A friend of Browns tight end David Njoku was arrested for suspicion of rape at an apartment he shares with Njoku. The woman said she was in the bed of Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins Adidas Aleksander Barkov Jersey , who also lives in the apartment, and found out only after having sex that the man she was in bed with was Njoku’s friend, Kashwayne Nelson.
Nelson was released without being charged with sexual assault because the woman said she feared her family finding out about the incident if she pressed charges, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Nelson is charged with obstructing official business because he gave the police someone else’s drivers license when they asked for his name. Neither Njoku nor Higgins is accused of any crime.
“Rashard immediately notified us of the situation and he and David fully cooperated with the police while being interviewed,” the Browns said in a statement. “While our players were not the target of any allegations involving illegal activity, they understand the seriousness of the situation and we have expressed our concerns regarding the matter.”
The woman, who had been spending time with both Nelson and Higgins, said she fell asleep in Higgins’ bed. She said a man she thought was Higgins came into the room and they had sex, but when she heard his voice she realized it was Nelson. She said she tried to call the police but Nelson ripped her phone away and pulled her hair. Eventually she ran out of the apartment and called 911. Higgins was not in the apartment at the time. Njoku had spent the entire evening in his own room and was not with the others.
Higgins said he had just met Nelson when he moved into Njoku’s apartment, where Nelson has also been living. Nelson and Njoku are friends.
Although the woman said she does not want to press sexual assault charges, officers asked her to go to a hospital for a rape kit in case she changes her mind, and she complied with that request.
Baker Mayfield intends to conquer, not divide.
Although drafted by the win-starved Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick to be their quarterback of the future, Mayfield said Friday he plans to be a leader from the outset even if he doesn’t start as a rookie.
Tyrod Taylor is the team’s presumptive opening-week starter against Pittsburgh, and while Mayfield intends to compete for the job in training camp, he won’t allow personal ambition to get in the way of team goals.
He won’t step on any toes.
”It’s not about individuals Will Dissly Color Rush Jersey ,” Mayfield said as the Browns opened their three-day rookie minicamp. ”They brought him and I in because we’re both team-oriented guys. He’s the starter, and all I can do is help us out. So it’s not going to be something that separates the locker room. We’re not going to be fighting over who’s the man in the locker room.
”I’m a team-oriented guy and I just want to win.”
Mayfield’s leadership and drive were part of the self-assured Oklahoma quarterback’s appeal to the Browns, who believe – in time – he can turn around a team that has gone 1-31 the past two seasons.
The plan for now is for Taylor to start and Mayfield to learn while watching a quarterback who led the Buffalo Bills to their first playoff appearance in 18 years last season. The Browns traded for Taylor in March before they reached a consensus on taking Mayfield, who won a Heisman Trophy last season while losing some fans for objectionable on-field antics.
But Mayfield’s a pro now, he claims more mature from his mistakes, and he’s got a clean slate and a new set of priorities. At the top of his list: earning the trust of his teammates.
To do that, Mayfield intends to be himself, which means he’ll go at it full throttle.
”I’ve got to continue my strengths, and leadership is one of them,” he said. ”So when you talk about that, it’s earning the respect of the veterans in the locker room. The guys who have been doing it for a while, I have to earn their respect. You can’t talk about it and earn their respect. You have to go to work. You have to put the time in. You’ve got to learn the playbook, and then when you get your opportunity, you’ve got to show that you’re there for a reason.”
Mayfield said he met Taylor when the QB stopped in while he was in quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese’s office. Mayfield has been impressed with Taylor’s commitment and openness.
”Everything I’ve heard, even when I went on my visit at the Bills, they said the same things about him Authentic Anthony Miller Jersey , he’s just an unbelievable guy,” Mayfield said. ”You see that and then you see him up here, how often he’s actually here, it’s very transparent who he is.”
Mayfield knows he has a lot to learn. He’s been digging into Cleveland’s playbook, so the X’s and O’s make sense when he’s on the practice field. He intends to be physically and mentally fit by the time training camp opens in July.
In the meantime, he’s learning about Cleveland while Cleveland learns about him.
On Thursday night, Mayfield and the team’s other rookies had dinner with some Browns alumni, including Hall of Famer Jim Brown, quarterback Bernie Kosar and others. They were told about what it’s like to play for a fan base longing to see the Browns win again.
”The one thing I keep hearing about is the loyalty of the fans,” Mayfield said. ”I think about how they deserve a team that’s winning, a team they can rally behind and that’s what they’ll do no matter what. This franchise is built on winning, they’ve been winning in the past and some of those guys set the tone. So right now we’re trying to get back to that.”
NOTES: The Browns said their trade on Wednesday with Kansas City, swapping tight end Randall Telfer for Chiefs defensive end Dadi Nicolas, has been voided. The team did not provide any further details. Cleveland waived Telfer, a 2015 sixth-round draft pick.