Tonawanda police charged Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop last weekend, according to police reports.
Bradham’s vehicle was pulled over at about 2 a.m. Saturday for excessively tinted windows, Capt. James Stauffiger reported.
During the traffic stop, Officer Howard Scholl smelled the odor of marijuana from within the vehicle. When questioned, Bradham initially denied having drugs inside the vehicle, but subsequently retrieved a bag of marijuana from the center compartment and handed it over, police said.
Bradham, 23, of Buffalo, was ticketed for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and excessively tinted windows. He was released pending a future court appearance.
Hours earlier, Bradham had started for the Bills in their preseason victory Friday night over the Minnesota Vikings.
The NFL will get involved in Bradham’s situation because marijuana is a banned substance.
Players do not get suspended for a first offense, but the first violation of the NFL’s drug policy places the player in a confidential phase of the intervention program.
Had Bradham failed a random drug test, for instance, he already would be in the program. But that information wouldn’t become public until the NFL announced a suspension for the second offense.