FACT: On December 11, 2012, a Tuesday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little was cited at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, where he allegedly blew through a red light en route to the local Interstate. He was cited for failure to obey a traffic controlling device as well as a failure to properly display an updated sticker on the back of his North Carolina license plates. Both charges were ultimately dismissed after not being pursued by the city of Cleveland.
FACT: On April 13, 2013, a Saturday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little was cited for a failure to stop following an accident on south-bound Route 176. In addition, Little’s ticket, again provided to him by the City of Cleveland, had line items for speeding (reportedly in excess of 100 miles per hour), illegally passing, and what is being classified as “drag racing.” Little was found guilty of the first of the four charges. He was fined $350 and was given six points on his driver’s license. The other three charges were not pursued.
FACT: The town of Lindale, Ohio processes roughly 4,000 speeding tickets per calendar year, the majority of which are handed out under the bridge which separates them from Brooklyn, Ohio on Interstate 71. As of this publication, Mr. Little was not cited by an officer from Lindale, Ohio, meaning that (gasp) roughly 4,000 other individuals were.FACT: On May 10, 2013, a Friday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was handed a citation on the burgeoning W. 25th street. He was clocked by a patrolling officer for traveling at 45 miles-per-hour in a 25 mile-per-hour zone, doing so without assuring proper clearance with regard to other vehicles around him.
FACT: On Sunday, July 31, 2011, the author of this piece was cited for traveling 45 miles-per-hour in what was a 25 mile-per-hour portion of Lakewood, Ohio. He was running a bit late for what was a charity sand volleyball tournament. The result was a payment of roughly $125. His team finished third in the tournament.
FACT: On May 28, 2013, a Tuesday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little was cited for parking illegally on Cleveland’s Prospect Avenue near the relatively new apartments that house many of the city’s in-season athletes. In addition to his parking faux pas, Mr. Little was cited for having dealer plates on his automobile, ultimately urged by the city to get this issue rectified:
FACT: Roughly two or three times per weekday, the author of this piece witnesses local traffic authorities writing parking violations for cars that litter Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue and its adjacent streets. These spots are either monitored by meters or are limited by time spent.
FACT: On August 13, 2013, a Tuesday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was stopped for traveling 98 miles-per-hour southbound on Interstate 71 near the W. 150th exit, just north of the I-480 split. This case is still open.
FACT: As of May, 2013, it was reported that the average number of speeding tickets issued per day, nationally, is 112,000. Roughly 21 percent of all drivers will receive a speeding ticket in a given year. The top state in terms of driving citations: Ohio.
FACT: On August 19, 2013, a Monday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little was cited for traveling 81 miles-per-hour in a Cuyahoga County portion of Interstate 71, just north of the Ohio Turnpike. This point on Interstate 71 is roughly five miles north of where the freeway becomes a 65 mile-per hour zone. This case is still open and the player is due in court on September 4, 2013.
FACT: The author of this piece frequently travels well north of the posted 60 miles-per-hour speed limit on the Cuyahoga County portion of Interstate 71, commuting along this stretch multiple times per day. More often than not, the author of this piece, despite the excessive risk-taking in his travels, is passed by other highway inhabitants who are traveling that much faster, often in excess of 80 miles per hour.
FACT: On August 22, 2013, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little addressed the media in Berea, stating that he has spoken to his head coach Rob Chudzinski. Little said that in his most recent event, he was going with the flow of traffic, “perhaps a bit faster.” He says that he is aware of his transgressions and that “regardless of how many good things he has done, it only takes one bad one.”
FACT: The author of this piece just wasted the last hour of his day digging up mere traffic violations of two individuals who are being chastised by some for doing the same thing that countless others do every day.
While WFNY does not condone the breaking of clearly stated laws, it also does not condone pontificating and bloviating with regard to two wide receivers in the middle of the preseason, serving as in attempt to conflate behind-the-wheel tendencies with other erratic on- or 0ff-field behavior. There is a level of inherant risk-taking involved in being willing to run full speed on a crossing route into the arms, and helmet, of a ready-and-waiting linebacker. Little’s accident was obviously not safe; Gordon’s speeding is frowned upon. But let’s not act surprised when these same individuals, who live in every state, are willing to travel in excess of the speed limit—the same behavior that can effectively be linked to non-NFL players across the country.