Redskins rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Thursday addressed the citation he received for simple marijuana possession earlier this week.
“I do want to say that I talked to [Redskins coach] Jay Gruden and I talked to [team president/general manager] Mr. Bruce,” Breeland said. “The conversation that we had, we would like to keep it private. I’ll deal with the consequences just like everybody else who have gotten a citation.”
Breeland did not take questions afterward. He practiced for the second time this week after his citation received on Monday. Breeland also addressed teammates, who had stern words for the 2014 fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson.
“We had a chance to talk to him,” veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “Definitely an unfortunate situation. Something that he’s gonna learn from. No matter how many times you tell a guy the right way to do things, at some point they feel they know it all anyway. So they’re gonna try it their way until it doesn’t work.”
Breeland has had a solid training camp, according to Gruden. Coaches like his versatility – he can play corner and safety – and he’s on pace for a roster spot and a reserve role this season with time on special teams. But Gruden said discipline will be handled in-house.
There’s also the possibility that after Breeland’s Aug. 26 hearing to contest the citation, the NFL could place him in its substance abuse program. The worst penalty would be four games for a first-time offender, though that appears unlikely in this case.
“I addressed it with him and we’ll keep the conversation between us,” Gruden said. “But he’s well aware of what he has to do to get it fixed and we’ve got to just move forward. Hopefully he learns from a terrible mistake.”
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