Details are surfacing today about Friday’s road-rage incident involving Browns cornerback and last year’s first-round pick Justin Gilbert and another man which started on I-71.
Cleveland.com reports that Browns spokesman Dan Murphy stated that Gilbert’s status for tomorrow’s season opener against the Jets is unchanged, and he will travel today to New York with the team and be in uniform when the teams take the field at 1pm.
As for the two men involved, a 55-year-old Parma man, and Gilbert, both were uninjured in the incident. Gilbert was ticketed for driving with a lack of reasonable control, and the Parma man was cited for aggravated disorderly conduct.
Here’s more details on the Friday incident from Cleveland.com:
Gilbert crashed into a drainage ditch on West 130th Street in Brunswick as he tried to evade a 55-year-old Parma man chasing him after a confrontation on Interstate 71 Friday afternoon, Sgt. Robert Safran said Friday night.
Police will not release the full report detailing the incident until Monday, after a supervisor’s approval, Sgt. Daren Lubinsky said Saturday morning.
The incident started on Interstate 71 South just after 4 p.m., when the Parma man driving a Ford Mustang said Gilbert cut him off, Safran said. The man and Gilbert exchanged words and gestures, and the man trailed Gilbert onto Ohio 303 and eventually to West 130th Street.
Gilbert crashed his Dodge Charger into a drainage ditch.
Another report, this from ESPN Cleveland, states that the incident started when Gilbert threw a cup of chewing tobacco at the man’s windshield:
One car cut the other off and “they exchanged middle finger gestures,” Safran said. At a stop, Gilbert tossed a paper cup with tobacco juice out the window and it landed on the other man’s windshield.
The man in the Mustang then chased Gilbert in the Challenger on I-71. They exited on Rt. 303 and raced to W. 130th St., where Gilbert lost control northbound in a drainage ditch.
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