Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane spoke for the first time Thursday since defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was arrested on a gun charge in his home state of Ohio two and a half weeks ago.
Washington, the second-year DT out of Ohio State who the Bills selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, was accused of improperly carrying a concealed firearm outside of a Sharonville, Ohio waterpark.
"Well it was high," McDermott said of his level of disappointment. "Also thankful that no one was hurt. In terms of Adolphus, right from the start, he's been great in terms of the communication from the time that that incident unfolded with us."
Washignton was also arrested in Columbus, Ohio in early December 2015 for soliciting prostitution when he agreed to pay an undercover police officer $100 for oral sex. He pled guilt in January 2016 and the charge was later dismissed upon the completion of an educational program. Washington was suspended for the Buckeyes' bowl game against Notre Dame.
According to a Cincinnati Enquirer report from Washington's most recent arrest, he "reached for and displayed a gun while sitting inside his vehicle; just feet away from officer. The suspect did not inform officers beforehand." The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, and he was released later that night.
"We just wanted to hear his version," Beane said. "He had called us ... he handled the situation after it happened the way he should, as far as calling us immediately and letting us know. But we have not spoken to him since then and we sat down, the three of us. I'm gonna keep it private what we said, but he understands that we're disappointed the situation happened. At the same time we're thankful no one was injured. It could've been worse. He understands and we're gonna move forward."
Washington played in 15 games as a rookie last season, starting 11 and recording 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
The Bills open training camp at St. John Fisher College Thursday evening.