Tag:Kenny Britt
Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 6:12 pm

Britt gets latest charges downgraded

BrittPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Possibly echoing the rest of the NFL’s feelings, Hudson County (N.J.) prosecutor Edward DeFazio told the Tennessean today, “I’m tired of Kenny Britt.”

By that, I mean, “I’m tired of hearing about Kenny Britt get arrested over and over again."

At the same time, DeFazio said, you can’t make a bigger deal about the latest charges (tampering with evidence, obstructing a government function and resisting arrest) against Britt simply because it’s Kenny Britt.

That’s why those three charges were downgraded in court today to disorderly person offenses. Which obviously is good news for Britt, who’s been arrested six times since he was drafted in 2009. (He’ll also have to turn himself into Nashville police once he returns to that city for two outstanding warrants).

If Britt is convicted of his latest downgraded charges, it’s possible he could receive up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine, DeFazio told the paper. But it’s unlikely he’ll do any jail time, though he could receive up to three years probation.

But eventually, if these lesser charges continue to add up, DeFazio might be forced to press for a larger punishment.

“At some point, that would enter into the evaluation process, definitely,” DeFazio said. “That point may be coming. But to be fair, the evidence in this case really is not appropriate for a presentation to the grand jury. It doesn’t rise to that level.”

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:43 am

Heimerdinger, Fisher concerned for Britt

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Kenny Britt has been busy this offseason, but for all the wrong reasons. While most of us have little trouble staying on the right side of the law, Britt struggles to go more than a week without some sort of legal entanglement. He's been arrested six times since the Titans drafted him in April 2009. We're starting to think that the frequent cuffings and stuffings aren't much of a deterrent.

Let's be clear: Britt isn't committing armed robberies or shooting up malls. But repeated arrests for marijuana possession and reckless driving adds up. He's not Hannibal Lecter, but he also struggles to follow the same basic rules the rest of us manage to do without really thinking about it. At worst, Britt could end up in the slammer; at best, his employer can't count on him. And it's not like he's a practice squad scrub -- he would have long been released if he were. Britt's the second-best player on the Titans after Chris Johnson. He's sort of important to what they're trying to do.

Back in April, several arrests ago, Kenny's dad, Jack Britt, told the Newark-Star Ledger that “I’m worried about [Kenny] all the time. … “But my concern is not with Kenny, per se, it’s more with Kenny’s friends, and he knows that. He has too many friends with too much free time. He needs to be around more positive people.”

We don't want to be that guy but, well, that sounds like a job for Kenny's father.

Former Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who's currently battling cancer, told the Tennessean Monday that “Kenny can be as good as anybody, but eventually you have to grow up.” And even though it's no longer Jeff Fisher's problem, Fisher still keeps up with Britt's off-field issues.

“I didn’t get the call but I am following it closely and it is not an easy thing,” Fisher told the Tennessean. “Somehow, deep down, you kind of still feel responsible or still feel like you want to help. I hope he can get things sorted out.”

Last season, when Fisher was still coaching the Titans, he benched Britt after the wide receiver was allegedly involved in a bar fight. These problems now belong to the new guy, head coach Mike Munchak.

“You have to be very careful to jump to conclusions until you get all the facts, and I think that is probably what (Mike) is doing right now, he’s gathering the facts,” Fisher said. “The difficulty is you can’t have contact with him and that is hard on Mike and his staff for sure.”

Maybe the Titans should have someone on staff at the Nashville Police Department. Just to be safe, they might want to include the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and for a national presence, the FBI.

Finally, here's something lawyer and ProFootballTalk.com proprietor Mike Florio wrote about Britt this spring:

"We’ve mentioned once or twice the connection between the lockout and players being locked up. Though we’re not excusing bad behavior, the fact remains that the arrest rate for NFL players tends to go down when they have the structure that comes from being with their teams."

We hate to keep going back to this because it started off as a big joke. But, you know, Ray Lewis wasn't wrong.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 8:46 pm

Plaxico Burress thinks Jets are 'appealing'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Free man Plaxico Burress said at a press conference Monday that he no longer owns guns, which means that if he's ever again shot in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub, it won't be at his own doing.

Burress' media tour also included a sit-down with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, where the former Giants wide receiver called the Jets an "appealing" option, although he wanted to make it clear that he's open to playing anywhere. (The feeling, it seems, isn't universally mutual.)

"Ever since I came to New York, the fans have embraced me," Burress told Smith. "It is a great city and a great town. It will always be a special place to me regardless of what happens. I can't say the Jets or Philly or anywhere of that nature, but I am going to make a decision that is best for me and my family. It may not be the best team but put yourself as a piece to the puzzle and say what's the best chance I have to win a championship."

In late May, a week before Burress was released from prison, we wrote about the likelihood that the Jets would pursue him in free agency.

The Jets have proven time and again that they are unafraid to hitch their wagon to players with baggage (apparently, there's plenty of room on the wagon for both). Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Braylon Edwards are the most recent examples, and they helped the Jets to their second consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance last January. Coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum know what they're doing.

There is also the possibility that Edwards and Holmes could be lost via free agency should there be a season. That explains the interest in Randy Moss, although neither Moss nor Burress offer Mark Sanchez quite the dynamism that Edwards and Holmes provided a year ago.

Last Friday, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora wrote that "The Jets won't fight that hard to keep [Edwards] -- that tells you more than enough." Which leaves open the possibility -- however slim -- that Burress could end up there. And if it does happen, he thinks he can help Mark Sanchez become a better quarterback in much the way he helped Eli Manning during his stint with the Giants.

"Eli has won a championship, and the crazy thing about it is that Mark Sanchez almost gets more pub than the world champion quarterback," Burress said. "And I'm looking at it from afar. The man went out and led the organization to a Super Bowl, but for some reason I guess Mark Sanchez is supposed to be better than the guy that has already won one."

Translation: Even from prison, it's obvious that Mark Sanchez isn't much of an NFL quarterback.

That's a joke, but this isn't: Burress' observations about punishments fitting crimes are spot on.

"You got guys (in there) that are never going home," Burress said of his fellow inmates. "Rapists, murderers, pedophiles, everything that is associated with jail and crime, I was there with them. There were 22 or 23 of us guys on a unit, and I looked at myself and my situation and I was saying, am I really here for what happened to me?

"Looking at what some of those guys were in there for, I didn't think I deserved to be there, but at the same time I was looking at it like, I am going home. Some of these guys are not going home."

Other than New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who disagreed with Burress.

Whatever, that chapter of his life is behind him. Hopefully, the experience makes him a better person. And if Plax is looking for a way to give back, we have a suggestion: How about organizing a "Scared Straight" session for Kenny Britt. Because as it stands, the laws of probability aren't in Britt's favor. It's not a matter of if he'll land in jail, but for how long.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 3:13 pm

Britt wanted by police - this time in Nashville

BrittPosted by Josh Katzowitz

This whole “Kenny Britt is in trouble with the law AGAIN” bit is getting ridiculous.

The Tennessean is reporting that the Titans receiver – who’s been arrested at least six times since he was drafted in 2009 – is wanted by metro Nashville police because of two outstanding warrants sworn out by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

When Britt returns to Tennessee, his lawyer told the paper that Britt would turn himself into authorities.

“To my belief, Mr. Britt’s counsel is aware of the existence of these warrants and we would anticipate that he would report and surrender himself on these and let them be served when he returns to the state of Tennessee,’’ said Don Aaron, the metro police’s spokesman. “If he does not, he’ll be subject to arrest.”

Said Britt’s attorney, Jonathan Farmer: “When he gets back he is going to cooperate fully and we are looking forward to getting that resolved in a quick manner. He takes it seriously and is looking forward to getting it resolved.”

Jeez, I’m just looking forward to not having to write nearly every day about Britt’s legal entanglements. And I'm sure the Titans - who say they're not planning to cut Britt - would like to stop reading about it.

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Posted on: June 11, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 10:59 pm

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Every time an NFL player ends up in the back of the metaphorical squad car, we've joked that Ray Lewis' "No football means more crime" theory of human behavior might be closer to the truth that we'd like to admit.

In just the past week, NFL-related arrests have included the wife of Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (for the sixth time since 2009), and Thursday night, Colts running back Javarris James added his name to the list.

According to TheIndyChannel.com, James, who is cousins with former Indy RB Edgerrin James, was pulled over by Fort Myers, Florida, police "on suspicion of driving with car windows that were too darkly tinted" (if the charge sounds familiar it's because it happens frequently, often to football players). When officers approached James' car they smelled marijuana and found a bud in the center console and more pot on the floor.

James, 23, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Like his cousin, Edgerrin, James grew up in nearby Immokalee, Florida, and played collegiately at the University of Miami. He signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010 but was released on September 4. After brief stops in New England and Washington (and we mean really brief -- he lasted a day with each team), James again signed with Indianapolis. He saw action in 10 games, and totaled 112 yards rushing and 63 yards receiving.

As Colts blog Stampede Blue noted Saturday, when Indy "selected Delone Carter in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the general sense was that Javarris James' days with the Colts were numbered." Getting caught with weed probably doesn't help his chances.

Meanwhile, we eagerly await Ray Lewis' theory on crime control. Because if the lockout doesn't end soon we're going to need it.

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Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:05 pm

Titans won't cut Britt; Collins wants to return

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Once the lockout is lifted -- and that looks like it could happen before July -- the Tennessee Titans will have plenty of personnel decisions to make. In addition to determining if first-round pick Jake Locker can be the Week 1 starter, there's also the small matter of wide receiver Kenny Britt, who can't seem go very long without getting arrested.

Britt's most recent arrest -- his sixth since the Titans drafted him in 2009 -- came Wednesday. But if professional sports have taught us anything it's that talent trumps just about everything else, including character.

It's ironic that we hear so much about the perils of "off-field issues" in the weeks and months leading up to the NFL Draft, when the reality is that "character concerns" work on a sliding scale. A college player projects to be a mediocre pro? He's dropped from most NFL teams' draft board because he's not worth the hassle. But if he projects to be a possible Pro Bowler, there's a willingness to look past certain personality flaws because … well, at the end of the day, the NFL is a business. And, in general, winning is good for business.

So while a lesser player would be in line for his release (teams can't cut players during a lockout), Britt's job is safe. It's one of the perks that come with being a big-play wideout.

Tennessee, more than most teams, is familiar with giving second and third chances to at-risk players. "Under [former head coach Jeff] Fisher, the Titans had a reputation for bending to help players with baggage -- Adam 'Pacman' Jones, Albert Haynesworth and Randy Moss being recent examples," NFL.com's Albert Breer writes. "New coach Mike Munchak wants a more structured environment, and those in the organization expect him to come down hard on Britt whenever the three-month-old lockout ends."

Breer adds that the Titans consider Britt the second-best player on the roster after Chris Johnson. And while they aren't close to giving up on him they will discipline him. Whatever the Titans decided, the league could weigh in, too. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said previously that player misconduct during the lockout could be reviewed once there is a new collective bargaining agreement. Which means that Britt, like Brandon Marshall, could be subject to the league's personal conduct policy.

As for who might be throwing Britt the ball this fall, the list of possible candidates is ever-expanding. We know that the Vince Young era in Tennessee will be over before the ink is dry on a new CBA, but Locker, Matt Hasselbeck, and Kerry Collins are all contenders. General manager Mike Reinfeldt has said from the beginning that the Titans won't rush Locker and that they'd pursue a veteran quarterback.

Hasselbeck's name was floated earlier in the week, and Collins, who sounded like he had taken his last snap for the Titans, told the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt that he definitely wants to come back in 2011. No word on if he's willing to be a nursemaid, however.

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 3:23 pm

Kenny Britt probably won't get jail time

BrittPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While Titans coach Mike Munchak reads the same news articles we do – and can’t get in touch with WR Kenny Britt to ask him what the hell is going on in New Jersey – more information keeps coming out about Britt’s latest arrest on tampering with evidence and resisting arrest charges.

Though he was alleged to have destroyed evidence of marijuana possession before he was arrested, the Hudson County prosecution has not charged Britt with any anything drug-related, and according to the Tennessean, he’s probably not looking at any jail time either.

Britt will be back in court June 16 to face his latest charges.

“I don’t like to say this, but these things in the overall scheme of things are not the most serious matters we have to deal with,’’ prosecutor Edward DeFazio told the paper. “But he just can’t seem to avoid people and places that present problems. This incident, on the face of it, is not very serious.

“If he were to be convicted he could get probation, and technically he could be subject to jail time,’’ DeFazio said. “But as a practical matter, since he has no criminal convictions, there is a presumption that he would not be incarcerated.”

And as for his coach? After all, Munchak is the one who has to stand by idly and watch Britt, who’s been arrested six times since he was drafted in 2009, struggle to keep himself out of handcuffs. Munchak can’t do anything but wait.

“It is a case of probably making some bad decisions and something we’ll talk about when we get our opportunity,” Munchak said. “Unfortunately he’s had a few things that have come up with him this offseason. Any time any of our players have issues it is concerning, no matter what the issue is. We want the best for them. This is a tough time because we don’t know.”

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Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 6:22 pm

More charges for Kenny Britt

BrittPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Because we just can’t get enough of the battles between New Jersey police and Titans WR Kenny Britt – he pleads guilty to crimes and then hours later, gets arrested again by narcotics officers – here’s the latest.

According to the The Tennessean, Britt, originally arrested for resisting arrest, has been charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing a government function because he allegedly crushed a cigar containing marijuana while officers tried to arrest him.

According to the complaint, Britt was approached by two officers in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday night, and he broke a rolled-up cigar leaf in half, destroying the evidence before officers could investigate it.

The complaint also states, Britt "did purposely prevent or attempt to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of force or violence, specifically by refusing to open your hand when ordered to do so then pulling your hand away."

It should be noted that though Britt pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge a day before his latest arrest, he was originally accused of leading officers on a high speed car chase.*

*If Britt is not going to stop finding reasons for officers to arrest him, the least he could is not make life so damn difficult for the policemen who have to handcuff him.

The charges could land Britt in trouble with the law, but they're also probably going to land him in hot water with commissioner Roger Goodell. Yet, there is good news for Britt and Titans.

As of 5:33 p.m. ET, Britt had not been arrested by police this ENTIRE afternoon.

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