Just two days after tight end Kellen Winslow voiced his displeasure with the way the team handled his recent bout with staph infection, the Browns have handed him a one game suspension. He will not take part in team activities until Monday, October 27th.
For the record, I am not in agreement with the way this is being handled. With a team that allegedly has a “commitment to winning,” they sure are not proving themselves on or off of the field. Suspending your best player for sticking up for what he believes – and what we all know – is a serious issue? One-game suspensions were given to Brandon Marshall for a DUI, and Plaxico Burress for missing a team activity (after countless fines).
The official release is after the jump.
STATEMENT FROM BROWNS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER
PHIL SAVAGE REGARDING SUSPENSION OF TE KELLEN WINSLOW
The Cleveland Browns are committed to winning and taking care of our players. We are also committed to protecting the privacy of our players, particularly with regard to medical issues. To that end, following discussions with Kellen Winslow and his representation, the Browns agreed to make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of his recent medical condition.
As an organization, we have worked hard to ensure the safety and well-being of our players. Consistent with this effort, we have consulted the team’s medical experts to ensure that any instances of staph infections are evaluated and treated thoroughly and expeditiously, and in accordance with the recommended standard of care. Further, steps have been and continue to be taken on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis to protect our players and personnel at our training facility and stadium.
During training camp, the entire team took part in an extensive presentation by experts in the field of infectious diseases. It was an educational meeting that informed players of the issues, how to prevent and minimize the risks of infection, and what preventative measures we as an organization had employed to assure maximum safety for the team combined with a Q&A session for the players. Kellen was in attendance at that meeting. Since that meeting, not one player has approached me, Romeo Crennel, or our medical staff with concerns as to how we have dealt with this issue.
Kellen has expressed his desire to be a productive member of the Cleveland Browns. His comments and behavior on Sunday evening, however, were unwarranted, inappropriate, and unnecessarily disparaging to our organization. His statements brought unjustified negative attention to our organization, and violated the team-first concept of our football squad. Therefore, disciplinary action will be taken in the form of a one-game suspension without pay for conduct detrimental to the club.
Beginning Wednesday, the focus of the coaches and players will be on preparing for the upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.