If Kenny Britt were committed to his craft, he wouldn’t have been arrested again on Wednesday. If he wanted to improve his game and help his team develop, he’d have been at the Tennessee Titans’ player-organized practice yesterday.
Instead, he was in Hoboken, N.J., spending his time (allegedly) resisting arrest:
Police said the former Rutgers star was arrested at a Hoboken car wash Wednesday and charged with resisting arrest after two plainclothes officers suspected he was carrying a marijuana cigar.
Hoboken Detective Sgt. Sam Williams said the officers were in line to pay when they detected the smell of marijuana and tried to arrest Britt. He allegedly resisted and tried to dispose of the cigar, which wasn’t found.
I’m on the verge of filing Britt into the same Tennessee-based cabinet that contains Albert Haynesworth and Pacman Jones. Yet another Titans player who was groomed by Jeff Fisher has what I’d classify as a major character issue.
See, earlier in the day, Britt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving charges. It can be argued that Britt was extremely lucky to have those charges reduced from the felony level, so you’d think that he would make the best of his good fortune. Instead, the turn of events only exacerbated his air of invincibility.
More details on Britt’s past transgressions come courtesy of the Newark Star-Ledger:
Britt was arrested in January 2010 after failing to pay $865 for three outstanding traffic warrants. He had been facing a theft-by-deception charge for not paying bail money he had pledged for a friend, but that $12,500 payment was made earlier this year.
Last October, Britt was involved in a bar room fight at a Nashville club, but was not charged. Last August in Nashville, he received a misdemeanor citation for driving on a revoked license.
How does one dude find this much trouble? Britt’s not receiving any help from the league due to the lockout, which could make matters significantly worse. But that’s no excuse. He’s a grown man who makes his own decisions. Had he been practicing with his team, he wouldn’t have wound up in yet another legal mess and he wouldn’t be facing a potentially large suspension when the NFL does resume operations.
As I wrote when Aqib Talib found new problems in March, situations like these are hard to comprehend. That’s because most of us haven’t lived in the shoes of guys like Britt and Talib. We can’t relate. It just pains us to see gifted human beings throw it all away because they just can’t see things the way we do.