NY Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta apologized Tuesday for his actions and decision-making in last week’s traffic incident.
Art Stapleton, Staff Writer, @art_stapleton
A court date for a New York Giants rookie quarterback who allegedly almost hit a cop with his car has once again been postponed.
A court appearance for Kyle Lauletta, the Giants’ backup quarterback, was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was adjourned and rescheduled. The early disposition conference is now scheduled for Dec. 11 with Judge Paul DePascale in Hudson County Superior Court, in Jersey City.
On Oct. 30, Lauletta, 23, was arrested in Weehawken while driving to practice, almost hitting a police officer with his car while trying to get away, police said. Lauletta was charged with reckless driving, disregarding an officer’s directions, improper turn in marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane.
He was also charged with multiple disorderly persons offenses, including eluding police, obstructing administration of law and resisting arrest.
In a locker room interview the week after his arrest, Lauletta apologized profusely to the police, his Giants’ teammates, his fans and family.
“I can’t say I’m sorry enough about what happened,” said Lauletta, at the time.
The day of his arrest, Lauletta was seen driving his 2017 Jaguar erratically in heavy traffic near the Pleasant Avenue entrance to Route 495. Despite a police officer telling him to stay in his lane, Lauletta made an illegal turn toward the tunnel and almost hit the officer. Even when another officer finally stopped Lauletta, he refused to provide his license and registration or to exit his car, according to police.
Lauletta later explained that he was in a rush to get to practice in East Rutherford and that the arrest could have likely been avoided had he left earlier.
For the Giants’ part, disciplinary action for Lauletta started and ended with severe admonishment and unknown “internal consequences,” with Coach Pat Shurmur expressing disappointment in the Pennsylvania quarterback.
“I’m disappointed because I think especially with a quarterback, you’re looking at decision-making in all facets of a player’s life,” Shurmur had said. “He’s back to work, that will take care of itself.”
Lauletta’s arrest came at a particularly tumultuous period for the Giants, with several consecutive losses and fan discussion on whether starting quarterback Eli Manning would be replaced.
While investigating, police discovered that Lauletta’s Jaguar had been involved in a similar incident at the same location near the Lincoln Tunnel Entrance on Oct. 29. The car did not stop at the scene of that incident and a summons was issued by mail to Lauletta.