East Rutherford NJ- Kyle Lauletta had a full week to prep for Tuesday’s media session and it was must see TV for his explanation with on what happened with his arrest in Wheehawken, NJ last tuesday. The team was prepping for the bye week after a struggling 1-7 start.
The rookie had been drafted in the 4th round of this years NFL draft and was prepping to eventually play this year as Eli Manning and the Giants have struggled. Many signs had pointed to the team eventually giving the rookie the opportunity to see some regular time unlike Davis Webb last season.
Lauletta was pulled over on the way to Giants practice for eluding the police which is a third-degree crime. obstructing administration of law and resisting arrest, motor vehicle charges for reckless driving, disregarding an officer’s directions, an improper turn in a marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane. Lauletta had issues in the past as he had been charged with reckless driving in Virginia, in 2017 and found guilty of failure to obey a highway sign.
Lauletta met with the media and explained how ashamed he was of the whole situation. “I just want to apologize to the Giants organization, all the coaches, my teammates, the fans, and my family, especially my parents. The incident that happened last week is a terrible representation of who I am and what I stand for, and I do recognize that those cops have a very difficult job, an important job at that. I’ve seen that intersection when there are no officers and it’s very chaotic, so I respect those guys and I can’t say I’m sorry enough about what happened. ”
Coach Shurmer stated that there will be know harsh penalty against Kyle but wishes his decision making was more solid. “I’m disappointed because I think especially with a quarterback, you’re looking at decision-making in all facets of a player’s life. He’s back to work, that will take care of itself. We’ve kind of stated what we feel about that, but he’s back to work trying to get himself ready to play. I released a statement that I’m just disappointed in the way that went down. I’ve spoken to him numerous times since the event, and we have internal ways of handling it, but it will not include a suspension. ”
Lauletta admitted that he had opened up to teammate Eli Manning about the situation and the Super Bowl winning QB was nothing but supportive to his teammate. “Eli’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had and he was just supportive. He was there for me. I’m there for him and I support him all the way, so we have a great relationship and right now my goal and my focus is to help myself get ready, but also help Eli and be there for him in whatever ways I can, but I do appreciate Eli and he reached out later that day and it meant the world to me. Really meant a lot coming from Eli. ”
The Giants leave Sunday to play the 49ers on Monday Night Football on ESPN. COverage starts at 8pm