New York Giants backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested en route to practice Tuesday morning and charged with a series of crimes, some traffic-related and some related to his apparent behavior once he was stopped by Weehawken police.
Charges against Lauletta include eluding police, a third-degree crime, obstructing administration of law and resisting arrest. Lauletta also faces traffic charges including reckless driving. Weehawken police indicated this was the second straight day in which Lauletta had been involved in an incident near the approach to Route 495.
Here is the full statement from the Weehawken Police Department:
Weekawken Police release a statement on Kyle Lauletta's arrest:— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) October 30, 2018
"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
Lauletta, of course, was not at practice, which the Giants suddenly and unusually closed to the media.
Coach Pat Shurmur initially told reporters that “everybody was out here” at practice before later releasing this statement:
Pat Shurmur on the arrest of roomie QB Kyle Lauletta: "We were made aware of the situation this morning, and we have been in contact with Kyle. We are still in the process of gathering information. This is obviously very disappointing."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 30, 2018
Speaking on WFAN Tuesday afternoon, Shurmur addressed the Lauletta situation.
Pat Shurmur promised "This is not going to be taken lightly." https://t.co/sIuhw4CBTO— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 30, 2018
Many Giants fave been hoping to see Lauletta, the fourth-round pick out of Richmond, play in place of Eli Manning as the Giants have fallen to 1-7.
Lauletta has been the team’s third-string quarterback and has not yet been activated for a game.
Could he still get an opportunity to play this season?
Pat Shurmur on @WFAN660 says he wants to "sort out what happened today" before he talks about whether Kyle Lauletta will get a shot on the field this season.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) October 30, 2018
Here is Lauletta leaving the police station on Tuesday:
Kyle Lauletta walking out of the Weehawken police station as more details of arrest emerge https://t.co/ltOUfucoVc pic.twitter.com/nKyqlS6nZZ— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) October 30, 2018