Kyle Lauletta is in the news for all the wrong reasons, but the New York Giants quarterback is looking to make things right.
Last week was supposed to be an uneventful week for the New York Giants since they were on their bye week.
But last Tuesday, their rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested for making an illegal right turn from the wrong lane on Route 495 West in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Lauletta who was driving a Jaguar was told by a police officer on the scene to drive straight. But Lauletta ignored the officer’s directions and proceeded to make an illegal right turn. He then refused several instructions by another officer after he was stopped at the end of the on-ramp and was then arrested.
Lauletta was charged with eluding police, obstructing administration of law, resisting arrest, reckless driving, disregarding an officer’s directions, improper turn in a marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane.
On Tuesday, Lauletta and the rest of the Giants were back at their practice facility as they prepare for their Monday night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
He addressed the media for the first time since being arrested.
“First thing’s first, 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. All I can do now is just move forward and try to prove myself by my actions and my work ethic, just kind of come back to work and try to put this behind me and continue to be a great teammate and just try to continue to develop and be the best player I can be. That’s all I can control, so that’s what I’m going to do and just move forward from it and focus on the 49ers this coming Monday.”
Rookie QB Kyle Lauletta discusses last week's incident and the importance of learning from his mistakes. pic.twitter.com/f6UCewV8VA
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Lauletta’s arrest was just another black eye in what has been another dismal season for the Giants.
The Giants will not suspend Lauletta, but after this incident, you have to wonder if he’ll see the field this season. The arrest couldn’t have come at a worse time for Lauletta as he was set to see an increase in reps the day of the arrest.
Prior to the arrest, there were thoughts that Lauletta might be active for the first time this season against the 49ers. But not it seems a foregone conclusion that it will once again be Alex Tanney backing up Eli Manning.
Following the game against the 49ers, the Giants will have seven games left on the schedule. Lauletta will have to hope between now and the end of the season he can make amends and have the Giants restore their faith in him, and let him see his first NFL action.