NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will meet Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his arrests during the lockout, and he’s praying he doesn’t get suspended.
“I guess they finally found me,” Britt said Monday with a laugh. “But yeah, I heard from coach (Mike) Munchak, and we’ll meet tomorrow and see what happens.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib will also meet with Goodell on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas in March. He already was suspended one game last season for an altercation he had with a taxi driver.
One league source told Schefter the players could be in line for “lengthy” suspensions, however Talib’s attorneys are convinced they have a sound defense that will appease the NFL and could help save their client.
Britt said he intends to stand up to the mistakes he made.
“We’ll have a sit-down, talk over what happened, see where our minds are at, see where I am at and see what happens from there,” Britt told ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky. ” … I’m being hopeful that nothing happens to me. I plan on being real. I was brought up to be a man of his word, a man who takes up for his actions and things like that. That’s how my father raised me up and that’s how I will go in there tomorrow.”
Britt made lots of headlines during the NFL lockout with two arrests in New Jersey, and he also surrendered himself on two arrest warrants in Tennessee for giving inaccurate information on driver’s license applications. The 2009 first-round draft pick out of Rutgers has had seven incidents with police since being drafted.
Britt was arrested April 12 in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J., and charged with eluding an officer and hindering apprehension when police accused him of driving his Porsche 71 mph in a 50-mph zone before leaving the officer. Britt later was found walking on a side street away from his car. Charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and a fine.
A day later, two plainclothes officers at a Hoboken car wash smelled marijuana and accused Britt of holding a rolled cigar they thought was the source. Britt was wrestled to the floor and handcuffed, and police believed a man with Britt may have disposed of the cigar. Britt’s charges included resisting arrest.
Meanwhile the Titans’ union representative, Jake Scott, told Kuharsky the NFL Players Association would challenge any fine and/or suspension passed down from Goodell’s office for actions during the lockout.
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“I’m still a big believer that the league should have any authority to discipline guys for things that … happened while there was no CBA,” he said. “There was a separation agreement issued from the teams to the players, which means what it means. It means, ‘We don’t want anything to do with you.’
“To me, nothing means nothing.”
Scott did say he wouldn’t have any issue with Goodell putting Britt on notice.
“Roger’s probably right … even if he doesn’t punish him for what happened in the offseason to say, ‘Hey, I’m watching you going forward,’ which he’d be right if that’s what he does,” Scott said. “He would be well within his right to say that, and it would probably be a good thing for him to do.”
Munchak said he doesn’t think Britt faces a suspension at this point and believes Goodell just wants to get to know the receiver.
“They’ve never met,” Munchak said. “They don’t know each other, and I think it’s more of just kind of like I did. I know Kenny when he came back in just kind of wanted to hear what’s going on, let him know what’s expected of him and that there’ll be consequences if things go further.
“Hopefully, they’ll just have a good talk.”
Britt has been working through a sore right hamstring this training camp and has yet to play in the preseason. The 6-foot-3 Britt is expected to be the No. 1 receiver when he does get back on the field after having the best game in the NFL last season with a career-best 225 yards receiving against Philadelphia on Oct. 24.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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