TONAWANDA, N.Y.- Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham says he will try not to be a distraction to his team after he was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Saturday.
Bradham spoke to the media following Tuesday's walk-thru. He says he made a mistake, but declined to go into specifics surrounding the case, saying it was a legal issue.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said that they take these types of offenses very seriously, and will await word from the National Football League on disciplinary action.
"This is an instance that he's 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 accountable for." Said Whaley Tuesday morning. "The message is when you're in this league, it's a privilege. It's not a right. You have to respect the shield, you have to respect the Buffalo Bills, you have to respect your teammates, the coaches, the whole organization. When you step outside of this, you're representing not only the NFL, yourself, your family, but you have to do it with the utmost respect. "
Whaley says they are not sure when they'll hear back from the league, saying it could be anywhere from a week to a month.
A police report states Bradham was pulled over at 2:01 a.m. on Saturday for a window tint violation on Sheridan Drive. Officer Howard Scholl smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the car. When he asked Bradham if he had any drugs, he initially denied he did.
After the officer asked a second time where the drugs were, Bradham handed over a small zip lock baggy from the center glove compartment.
Police issued Bradham an appearance ticket for marijuana possession and a traffic ticket for the window tint violation.