Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert crashed his Dodge Challenger in a drainage ditch Friday afternoon as the result of an apparent road-rage incident.
According to NewsNet5.com's Alyssa Pasicznyk and Dena Greer, Gilbert crashed following an altercation with the driver of a Ford Mustang in Brunswick, Ohio.
Per Greer and Pasicznyk, Brunswick police said the episode ensued as the result of "one driver cutting off the other." Gilbert also allegedly "threw tobacco juice" on the Mustang during an exchange that resulted in both men giving each other the middle finger. "Brunswick, Ohio police confirmed for Cleveland.com that no alcohol was involved in the Justin Gilbert road rage car crash," according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
"It is troubling," head coach Mike Pettine said on Sept. 14, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Brunswick police confirmed Gilbert did not have alcohol in his system at the time of the crash and was cited with a ticket for "lack of reasonable control." The other driver was slapped with a citation for "disorderly conduct."
Citing the police, NewsNet5.com reported that "neither Gilbert nor the driver of the Mustang will need to appear in court." Additionally, the "citations can be waived."
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal passed along word from the Browns, who confirmed Gilbert will travel with the team for its Week 1 clash with the New York Jets.