Saquon Barkley reacts to Kyle Lauletta arrest: ‘Definitely shocking’
Saquon Barkley briefly reacted on Tuesday to the arrest of fellow New York Giants rookie Kyle Lauletta, saying finding out about the incident left him shocked.
According to a report from NJ Advanced Media, the media outlet that first scooped the story of Lauletta’s arrest, the rookie signal-caller nearly ran over a police officer while attempting to make a right turn from the wrong lane in Weehawken, N.J.
“We were made aware of the situation this morning, and we have been in contact with Kyle,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “We are still in the process of gathering information. This is obviously very disappointing.”
Weekawken Police have since issued a detailed statement regarding the arrest as well.
Weekawken Police release a statement on Kyle Lauletta's arrest:
"Upon being directed by an officer to continue in his marked lane, Mr. Lauletta attempted to evade him, making an illegal turn and continuing towards Route 495, almost striking the officer" pic.twitter.com/FIBVhkgugt
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) October 30, 2018
Players reportedly were catching up on the Lauletta arrest news during the open locker room session following practice. Barkley was among the Giants players who were previously left in the dark about Lauletta’s absence during Tuesday’s practice session.
“Definitely really surprised,” Barkley said, via ESPN. “Don’t know too much about it. That’s more sort of a question for Coach Shurmur.
“I know Kyle really well and it was definitely shocking. I don’t know too much about it to speak on it, to be honest, but I know it’s really nothing probably. I know it sounds crazy, but I know it’s probably nothing crazy because of the person he is.”
The arrest could not have come at a worse time for both the Giants and Lauletta. Mired in a miserable 1-7 season heading into a Week 9 bye, the Giants obviously do not need these kind of headlines, as the team already is getting savaged by the brutal New York media.
For Lauletta, there appeared to be a possibility of some playing time sooner rather than later. In fact, Shurmur’s vague comments on Monday about Eli Manning’s status could be interpreted as a hint that Lauletta may have have been named the team’s Week 10 starter after the Giants return from the bye. The arrest of course jeopardizes any plan of starting Lauletta, if not ruling it out entirely.