Facing the media for the first time since receiving a citation for marijuana possession on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus Monday evening, Washington Redskins rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland said that he must deal with whatever punishment he has coming to him.
The fourth-round draft pick didn’t take questions, but stopped briefly to address reporters and issued a statement regarding the incident, which took place on the eve of Washington’s final training camp practice in Richmond.
“I talked to Coach [Jay] Gruden and I talked to Mr. Bruce [Allen],” Breeland said. “The conversation that we had, we would like to keep it private. I’ll just take and deal with the consequences like everyone else who’s ever dealt with a citation.”
Breeland, according to VCU police records, at 10:40 p.m. on Monday received a summons for simple possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. No further information was available because of the incident is pending adjudication.
“I addressed it with him. … He’s well aware of what he has to do to get it fixed, but we’ll move forward and hopefully he’s learned from a terrible mistake,” Gruden said. “It’s disappointing. He’s a young kid and has had a great camp. It’s a little hiccup, bump in the road. You’ve got to learn from it. A lot of kids go through it his age. He’ll learn from it and we’ll all move forward from this, hopefully.”
Breeland practiced both Tuesday and Thursday — Washington’s players had Wednesday off. Gruden said he didn’t feel like Breeland needed to miss practice as a punishment, but said that didn’t mean the rookie would just skate by.
“We’ve talked about it and we’re going to talk about how we’ll discipline. It’s in-house. We’ve got it taken care of, and Bashaud understands the severity of what he did. He’s going to have to face the consequences with the citation that he got and we’re moving forward.”
League policy on substance abuse states that, players who convicted for violating the law for drug or alcohol use are subject to discipline from commissioner Roger Goodell.
Breeland already has addressed the issue with his teammates. He came to members of the secondary and Tuesday morning, players said, and discussed the error of his ways.
Veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he spoke with the rookie and hopes that Breeland has learned his lesson.
“It’s definitely an unfortunate situation, and something he can learn from,” Hall said. “No matter how many times you tell a guy the right way to do things, at some point, they feel like they know it all and they’re gonna do it their own way until it doesn’t work. Fortunately for him, he was able to have it not to work early in his career to where he can rebound from it and he can learn from it. It could’ve been a whole hell of a lot worse than it ended up being.”
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The Redskins practiced this morning, and have another set for 8:35 a.m. on Friday.
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