Pittsford, NY (WGR 550) -- In recent memory with the Buffalo Bills, it's a rare occurrence for one of their employed players to get in trouble with the law. That trend was bucked, according to the Tonawanda News, when linebacker Nigel Bradham was charged with possession of marijuana after being stopped by police officers for a window tint violation.
Bradham spoke with the media for the first time since the indiscretion, and wouldn't surrender much information on the night he was pulled over.
"Pretty much just trying to stay focused on what we have going on here at training camp… practice and being focused on meetings and everything. Obviously I had a matter that happened to me," he said. "I have to abide by the rules and I know that it's legal issues. Pretty much just have to take them as they come and see what the league does, and try not to be a distraction to the team."
The linebacker would not comment any further on the specifics of the traffic stop, or if he was the only person in the car. Instead he said it was a mistake on his behalf and a legal issue.
Bradham did admit he was disappointed in himself.
"Most definitely," he said. "It is a bad decision, and that's about it."
Now the matter goes to the National Football League offices and falls under the umbrella of the personal conduct policy. Speaking on the matter, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said the case is under review in New York City as of Tuesday afternoon, and that it's now a wait-and-see approach.
"We take these situations seriously. We don't condone these actions," the GM remarked. "It's something that's unfortunate and we'll deal with it as it comes."
Whaley was unspecific on any timetable for a ruling by the league, saying that it could be anywhere from a week to a month before the ruling comes back. He did however have a message for Bradham and the rest of the Bills.
"When you're in this league it's a privilege," Whaley opined. "It's not a right, and you have to respect the shield, you've got to respect the Buffalo Bills, you've got to respect your teammates, the coaches, the whole organization. When you step outside of this, you're representing NFL, yourself, your family, but you've got to do it with the utmost respect."
Whaley commented more specifically on Bradham's case with the employed coaching staff in mind.
"It's something that [Head Coach Doug Marrone] has been preaching: accountability," he said. "And this is an instance that [Nigel is] going to have to step up and be accountable for his actions. Hopefully it shows to the whole team that anything you do, you're going to be held accountable for."
The GM has not yet spoken with Bradham to get all the specifics of the incident, but said that the linebacker has already met with Marrone and Director of Player Engagement Paul Lancaster.
Whaley concluded that he'll wait after the league makes their ruling to sit down and speak with the linebacker personally. On his way to meet with the media, Whaley and Bradham exchanged a simple nod of the head as they were going opposite ways on an outdoor staircase.
Bradham is slated to be the starting inside linebacker next to rookie Kiko Alonso. He's in his second year out of Florida State University.