"It's been a lot to deal with," Sparks said, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton. "I understand what I did."
Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe said what happened was part of the education of a professional athlete. Sparks started for the club Saturday, stopping 27 of 30 shots in a 3-2 loss.
While the Marlies and Leafs believed Sparks' intentions were in the right place, the goaltender acknowledged his mistake and the lessons he learned.
"I should know the difference between what I can and can't say. It's just holding myself to a higher standard of professionalism."