Kenny Britt Sought for Questioning Following Incident at Birthday Party

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIJanuary 13, 2013

Kenny Britt is being sought for questioning today by New Jersey police regarding an altercation at a birthday party that left Britt's brother stabbed, according to a report from Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. More trouble is hardly what Britt or the Tennessee Titans need right now after a poor season.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 4:07 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to Britt's lawyer, the New Jersey police aren't looking at the Titans' wide receiver as a suspect (via Jim Wyatt at The Tennessean):

New Jersey police do not consider Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt a suspect in a pair of violent incidents over the weekend, his attorney said on Wednesday.

Britt and attorney Robert Lane met with police late Tuesday night. Lane said police now know Britt was not involved in an altercation that resulted in a friend being stabbed, nor was he involved in a shot being fired at an apartment a few hours later near the scene of the altercation.

“They told me there was no chance, zero chance,” of Britt being arrested, Lane said. “That’s what they told me. It is an investigation and Kenny is not a suspect in it.”

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Terry McCormick of TitanInsider reports Britt met with police on Tuesday after conflicting reports about his cooperation with authorities. No other information about the meeting was made available.

Captain Edgar Martinez confirmed to TitanInsider that Britt met with his department on Tuesday afternoon, but would not comment any further, citing the case as an "on-going investigation."

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan 15. at 12:50 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

We have another update from Britt's father, who continues to contend that his son is cooperating with authorities and has nothing to hide. From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

The father of Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt said his son is scheduled to meet with New Jersey police on Wednesday, and plans to clear his name of any involvement in a pair of violent incidents over the weekend.

Jack Britt said his son has done nothing wrong, and “all the talk from police about Kenny being uncooperative is nonsense.”

“Kenny is not running from anyone. He has nothing to hide,” Jack Britt said Tuesday. “He is fully cooperating and the police are saying a lot of things that just aren’t true. They don’t have all the facts. Kenny is going to clear this thing up.”

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan 15. at 11:37 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Kenny Britt is cooperating with police, according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.

Kenny Britt's father just told me his son is scheduled to meet with NJ police on Wednesday. Said he is cooperating, and did nothing wrong

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 15, 2013

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14 at 8:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

While Kenny Britt's representation claims that he cooperating with authorities, the police themselves have a much different perspective of the situation. 

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reported the following statement from New Jersey Police captain Edgar Martinez:

N.J. police captain on Kenny Britt: "At this point he is still not cooperating with police. So whatever statement he puts out is false."

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 14, 2013

Capt Edgar Martinez on Britt: "We are asking anyone who has info of his whereabouts to contact us & that includes the owner of the #Titans."

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 14, 2013

More from Capt. Martinez: "Anybody who has information on where Kenny Britt can be located, please contact police ... at 201-547-5460.”

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 14, 2013

While not all the facts are known, the situation is not heading in a favorable direction for Britt. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14 at 9:11 a.m. ET

NBC's Michael David Smith reports that Kenny Britt's spokesman says the Titans star is willing to cooperate with police and has released a statement.

Britt’s spokesman said the person who was stabbed was a close friend of Britt’s, not his brother, and that Britt is willing to cooperate in the investigation.

'Kenny was leaving a dinner cooked by his friends’ parents when he found his friend, who had left earlier, injured outside,' the statement provided to the Jersey Journal said. 'Kenny immediately brought his friend to the hospital and was there with the injured friend’s family for several hours, but was not otherwise involved in the incident. It was not a house party, Kenny’s brother was not injured (and wasn’t even there) and Kenny has made himself available to cooperate with the authorities investigation of this matter.'


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Trouble is exactly what Britt will get, though, after this latest news.

According to the report, police were contacted regarding a stabbing at a birthday party in Jersey City at 3:28 a.m. ET Sunday morning. They arrived at the party to find out that Britt had escorted the victim to the Jersey City Medical Center. 

The police arrived at the medical center to question Britt, who was "uncooperative and left the hospital."

Soon after Britt's first interaction with the police, shots were fired at a home near the site of the stabbing. The shot was fired shortly after Britt returned to the party to pick up a personal friend. 

Jersey City Police Capt. Edgar Martinez spoke to The Tennessean, telling the newspaper that Britt was involved in both altercations and that the police were seeking him for questioning:

That’s why we want to talk to him. He was involved in the incident, both incidents. He was there during that time period. So we are looking to speak to him. This is an ongoing investigation, and when the detectives speak to him then we’ll know more. Right now, we have a lot of unanswered questions so we are looking for him to come in and answer some questions for us.

Britt's role in these events remains to be seen, but this will be a situation to monitor in the coming days.

As more facts are released, this story will certainly become more clear.