Harbaugh on Kindle: “He’s not off to a good start”

Head coach John Harbaugh met with Sergio Kindle today, a day after the rookie linebacker was arrested and charged with driving drunk early Sunday morning.

Harbaugh said that he’s “disappointed” in Kindle, the Ravens’ top draft pick in this April’s draft, and said that Kindle is aware that he needs to stop putting himself in these type of situations.

“He’s got a track record for making really poor decisions, and he knows that,” Harbaugh said. “That’s a problem. And if he wants to achieve the things in football and life, like anybody, you’ve got to make good decisions and you’ve got to do the right things. You’ve got to earn that trust and that loyalty.

“He’s not off to a good start through college or the NFL right now, but he’s a good person. He’s got a good heart, I believe, and he’s fully capable of achieving all of his goals. We’ll just have to see how it plays out. Really, it’s on his shoulders. He’s the one who’s got to make these choices.”

Kindle’s blood alcohol level was reportedly twice the legal limit when pulled over by police 4:09 a.m. Sunday morning.

The 23-year old has had multiple driving incidents in the past; he was arrested for DUI in 2007, and then crashed his car into an apartment complex back in 2009. That crash was a result of texting while driving.

Some have speculated that this latest incident could jeopardize Kindle’s future with the team. Harbaugh said that the Ravens will monitor how Kindle’s case progresses from here.

“He’s very remorseful about it, but he made a big mistake and he’s better than that,” Harbaugh said. “He knows that. For now, there’s a process that goes in place, both a legal process and an NFL process. We’ll just let those two things take their course, and see where it goes.”

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