Just as the chatter about him possibly getting some starts for the floundering New York Giants was getting louder, rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta put himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week.
Lauletta was arrested after a traffic incident in New Jersey in which he ignored a police officer who was directing traffic, made an illegal turn, and allegedly almost struck the officer. He was charged with eluding police and reckless driving, among other charges. It was the second straight day that Lauletta had pulled the same illegal move.
It appears the incident won’t really impact his standing with the team.
Pat Shurmur: No suspension
On Tuesday, coach Pat Shurmur told media that Lauletta would not be suspended by the team for his actions, though Lauletta has faced some sort of “internal consequences.”
“I’ve spoken to him numerous times since the event. We have internal ways of handling it, but it will not include a suspension,” Shurmur said. “It’s disappointing because I think, especially with a quarterback, you’re looking at decision-making in all facets of a player’s life.”
Pat Shurmur’s reaction to Kyle Lauletta’s arrest. pic.twitter.com/8tUd0XtAFU
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‘Quarterbacks should be early’
Weehawken Police said the incidents both happened around 8 a.m. Shurmur acknowledged that while Lauletta didn’t have to be at the team facility in East Rutherford, about seven miles west of where he was pulled over, as early on Monday as he did on Tuesday, the day he was arrested, but he was still in danger of being late.
“The whole event is disappointing. The whole event,” Shurmur said, adding that there had not been previous incidents of Lauletta being late.
“But the way I look at it, quarterbacks should be early,” Shurmur said.
Meeting with media for the first time since his arrest, Lauletta apologized.
“The incident that happened last week is a terrible representation of who I am,” he said. “Right is right and wrong is wrong. My parents raised me better than that.”
He added that he’ll have to deal with the consequences of his actions, and that he plans on being the best teammate he can going forward.
Eli Manning will start on Monday night
While some want to see what Lauletta, the 108th pick this year out of Richmond, can do, he’s not going to get his chance this week. Shurmur said he’s told Manning, who has had more bad moments than good this season, that he will start on Monday night as the Giants play the 49ers.
Manning has struggled, though he’s gotten little help from his offensive line: through eight games, he’s been sacked a league-high 31 times.
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