Pettit, who actually took a few questions from the gathered media following his statement, would not discuss the events leading up to the bus ride. He would not discuss the chant or say where he learned it or who taught it to him.
"There are no excuses for my behavior. I never thought of myself as a racist. I never considered it a possibility. But the bottom line is that the words I said in the chant were mean, hateful and racist."