Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer has backtracked and offered an apology to the team for being a distraction due to the attention he’s received for his late-night partying, according to ESPN reporter Pat McManamon.
WOIO Cleveland 19 obtained video of the former Notre Dame star partying at a downtown Cleveland bar at nearly 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. About 36 hours after his partying, the Browns lost to the Tennessee Titans 12-9 in overtime and Kizer was pulled in the third quarter after two interceptions.
“When you become the centerpiece of a distraction for a week, it definitely is very frustrating on my part,” Kizer said one day after the Browns lost for the seventh time in seven games this season. “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.”
Browns coach Hue Jackson forgives the former Notre Dame star while using him to issue a warning to the team.
“I think everybody has to be careful, not just DeShone, not just the quarterback, I think all of our players do,” Jackson said. “Just because I think those are the things that become headlines more so than what is really the issue [that] we have to play football better.”
WKRK reported that wide receivers Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman and Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey, as well as Kansas City Chiefs players Kareem Hunt and tight end Travis Kelce were with Kizer.
Kizer has learned from his mistake and is ready to lead by example.
“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,” he said.
Kizer previously shrugged off questions from the media about whether his partying showed a lack of commitment, according to ESPN reporter Pat McManamon.
“I was out,” Kizer said. “I was at the facility the next day, preparing for the game and the game right before that. Once again, I am not here to talk about my personal life.”
However, Jackson and his teammates held Kizer accountable.
“A guy’s personal time is his personal time, but I still think that is not what our guys do,” Jackson said. “I think our guys work at what they do, and I would be surprised if that happened. I have never heard of that. I don’t think DeShone has that kind of character or personality that way.”
According to Cleveland.com reporter Mary Kay Cabot, Browns wide receiver Ricardo Louis objected to Kizer’s partying.
“Personally for me, I don’t think people should be going out and doing whatever,” Louis said after the game. “For me, I don’t think I’d be doing that. I had no idea about that.”
Kizer has an NFL-worst 11 interceptions this season.
Jackson will announce the Browns’ starting quarterback on Wednesday for the Oct. 29 contest in London vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
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