Confused Titan Britt not OKed for ‘drive’
Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 3:55 pm
By: By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt said Thursday confusion over a misplaced driver’s license led to his being ticketed for driving without a license and being late for curfew during training camp.
Britt said he lost his license and went to the Department of Safety in Tennessee for a new one when he was told New Jersey had placed a hold on his license. Needing identification to board a plane, Britt was issued a photo I.D.
“I asked the lady if I found my license would it be OK to drive. She said OK. I found my old license. I also had a paper from New Jersey to release my license, but I never went back to motor vehicles. The lady said I was OK with the license in my hand,” Britt said after practice.
He was arrested in January when police found three outstanding traffic warrants from two different New Jersey towns. Britt paid the $865 due and was released. Britt had been driving around both New Jersey and Tennessee the past few months, and he said he actually had been stopped a couple times without the issue coming up.
But he was with his fiancee on his way back to the team hotel 30 minutes before curfew when an officer pulled him over because the windows in the Camaro Britt has been driving around town for more than a year were tinted too dark. The officer found Britt listed in the computer as “unlicensed” with the license for “ID only.”
Britt was ticketed for driving without a license, and the officer then checked his fiancee’s license to make sure she was cleared to drive.
“Well, the organization has been very much involved in trying to monitor things that need to be cleaned up early in the offseason, and we were led to believe that they were taken care of,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “You know we do have the capabilities and we probably should do a little bit more than we have, but when someone says everything is fine we assume that everything is fine.”
The Titans’ top draft pick in 2009, Britt had a team-high 701 yards receiving. He was late for curfew but had a strong practice Thursday, including catching a long ball in perfect stride for a would-be touchdown.
His problem now? Finding time to deliver the paperwork from New Jersey clearing the hold on his license. The Titans’ lone day off is Sunday when state government offices are closed. Britt said he will have to talk to Fisher because he doesn’t trust anyone to handle this task.
“I have to handle things myself,” Britt said.
NOTES: The Titans waived-injured fullback Willie Rose. He had been on the physically unable to perform list with a low back issue. Fisher said they will be looking to bring in another player and that the roster limit of 80 makes it difficult in camp.