Bills' Dareus on charges: "It's not what you guys think"
by Joe Buscaglia,posted May 28 2014 4:35PM
It hasn't been the best six-month stretch for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle and former first-round pick Marcell Dareus.
To end his 2013 regular season, he was reprimanded twice by head coach Doug Marrone for habitual tardiness to team meetings. Then, just a few days after the team elected to use their fifth-year option on Dareus, the 24-year old was pulled over for speeding and then arrested an charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges, according to a statement released by the Alabama State Troopers, included a felony charge for the possession of a controlled substance. When asked about potential jail time for committing a felony, Dareus said it isn't as bad as some are making it out to be.
"No, not at all, cause it’s not what you guys think. It is what it is," he remarked. "The media put things out there the wrong way but at the same time I’ve got to continue to do what I have to do, focus and handle my business and do what I have to do. There’s not really much for me to just linger on. I have a job here and I have to do the best I can to represent the Buffalo Bills and the organization."
While Dareus wouldn't specifically point out what the media had put out the wrong way just to try and clear the air, he maintained that the whole truth didn't line up with what was out there. Regardless, Dareus could be looking at a potential suspension handed down by the National Football League. He's not letting himself get all worked up about that either.
"I’m not really thinking anything negative," he said. "I don’t really try to focus on the negative, always think positive and just move forward. I’m not going to dwell."
Despite the personal setback, head coach Doug Marrone believes that Dareus has the ability to correct his problems, and provided the key for the defensive tackle to do just that.
"I think getting on track and staying focused. I think every time he's here and he's in this building, that's what we see," the head coach said. "I've always told Marcell that. The more that he can be here, the better job he seems to do. He really does. Just gonna stay on it, keep communicating, keep working. This way he can attain the goals that we want him to attain."
Dareus said the team put a big emphasis on maturing as an individual, especially when it comes to the decision from the Bills about whether to extend a big money, long-term contract his way once his current deal is set to expire after the 2015 season. He also insisted the troubles are a thing of a past.
"It’s behind me, it’s behind me. I mean, I’m not a trouble guy, I don’t cause any problems nowhere. I’m not a loud guy, I don’t do anything, just have fun and be myself. If things happen, things happen," he said. "I feel like I’m on the straight and narrow. Things happen; young, dumb. You’ve got to correct it and just work through it."