Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins was cited for drag racing just minutes away from the team facility on Tuesday morning, according to Scott Petrak of BrownsZone.com.
Higgins and another car — which was driven by rookie offensive lineman Jedrick Wills — were stopped by Westlake Police just before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and both given traffic citations, per the report. Specifics surrounding the incident are not yet known.
“We are aware of the incident, will gather more information and handle this matter appropriately,” a Browns spokesman said, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
Higgins deletes tweets about incident
Higgins didn’t seem too remorseful over the incident, either.
The 26-year-old fired off, and then later deleted, two tweets on Tuesday. One read “foot slipped,” and the other said that he “was tryna get away from COVID.”
Wills defended the incident, too, saying it was being blown out of proportion.
So nobody has ever tried to beat someone off the line at a red light for a max 30 meters? Ight.. Blowing it way out of proportion. Ik y’all road ragers have
— Jedrick Wills Jr.®️++💕 (@JWills73) January 6, 2021
Higgins just wrapped up his best season in the league yet with the Browns. He finished with a career-high 599 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 52 receptions while helping Cleveland reach the postseason for the first time since 2002. He is currently on a one-year, $910,000 deal with the Browns.
Cleveland is set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in its wild-card game on Sunday, though the Browns were off on Tuesday while dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. Coach Kevin Stefanski is one of five members of the team to contract the coronavirus, which forced the team to close the facility. Though Stefanski is expected to miss the contest, it is still slated to take place as scheduled in Pittsburgh.
It’s unclear what punishment, if any, the team will hand down following the drag racing incident.
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