Add Kenny Britt to the growing tally of NFL players piling up arrests this offseason.
The Tennessee Titans wide receiver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated at about 3:30 a.m. in Fort Campbell, Ky., while trying to enter a military base, according to Fort Campbell public information officer Bob Jenkins. Britt failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI when he refused a Breathalyzer test, the Nashville Tennessean reported.
Britt’s run-in with law enforcement is on the latest in a recent string of NFL player arrests. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest, Denver Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil faces charges after he allegedly pulled out a gun during a traffic dispute and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest when he allegedly assaulted his mother.
On Friday, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch issued an apology for his DUI arrest last weekend. But a suspension could be on the way for Lynch, who pled guilty to a traffic violation in which he admitted to hitting a woman with his car and fleeing the scene 2008. The following year he pled guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge that resulted in a three-game suspension.
Like Lynch, discipline could be on the way for Britt, who is also a repeat offender.
Britt’s previous off-the-field problems included outstanding traffic warrants for false statements on his driver’s license application, a ticket for driving without a license, an arrest following a car chase, a lawsuit over his alleged role in a bar fight and charges for resisting arrest after he was confronted by police for suspected marijuana possession, per ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky.
Britt, 23, had arthroscopic surgery on both knees within the last three months and he is currently trying to work his way back into shape in time for the season. He showed flashes of breakout potential in his third season with the Titans, posting 271 yards and three touchdowns during a torrid two-game stretch in September. But Britt tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee in just his third game and missed the remainder of the season.
In a statement issued Friday morning, the Titans said: “We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering more facts.”
In May, Britt said he was determined to re-route his life.
“I’ll be the first to admit I got caught in some difficult circumstances, and made some bad decisions in my past,” Britt told the Nashville Tennessean. “But all that changed me as a person, and I learned from it and got stronger from it.”
Earlier this week, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton attempted to explain the rise in offseason NFL arrests by drawing a comparison to soldiers returning from war.
“It’s basically slightly civilized war, and then they take that into society, much as soldiers come back, and they’ve been in combat or the edge of it and then suddenly that adjustment back to civilian life is a real challenge,” Dayton said during an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.