PITTSFORD — Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley had a message for linebacker Nigel Bradham on Tuesday.
“We take these situations seriously. We don’t condone these actions,” Whaley said in response to Bradham being ticketed Saturday morning for marijuana possession. “It’s something that’s unfortunate, and we’ll deal with it as it comes.”
Bradham was stopped at 2:01 a.m. Saturday along Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda for a window-tint violation, according to the Tonawanda News. The officer who pulled Bradham over detected a strong scent of marijuana, the report stated, and Bradham eventually produced a bag with the banned substance.
He was issued tickets for marijuana possession and illegal tints on his windows.
Whaley said the case is being reviewed by the NFL as a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
“It’s handled at the league level,” he said. “It’s under review as we speak. We’ll wait for the ruling from the league, and then after that, everything else we will keep in house.”
Whaley did not have a timetable on when that review would be complete, saying it could take anywhere from a week to a month.
Bradham has met with coach Doug Marrone and Paul Lancaster, the team’s director of player engagement. Following the league’s review, Whaley will sit down with Bradham personally.
“Coach has been preaching accountability. And this is an instance he’s going to have to step up and be accountable for his actions,” Whaley said. “Hopefully it shows to the whole team, anything you do, you’re going to be held accountable.
“The message is, ‘Hey, when you’re in this league, it’s a privilege. It’s not a right.’ 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, so when you step outside of this, you’re representing not only the NFL, yourself, your family, but you’ve got to do it with the utmost respect.”
Bradham spoke in measured tones about the situation.
“It’s a legal issue. It was a mistake on my behalf,” he said in an afternoon meeting with reporters at St. John Fisher College. “I just don’t want to be a distraction. That’s the main thing.”
Bradham said he regretted his actions.
“Oh, yeah, most definitely. It’s a bad decision,” he said. “There will be some kind of conduct,” he continued, acknowledging the likelihood of some kind of disciplinary actions, “but we’ll keep that between us and the team as far as that.”
Bradham, a second-year linebacker out of Florida State, has started the first two preseason games.
“Pretty much just trying to stay focused on what we have going on here at training camp, practice and being focused in meetings and everything,” Bradham said. “Obviously, I had a matter that happened to me. I mean, I have to abide by the rules. I know that.”
The Buffalo Bills continued to trim their roster Tuesday with the release of guard Keith Williams.
A 6-foot-5, 330-pounder, Williams was designated as waived/injured by the team.
A former sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, Williams played in two games for the Bills late last season after spending 13 weeks on the practice squad.
His release means the Bills have 81 players on their active roster. They must get that number down to 75 by 4 p.m. Aug. 27.