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Browns may eventually rescind the Caleb Brantley pick

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Leave it to the Browns to find new ways to do things in the NFL, while still mastering the time-honored trend of losing many more games than they win.

After using a sixth-round draft pick on defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, who currently faces criminal assault charges, executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown said that the team is still investigating the situation, and that the Browns could release him based upon what they eventually learn.

It’s hard not to wonder whether the P.R. reaction from the selection will influence the final decision, regardless of what the team learns through its investigation. Even if the Browns conclude the kid is clean, he still could face prosecution, conviction, and incarceration.

Brantley allegedly punched a woman last week, rendering her unconscious and knocking out a tooth. Before the incident, the player was regarded as a potential first-round pick.

In 1996, the Patriots rescinded their rights to fifth-round defensive lineman Christian Peter after ownership became aware of his criminal history. There, the team knew everything it needed to know before making the pick.

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  1. manzielf says: Apr 29, 2017 4:53 PM

    alleged.

  2. youreclearlyverystupid says: Apr 29, 2017 4:57 PM

    alleged.

  3. NFLexpert says: Apr 29, 2017 4:58 PM

    Bengals on line 1….

  4. noose18 says: Apr 29, 2017 4:58 PM

    If he turns out to be innocent then you can just add this to an already stellar draft.

  5. tigerwoodsballs says: Apr 29, 2017 5:01 PM

    When is Manziel back?

  6. averagepete says: Apr 29, 2017 5:02 PM

    That Factory of Sadness just can’t stop finding new ways to crank out the L’s

  7. deprado1 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:05 PM

    Whether he did this is not in question according to police reports. His lawyer is trying to show video of her walking away after the incident to minimize damages, but there is no dispute he hit her.

  8. mcniner55 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:05 PM

    Wow these fricking guys…. Who can bench press 400 pounds squat 600 pounds and run 40 yards in 5 seconds…. Punch woman in the face? Fricking ridiculous. People like this need to be barred from the team….

    Coming from a fan that is happy that my team released tramaine brock instantly after he choked a woman…. And glad that my team did not draft joe mixon.

    Screw these guys

  9. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 29, 2017 5:07 PM

    Brantley and now Mixon, Ohioians do not deserve all this trouble.
    Maybe in Filthadelphia.

  10. fmc651 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:07 PM

    Cowboys?

  11. Ferdinand says: Apr 29, 2017 5:07 PM

    So, either your draft team is incompetent or they got hit with a bunch of criticism they weren’t expecting.

    Either way, incompetent.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:13 PM

    “while still mastering the time-honored trend of losing many more games than they win.”

    Still mastering???? I think they long since mastered that aspect of the game.

  13. salsendardo says: Apr 29, 2017 5:13 PM

    deprado1 says:
    Apr 29, 2017 5:05 PM
    Whether he did this is not in question according to police reports. His lawyer is trying to show video of her walking away after the incident to minimize damages, but there is no dispute he hit her.

    There are 3 witnesses that dispute that he hit her. There is video showing that he pushed her away after she beat on him. Her lawyer is trying to get a settlement from his lawyer and he refuses to settle. Use google for 2 seconds and you can find this all out.

  14. chicagokman says: Apr 29, 2017 5:19 PM

    They can’t “cut” or “release” a player they haven’t even signed. Just sayin’ . . .

  15. heymister24 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:34 PM

    Dee Haslam said it was ok to give Mixon a second chance, now they give Brantley a second chance.

  16. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:35 PM

    You’re telling me a running back, Mixon, hits harder than a defensive lineman? Get rid of the guy.

  17. descendency says: Apr 29, 2017 5:38 PM

    I could understand this pick if there was a good football reason, but Caleb Brantley has shown up fat and out of shape to offseason stuff. He is accused of assault. Right now, there is just no reason to draft him at all.

  18. cwmore1169 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:40 PM

    Most the people on here commenting haven’t even read the article or watched the press conference.

    The woman was the aggressor and “allegedly” punched him multiple times and he wasn’t charged at the time of the incident, then her lawyers approached him for a settlement two days before the draft but were rebuffed and she filed charges.

    Multiple witnesses have said that he didn’t punch her, including the security guard on duty

    The Browns said based on the outcome of the investigation they would reevaluate the situation once more information was available.

    I’m not an advocate of hitting women but this looks like a cash grab

    Quit drinking that hateraide, #GOBROWNS

  19. theroc5156 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:44 PM

    Yet the Browns won’t get nearly as much crap from the media as the Bengals will for drafting Mixon.

  20. slippery59 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:45 PM

    They can’t “cut” or “release” a player they haven’t even signed. Just sayin’ . . .
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Yeah, they can, his rights now belong to Cleveland, and they can rescind the choice, cut him or release him, how ever you want to put it.

  21. cadreamer1969 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:46 PM

    I’ll see your 3 witnesses (from an article)

    A woman, who told police she was standing next to the victim during the dispute, said in the complaint that Brantley knocked the woman unconscious. Another woman who was there said she saw Brantley “strike the [woman] in the face with a closed fist, knocking [her] unconscious.” The complaint said the second female witness identified Brantley from a photo lineup as the man who threw the punch.

    Brantley’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, said on Tuesday evening they were offered a settlement by the woman’s counsel but have declined and that the woman plans to meet with the Alachua County State Attorney on Wednesday.

    “I was approached by lawyers representing the alleged victim, both yesterday and today,” said Johnson, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “They indicated to me they were meeting with the State Attorney’s Office tomorrow and that they want to settle the case today. I called Mr. Brantley and communicated what they said to me. He told me that under no circumstances were we to offer them money or give them any money. He said no.”

  22. happy1114 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:47 PM

    They either dont give a crap about what the scouts say or the scouts have no say….either way why when your trying to build a program do you bring in this type of individual…only in Cleveland…

  23. liongator says: Apr 29, 2017 5:54 PM

    the chain gang of sadness.

  24. miamiron says: Apr 29, 2017 6:01 PM

    What we do know is he has one of the best hand punches in this draft class

  25. heymister24 says: Apr 29, 2017 6:09 PM

    Apparently Sashi Brown was taking a crap when the Brantley assault news hit the wire.

  26. donbat67 says: Apr 29, 2017 6:24 PM

    welcome to the mistake by the lake ….. I think this team should be auctioned off and moved to a real city .

  27. houtxfan4053 says: Apr 29, 2017 6:25 PM

    “In 1996, the Patriots rescinded their rights to fifth-round defensive lineman Christian Peter after ownership became aware of his criminal history. There, the team knew everything it needed to know before making the pick.”
    =============================
    Seems like the team must not have known “everything it needed to know before making the pick” if they rescinded their rights after selecting him. One would think ownership approval when drafting a player of questionable character is something you need to know BEFORE you make a pick.

  28. dallashomer says: Apr 29, 2017 6:28 PM

    Once again, Cleveland out-Clevelands itself.

  29. dbfan4ever says: Apr 29, 2017 6:34 PM

    If he is released the Bengals will pick him and team him with Joe Mixon.

  30. mrfrostyj says: Apr 29, 2017 6:54 PM

    This article is funny. It starts with how the Browns are so stupid for doing this and they’ll be bad because of it (because we all know all the great talent is in round 6)

    It ends with stating the Patriots also did it in 1996 who seemed to not have that losing problem because of it (they went 11-5 that season and made the Superbowl).

    If he gets off they get first round talent for cheap. If he gets incarcerated they just wasted a pick that was probably going to a practice squad player anyway that they can easily make up in undrafted free agency.

    That’s not a mountain…it’s a mole hill.

  31. campcouch says: Apr 29, 2017 7:04 PM

    Did 90% of you even comprehend the blog you just read?

  32. stairwayto7 says: Apr 29, 2017 7:17 PM

    At least they didn’t draft a kicker…oh wait!

  33. tonebones says: Apr 29, 2017 7:37 PM

    Caleb Brantley is a top 15 talent (if he gets on the field). Myles Garrett is a top 5 talent. Fourth round steal Howard Wilson is a top 10 talent. Seventh round steal Matthew Dayes is a good RB, probably should have gone in the 2nd or 3rd round. The other guys won’t help much. But this is the Browns’ strategy. Accumulate a lot of picks, and even a blind squirrel will find a few nuts here and there. They’ve positioned themselves for the number one pick again next year, when two absolute blue chip QBs will be available. The five year plan is going to work, but it’s going to take five years. Browns’ fans have been waiting long enough. A couple more years ain’t gonna kill them.

  34. jfbowman says: Apr 29, 2017 7:52 PM

    The woman was the aggressor<<<<<<<<are you frozen in a glacier from the last ice age?????

  35. racerx1225 says: Apr 29, 2017 9:01 PM

    Sue her for millions

  36. dirt2013 says: Apr 29, 2017 9:16 PM

    It depends on his ability to play QB.

  37. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Apr 29, 2017 9:27 PM

    slippery59 says:
    Apr 29, 2017 5:45 PM
    They can’t “cut” or “release” a player they haven’t even signed. Just sayin’ . . .
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Yeah, they can, his rights now belong to Cleveland, and they can rescind the choice, cut him or release him, how ever you want to put it.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    If he’s not under contract they can’t cut him. What they do is contact the league office and release his rights (rescind).
    He can sign anywhere just like an UDFA.

  38. tanstewie says: Apr 29, 2017 9:38 PM

    Jason Cole, NFL writer for Bleacher Reporter, tweeted on Tuesday the bar owner said the woman “repeatedly” hit Brantley in chest and arms. A security guard said she punched Brantley in mouth, according to Cole, who resides in Gainesville.

    The security guard told Cole the woman was not unconscious and Brantley did not throw a punch.

  39. monarch76 says: Apr 29, 2017 9:41 PM

    This comment from Sashi seems clear. Settle this and claim your innocence. Then come play. Yes this could be a gold digger. Pay her off and move on.

  40. genericcommenter says: Apr 29, 2017 10:17 PM

    The commentariat here is a strange combination of right wing and beta white knight.

  41. trentdilfer08 says: Apr 29, 2017 10:21 PM

    Forget the jail time….being drafted by the Browns way worse…

  42. tigerwoodsballs says: Apr 29, 2017 10:37 PM

    Who’s most likely to feed the bar employee a few G’s? This trashy woman, or an NFL draft pick?

    People’s motivations can make them lie…..

    All the he-said, she-saids are tricky.

  43. meximyke says: Apr 29, 2017 10:57 PM

    That’s why they changed their name to the cleveland clowns! They just don’t get it! Anyone who punches a women should be banned from entering the NFL! Period!!
    The sleazy NFL, doesn’t care!! That is why the ratings keep dropping and dropping, people are tired of all these criminals, that think they are above the law!

  44. sadman13 says: Apr 29, 2017 10:58 PM

    “Leave it to the Browns to find new ways to do things in the NFL” OK yea the Browns are low hanging fruit. In 1996, the “Patriots rescinded their rights to fifth-round defensive lineman Christian Peter after ownership became aware of his criminal history. There, the team knew everything it needed to know before making the pick.” Yeah You guys love them Pats. Whats worse Picking a abusive loser when you know it or screwing up a pick?

  45. regassert6 says: Apr 29, 2017 11:28 PM

    The Mixon stuff is worse; his interviews are brutal. He blames hitting that girl on putting himself in bad situations….Yeah, logistics was why your reaction to a woman pushing you is a right hook to the dome. Scumbag.

    The good news for scumbags now though, is that the cost of slugging a woman went down from the end of the your declining career to only falling about 20 spots in the draft.

  46. oscarxray says: Apr 30, 2017 2:38 AM

    I think they had pick #185 planned for Joe Mixon so they took the next best worst thing.

  47. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 30, 2017 2:46 AM

    Only Da Browns! More fun than The Three Stooges!

  48. spencerhsite says: Apr 30, 2017 9:36 AM

    If indeed the man is guilty of such behavior, he needn’t despair! I’m MORE than SURE he can sign on with the Bengals. He and Mixon would make a great slimy pair to have on your team!

  49. heymister24 says: Apr 30, 2017 9:41 AM

    Latest version is woman had tooth knocked loose and needs dental work, easy to check on and verify. Looks like open season on bashing women.

  50. captainobvious says: May 1, 2017 9:49 AM

    If there’s no video…didn’t happen.

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