About 48 hours after jumping over the boards to help Phil Kessel in a fight — a transgression that earned him a 10-game suspension —new Leafforward David Clarkson was ready to talk about it. He addressed the media after the Leafs’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Here’s a transcript of the scrum which lasted seven minutes 44 seconds. DAVID CLARKSON: “I want to say sorry for not answering anything. But I didn’t get suspended until (Monday) night at 9:30 and I didn’t want to be a distraction on gameday. I want to say sorry to everybody for not being available. I was just doing what I thought was best in waiting for the suspension to come down.” MEDIA: Are you appealing? CLARKSON: “Every situation you look at your options. You see what you can do and can’t do. I’m not going to appeal. I’m going to take this one. I think it’s over with. It’s something you put behind you. I’m going to work hard in practice. I’m going to push these guys in those first 10 games to be better. I’m going to do what they brought me (for). I’m going to do those things in practice. I’m going to train extra hard to get ready. MEDIA: Take us back to the incident what were you thinking? CLARKSON: “I think I sometimes make decisions with my heart not my head. I saw a teammate I felt was in trouble. My reaction was to help. You can have many different opinions. That was my mindset going in. I was going in there to help and settle things down. That was the intent.” MEDIA: Does it disappoint you that a five-minute-a-game guy gets no suspension for going after a player like Phil? CLARKSON: “I’m not going ot comment on that. I’m a grown man. I’m going to take this for what I did. Be accountable. I’ll say sorry to the fans or anybody who is disappointed. My teammates in here are what’s first to me. That’s what’s got me to where I am in my career. That’s why I believe I’m here. That’s the person I am. If anyone was in trouble I would try to go to help. That is what I did.” MEDIA: How far away does Oct. 25 feel? CLARKSON: “It feels very far. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through in my career. Especially being excited to be here. Getting used to things. Starting to feel my legs. No one in my life is perfect. When you make a mistake you’ve got to live up to it and deal with it. I’m ready to do that. I’m going to work hard. I’m going to do those things off the ice. Try and make my teammates better. Be there to support guys in the locker room. I’m going to do the same exact thing. I’ll be on the sidelines being the biggest cheerleader I can.” MEDIA: Did you even have a moment of hesitation? CLARKSON: “It was a reaction like you have a little brother and you feel that he’s in trouble and you feel there’s a situation where you can get out and help. That was the feeling I had in my belly. I had the feeling that to do something. I’ve got to pay the consequences for it. That was the feeling. To go out and help or to calm down the situation. I’ll serve my 10 games and come back better for it.” MEDIA: At what point did you realize the decision was going to cost you 10 games? CLARKSON: “Everything happened so quick. I don’t think I realized. I saw something go on that I hadn’t seen that I had never been a part of. It’s hard for anyone to say anything unless you are standing in my skates. I hadn’t seen something like that go down before. I’ve been involved in brawls. But I don’t think I realized until I got in here. I was handed the suspension last night. I apologize to every one of you.” MEDIA: Do you feel as strongly about it now as you did at the moment? CLARKSON: “I think in every situation things happen in life. Depending on the situation you’ve got to sit there and make a split decision. The part that sucks is that I’m missing these games. I feel I’m here to do that stuff too but the scoring the down low work are what I’m here to do to make a difference on that ice. At the same time I think defending teammates is what’s in me. It’s what I’ve done my whole life. The 10-games thing is tough to swallow. When there are rules in place you have to abide by them. MEDIA: What did Randy tell you? CLARKSON: “Randy’s been supportive. He’s a coach I don’t know too well. He’s been very good about it. He’s been you want to say supportive but there. Every guy in this locker room thanked me or said something kind to me or said some words. Those mean more to me than anything. Texts I’ve gotten from other players that means a lot. it’s a tough decision.”