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Doug Whaley: Bills don't condone Nigel Bradham's actions

By Jay Skurski

PITTSFORD -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley met with reporters this afternoon to address the situation surrounding linebacker Nigel Bradham.

The Tonawanda News reported Monday that Bradham was issued an appearance ticket in the Town of Tonawanda for marijuana possession after being pulled over at 2:01 a.m. Saturday along Sheridan Drive.

"We take these situations seriously. We don't condone these actions," Whaley said. "It's something that's unfortunate and we'll deal with it as it comes."

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.

Whaley said 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."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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