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Monday, November 20, 2017

Hue Jackson critical after DeShone Kizer stayed out late Friday

DeShone Kizer

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson got a rather unpleasant surprise in his postgame news conference after a local news station got video of quarterback DeShone Kizer out drinking until 1 a.m. early Saturday.

Jackson was only made aware of video of Kizer at a bar in the early hours of Saturday morning from a question in the press conference — and he did not seem happy to learn about it.

Kizer tried to defend himself when asked about the video after the game.

Perception means a lot for quarterbacks, who are viewed as team leaders expected to set an example. Kizer being out late at a bar a 36 hours before his winless team plays a game is a pretty bad look, even if he wasn’t actually doing anything wrong. It doesn’t appear to have factored into his benching — Jackson didn’t even seem aware of it until after the game was over — but it certainly may have some negative implications for him going forward.

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