Browns wide receiver Greg Little addressed the media today after his speeding tickets and single-car crash in April made headlines Wednesday. Little insisted he realizes that he must slow down.
In April, Little admitted to driving 127 mph on the Jennings Freeway in Cleveland, where he lost control, hit a guardrail and knocked down a light pole, according to the police report. He was fined $350.
“It's obviously something that I've got to take very seriously and slow my speeds down and be cautious of others on the road,” Little said. “I could have seriously put my life and other lives in danger.”
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he reprimanded Little and fellow starting wide receiver Josh Gordon, who also has recently been ticketed for speeding. Chudzinski would not reveal whether he disciplined the players, but he said both of them were remorseful.
“We take that seriously,” Chudzinski said. “It’s not acceptable. I’ve sat down with both of those guys individually and talked to them and addressed that with them as well as with the team.
“All these guys are guys that are learning how to mature. We’re working to build a locker room and a team and a foundation of guys that are accountable and that’s what being a Brown is going to be all about.”
Chudzinski said the violations will not affect the playing time of Little and Gordon for the third preseason game Saturday at the Indianapolis Colts.
Little said he notified the Browns right away after his crash in April. He said he doesn't expect any of the incidents will cost him playing time.
"It was really just a mindless effort on my behalf and just not thinking at all, just being careless of the, you know, there are laws in place on the roads and just not abiding by them," Little said. … "It was just a pothole that burst my two back tires and that was it."
Little said he feels lucky to be alive.
"Yeah, it was a pretty traumatic experience and it's something that I learned from,” Little said. “And I'm just trying to move forward and just learn from it."
Little was also cited Monday night for driving 81 mph in a 60-mph zone on I-71 in Strongsville and for driving with expired license plates, according to 19 Action News (WOIO), which broke the story Wednesday.
Also, fellow Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was cited for driving 45 mph in a 25-mph zone in May and did not appear in court as scheduled, according to the report. Last week, he was cited for traveling 98 mph in a 60-mph zone.
Gordon was not made available for comment.
None of the incidents involved alcohol, a team spokesman said.
The Browns also issued the following statement Wednesday: “We’re aware of the situation involving the players and their unacceptable driving records. We take matters such as this very seriously. We’ve spoken to both individuals, and will address the issue with the entire team.”