Updating an item we first mentioned in this morning’s links post, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt now has a court date after allegedly doing his best Dukes of Hazard impression in his hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. Or maybe it was the continued inexplicable existence of the Fast and Furious series that inspired Britt. We’ll never know.
Britt was pulled over for speeding while racing along merrily in his Porsche. Any reasonable, logically-thinking person would yield to the authorities in this situation, talk to the officer, accept their ticket, and move on with their evening. Britt isn’t normal (allegedly), and he kept on truckin’. On April 19 Britt will face charges of eluding a police officer, lying to an officer and hindering apprehension, and obstructing governmental function following a stop.
Jerel Lord, a passenger in the vehicle, will be charged with marijuana possession (you knew that was coming), resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental function.
Go ahead Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, give us more details of the latest football player to deal with a bout of supreme idiocy (allegedly).
Sgt. James Kuklinski said the incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after Britt was clocked driving his blue Porsche 71 mph in a 50 mph zone. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the Porsche sped up and began weaving in and out of highway traffic before exiting the highway. It later was spotted on a local street with Britt and Lord walking away from the vehicle, Kuklinski said.
Britt and Lord denied being in the vehicle.
“The officer ordered them to stop, and they denied it was their car,” Kuklinski said. “When other officers arrived, the passenger fled and the officers apprehended him following a foot pursuit, and he was placed under arrest.”
Britt didn’t run, and after initially claiming the vehicle wasn’t his, he then backed off and said he wasn’t the driver. He was arrested and later released, and will face his charges next Tuesday. At least he didn’t try Legadu Naanee’s trademark line.
Just two years into his NFL career, Britt is quickly becoming yet another tremendously talented player with character flaws and a tendency to find trouble when he’s not playing football. That’s problematic given that he plays the sport with the shortest season, and longest offseason.
The Titans made a heavy investment in Britt, taking him with their 30th overall pick of the 2009 draft. He came through on an anticipated second-year breakout, hauling in 775 receiving yards and nine touchdowns despite missing four games due to injury.
Tipping the scales in the other direction has been his behaviour off the field. Britt was also involved in a bar fight in Tennessee–although he wasn’t charged–and this wasn’t his first traffic-related run-in with the law. He’s also had his license suspended after an arrest for outstanding traffic warrants, and he’s received a misdemeanour citation for driving on a revoked license.