A day after Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. were cited for street racing, dashboard camera footage of Higgins’ traffic stop has been released that includes police instructing him to dispose of a marijuana joint.
In dashcam video released by TMZ Sports on Wednesday, Westlake Police Department officers are seen questioning Higgins about the condition of his vehicle, saying it smells of marijuana. The wide receiver told them he had smoked in the car the day before.
When officers searched Higgins’ person, one of them discovered a marijuana cigarette in his pocket. Higgins told police he was unaware that he had it on him.
Instead of adding marijuana possession to Higgins charges, the officer tossed the joint on the pavement and instructed the wide receiver to step on it and kick it into a nearby sewer saying it was “bad for press.”
“You guys are celebrities around here, so you don’t want that hitting the news,” the officer said.
Higgins and Wills were cited for drag racing, a first-degree misdemeanor, but the wide receiver was not charged for marijuana possession. They are expected to be due in court for the incident later this month.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about the incident when speaking with the media Wednesday, and insisted that the matter was being addressed internally.
“We have addressed it,’’ he said. “I have addressed it with the team. I’ll leave it at that.”
This latest distraction for the Browns comes just four days before their first playoff game in 18 years, a Wildcard round matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday night.
Cleveland will also be without Stefanski and starting left guard Joel Bitonio on Sunday, as both tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
SN’s Mike Asti on Sports Central: Changes Happening for Steelers, Future in Doubt
When your seasons ends the way the Pittsburgh Steelers season ended, there are going to be changes, in fact some may even argue it be would be insane to not make changes.
Steelers Now’s Mike Asti appeared on the Sports Central Show with Cory Giger to discuss recent news concerning the coaching staff and how different the Steelers will look during the 2021 season.
Cory even responds to Mike’s latest show of his own about the Mike Tomlin-Ben Roethlisberger era and what the not too distant future may be like for one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.
“Sports Central” airs daily on WRTA 98.5 and 1240 AM.
Report: Lions Expected to Hire Rams Exec Brad Holmes, Ending Kevin Colbert Speculation
he Detroit Lions are expected to hire Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their next general manager, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, effectively ending speculation that the organization was pursuing Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert for the role.
Lions expected to hire Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, per source. They are finalizing a multi-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2021
Colbert had been linked to the Lions for weeks, with multiple reports claiming the organization was infatuated with the Steelers general manager and actively courting him for their vacancy.
Those rumblings culminated Wednesday when Mike Stone of 97.1-FM The Ticket in Detroit reported Colbert and the Lions were close to a deal.
Ensuing reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac contradicted Stone’s claim, saying the Lions had never reached out to the Steelers with an official interview request.
Just a day later, it appears Detroit has found their man in Holmes, and Colbert will remain in Pittsburgh. His current one-year contract runs through April’s draft.
According to ESPN, the Lions and Holmes, 41, have agreed to a five-year deal to make him the franchise’s new general manager.
Holmes’ hiring also means the Rams will be the first organization to be beneficiaries of the NFL’s new hiring initiatives for developing minority general manager and coaching candidates.
Los Angeles will receive a pair of compensatory third-round draft picks for developing Holmes, who began with the Rams as a public relations intern in 2003 and spent his entire career with the franchise.
Lions get the general manager they wanted…and the Rams now will become the first team to receive two third-round compensatory draft picks as part of the NFL's new hiring initiatives. https://t.co/BTk1zsjRne— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2021
Panthers Narrow GM Search, Steelers’ Omar Khan Left Out
The Carolina Panthers have narrowed their general manager search down to four candidates, and Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan was not one of them.
Khan had been one of 15 individuals interviewed virtually for the position, but was not one of the final four the Panthers announced Wednesday as having been selected for a second round of in-person interviews.
Khan was considered a favorite for the vacancy given his familiarity with Panthers owner David Tepper, who was previously a Steelers minority owner.
Carolina was Khan’s second interview this hiring cycle, having also spoken with the Houston Texans for their opening last week. They ultimately hired former New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio as their new general manager.
Khan has been a coveted candidate of late, also interviewing with the Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks in recent years.
Khan has been with the Steelers organization since 2001, and has served in his current role as vice president of football and business administration since 2016.
Known for his salary cap wizardry, Khan also previously served as the organization’s director of football administration (2011-16) and football administration coordinator (2001-2011).
Carolina’s search has now been narrowed down to Tennessee Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort, San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles and Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer. All conducted in-person interviews Tuesday or Wednesday.
A hiring decision from Carolina is expected later this week.