Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any uglier for Greg Little following a disastrous receiving performance for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, once again it appears that he'll be dealing with more headaches off the field as well.
WOIO, 19 Action News in Cleveland, reported this morning that Little was pulled over and cited for several traffic violations.
Just after 1 a.m. Monday, police records show Little was pulled over at Elm Avenue and Riverbed Street in Cleveland and was cited for stop sign, change of course and driving under suspension.
Little's car was then towed.
These sort of traffic problems are par for the course with Little.
Back in mid-to-late August, 19 Action News looked into the struggling Browns receiver's driving record following multiple speeding tickets:
- Little has been ticketed with license plate violations, for which he just paid $472 in fines and court costs last week.
- On Aug. 19, he was cited for speeding while going 81 MPH in a 60 MPH zone near Strongsville. That ticket is still pending.
- In April, he admitted to going 127 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, which led to his losing losing control, hitting a guardrail and knocking down a light pole, all with a passenger on board. He was fined $350 for the incident.
- He's also previously had a warrant out for his arrest for not showing up to court regarding "fictitious plates."
It's not as if no one could have seen this coming. Off-the-field issues for Little go as far back to his college days at the University of North Carolina, where he racked up 93 parking tickets on five different vehicles using nine different license plates, according to a News Observer report in 2011.
Little was suspended for the entire 2010 college football season after the NCAA found he accepted travel accommodations and jewelry, then lied about it to the investigators. The benefits more than likely included covering those tickets, which when combined with those of eight other UNC players, had a total worth of $13,000 in fines.
The Browns issued a statement in response to the August report:
We're aware of the situation involving the players and their unacceptable driving records. We take matters such as this very seriously. We've spoken to both individuals, and will address the issue with the entire team.
According to public record, it appears not much has changed.
Following two terrible performances on the field in back-to-back weeks and with Josh Gordon due to return for the game against the Minnesota Vikings, it would be hard to argue that Little's just the best the Browns have right now.
Should the Browns consider having Little ride the pine for a week or longer? Can they count on a receiving corps led by Gordon and Jordan Cameron, with only Davone Bess, Travis Benjamin and Tori Gurley behind them?
[UPDATE] - 12:10pm
Head coach Rob Chudzinski was asked about Little's situation during the post-game press conference on Monday. Chudzinski said that he would keep any discipline of Little as a result of the latest incident "in-house."
Regarding the on-the-field issues, Chudzinski added that Little will keep "working at it, until he finally breaks out."
[UPDATE] - Wednesday 9/18/13
Little has been benched due to his poor performance on the field. Chudzinski announced at the end of his press conference this morning that Josh Gordon and Davone Bess will be the Browns starting WRs for the game this week against the Vikings.
#Browns spokesman says WR Greg Little not starting is based on his on-field performance. He hasn't been productive.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) September 18, 2013