Kiante Tripp's rep: Involvement in alleged robbery was overblown

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Browns defensive lineman Kiante Tripp was arrested earlier this week and charged with burglary and possession of a firearm after he and two other men allegedly trashed an apartment in Atlanta.

According to Tripp's representatives, though, that's not exactly what happened.

“While an incident did occur that Mr. Tripp was present at the scene of an alleged crime, Mr. Tripp's involvement was in a substantially diminished degree from that which was reported,” his representatives said in a statement to scout.com. "Though charged with burglary and possession of a weapon, Mr. Tripp never entered the residence of the alleged victim and the allegations of a weapon being involved are totally unsubstantiated speculation.

"According to the reporting officer narrative, there was no forced entry by any member of the party, Mr. Tripp was found outside, complied with all of the officers' requests, and despite the authorities searching all alleged assailants and surrounding area, there was no weapon of any kind recovered."

Supposedly, Tripp and the two men entered the apartment because they were looking for somebody who owed one of the men $5,000. Police were called when a neighbor said the three men had guns.

"Kiante is not a bad person, has never been in any trouble, and allowed himself to be in a place where he should not have been,” the statement read. “He realizes the severity of his mistake, and apologizes sincerely for any negative light cast upon the Browns organization and is confident that all charges will be dropped."

In his rookie season last year, Tripp spent much of the season on Cleveland's practice squad before he was elevated to the active roster in November. He played three games and made one tackle.

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