A road rage incident isn’t keeping Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert from making the team flight to New York.
Gilbert is traveling with the Browns for tomorrow’s game against the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The 23-year-old Gilbert, Cleveland’s top pick in last year’s NFL draft, reportedly crashed his Dodge Charger into a drainage ditch in an incident that began as an altercation with another driver, a 55-year-old man. Police haven’t released the full incident report, but Gilbert and the other man reportedly exchanged words and middle fingers, and Gilbert threw a cup full of tobacco and spit on the other car’s windshield.
Gilbert was cited for driving with a lack of reasonable control and the other driver was cited for aggravated disorderly conduct. Neither man was injured.
Off-field issues were reportedly a concern of the Browns during Gilbert’s rookie year, and the Browns suspended him for the final game of last season. This latest incident suggests that Gilbert still needs to learn to conduct himself like a professional, but the Browns aren’t ready to suspend him again.