"My fellow Detroiters.
Let me begin by apologizing to you for my conduct in concealing my extramarital romantic involvement with Christine Beatty. I have betrayed my wife, my children, and the longtime friendship I shared with both her and her former husband, Lou. And I betrayed the trust that the voters of this city placed in me when they elected me to a second term in 2005.
Because of this, I have decided to resign my post as mayor of Detroit, effective immediately. I can no longer effectively run the city and continue the great progress we have made with this scandal hanging over my head. I acted inappropriately by attempting to conceal our handling of the Gary Brown matter and further, by pre-emptively settling this lawsuit with taxpayer dollars in an attempt to keep the affair and our untruthful denials of it secret.
I speak to you from my church, because I am humbled before God and am asking His grace and forgiveness and for yours. Again, I apologize for the shame and dismay this conduct has brought to my family and to the city that nurtured me and that I love. I believe this is the best way to continue moving forward to the Next Detroit.
What I will hear tonight:
Blah blah blah outside white media suburban interests taking down black man blah blah hubris blah blah ego blah blah race-baiting blah blah not my fault.