn from his mistakes.

Following his latest off-court incident that saw him arrested for charges of misdemeanor battery, the 24-year-old has finally opened up and addressed the issue for the first time.

“I’ve been here four years. Came here at 19 and I think (showed) improvement every year,” Schroder said, per Michael Cunningham of Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I just try to get better every day and try to learn. I think we are all human beings. Everybody makes mistakes. I try to learn from it and keep earning my teammate’s trust.”

The German international was arrested at the suburb of Brookhaven last Thursday after initiating contact with a man in a shopping center parking lot. Police responded and detained Schroder along with three other people who also struck the victim.

Schroder didn’t provide specific details about the incident, though he’s clearly repentant about what happened as he vowed to make it up to his teammates.

This is not the first time, however, that the four-year NBA veteran’s attitude has come into question. He missed some games last season after clashing with head coach Mike Budenholzer, and the Hawks even suspended him after reporting back late from the All-Star break.

It remains to be seen if Schroder will indeed live up to his words and show signs of maturity, especially after this recent incident. Nonetheless, Atlanta certainly needs him to be a leader now more than ever, as they aim to make it to their 11th straight playoff appearance.