For the second time in the span of a week, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been in the news in legal matters in his home state of New Jersey.
Britt, who was arrested Jan. 15 for three outstanding traffic tickets in New Jersey totaling $865, posted $165,000 bail for a rapper friend, who is also a twice-convicted felon, according to the Hudson Reporter’s website.
Albert Robinson of Jersey City, N.J., was convicted of two different weapons charges in 2007, according to the report and was appearing in court on a charge of hindering the prosecution and possession of a firearm in connection with a Jersey City murder in December.
Robinson served 18 months of a three-year sentence in a state prison on convictions of possession of a handgun and aggravated assault for pointing a handgun.
“Everyone is entitled to post bail for someone,” Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio told the Hudson Reporter last week. “These were legitimate funds that were presented for the defendant. Regardless of what has happened in the past, [Robinson] is still innocent until proven guilty.”
Britt explained the situation in a statement released through the Titans in the matter.
“Albert (Albee) and I are childhood friends and I am no way condoning any of his past actions. There are a number of people that I grew up with who had problems,” Britt said. “Myself and others were fortunate enough to find our way. We want to try to help some of the others who have had problems and show them a way to success. I am hoping Albee can one of those guys.”
Still, DeFazio questioned why Britt would pay bail in the situation.
“In our society, people are judged by the company they keep,” DeFazio said. “It’s clear that there is a long-standing relationship between the defendant and Mr. Britt. But these charges against the defendant are very serious, one being a homicide-related incident. You can easily see what the guy is all about. A victim was shot to death in Jersey City.”