DeShone Kizer vows not to be a distraction after partying incident
DeShone Kizer on Monday acknowledged being spotted at a downtown Cleveland Bar in the early hours of Saturday morning was not a good look. The Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback also promised he wouldn’t continue to be a distraction for the 0-7 team.
“When you become the centerpiece of a distraction for a week, it definitely is very frustrating on my part,” Kizer said, via ESPN. “That is not who I am. My mother wouldn’t be proud of this. That is pretty much the biggest takeaway is do whatever you can to make sure that you are not a distraction.”
Multiple videos surfaced courtesy of several Cleveland media outlets showing Kizer out late at a bar. While Browns head coach Hue Jackson insisted players should be allowed to have a social life, so long as it doesn’t violate the law or team rules. But he cautioned players about the risks of such situations, especially in the age of social media.
Kizer appeared to be hanging out with teammates Kenny Britt, Christian Kirsjey and Corey Coleman, along with a few players from the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland natives Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce, per WKRK.
The fact that the Browns already have dealt with these kind of distractions with NFL bust Johnny Manziel only exacerbates the poor optics of the entire situation.
Kizer was asked about serving as a distraction on a team already reeling without a victory this season.
“With that, it is on me to make sure that, from here on out, I am not a distraction and I am only an asset to this team, not a guy that is pulling away from the ultimate goal,” Kizer said.
Kizer, selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, has struggled after being named the Browns’ starting quarterback ahead of the season. He has been benched several times over turnovers to the tune of a 3-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Jackson has stated Kizer’s night out won’t impact who starts against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in London, although he declined to say who will get the nod just yet.