Marcell Dareus sent home by the Bills after getting charged in drag-race incident


Marcell Dareus. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

There are plenty of ways to unwind after practice that don’t endanger people’s lives. Unfortunately, it seems, Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes may not have gotten the memo. The duo reportedly decided to drag race around a few populated streets of Hamburg, N.Y., on a busy Friday afternoon while kids were coming home from school and pedestrians were out and about, Buffalo News reports.

Thankfully, the race ended (and thus, most likely, avoided seriously injuring or killing innocent bystanders) when Dareus lost control of his 2012 Jaguar and crashed his car. He was unhurt but must have thought it was a good time for a midday run because he decided to flee the scene on foot, Hamburg police said. He was arrested 15 minutes later and charged with seven counts, including misdemeanors of reckless endangerment, reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest, Buffalo Rumblings reports.

Meanwhile, Hughes proved himself a really great team player: Multiple sources told Buffalo News on Tuesday that he drove away in a “souped up Chevy Camaro” after Dareus crashed his Jaguar.

Later, however, Hughes, who had not yet been charged, did stick up for his teammate — and possibly proved he really loves puns —  when he told Buffalo News (emphasis mine):

“I can’t really elaborate on Marcell’s behalf, but I just know that when he gets back, he’s going to be ready to play football and he’s going to hit the field full speed and he’s going to wreak havoc. That’s all that I can really speak on. Knowing him for going on a second year and knowing him as a player, I know he’s going to come back full speed.”

But who knows when that will be. Dareus is also facing charges linked to drugs from last week. The Bills sent Dareus home after the incident, WGRZ-TV reports, where hopefully he can take things a little, um, slower.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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