Giants’ Kyle Lauletta issues statement, apologizes for arrest
New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta issued a statement Tuesday morning in which he apologizes for his arrest last month.
“The incident that happened last week is a terrible representation of who I am and what I stand for,” Lauletta’s statement reads, via TMZ Sports. “Right is right and wrong is wrong. My parents raised me better than that. It’s tough, and I have to take it as a lesson and move forward from it.
“I have to deal with the consequences, and that’s that. … I’m going to do everything I can to be the best teammate I can be, get back to work and try to keep moving forward one day at a time.”
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. The police report documenting the incident is unflattering to say the least.
Lauletta also praised Eli Manning in the statement, hailing his fellow Giants quarterback as “one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” adding the veteran was “supportive” and “reached out later that day and it meant the world to me.”
For Lauletta, the arrest could not have come at a worse time, as there appeared to be some possibility of playing time sooner rather than later. In fact, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made some vague comments last week about Manning that could have been interpreted as a hint that Lauletta may have have been named the team’s Week 10 starter after the Giants return from the bye.
Shurmur, however, indicated on Tuesday that Manning would start against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, although would not rule out sitting the veteran at some point this season.
As far as any discipline Lauletta may face, the Giants indicated on Tuesday any punishment will be handled internally.