Off-the-Field Incidents Must be Avoided During Buffalo Bills Summer Vacation
The Buffalo Bills look great in June, but it's important for them to stay clean off the field this summer.
They don’t return until training camp, July 25, when they head to St. John Fisher College.
They’ve already had to deal with numerous incidents from some of their stars (Marshawn Lynch), and some not so bright players (Corey McIntyre) this offseason.
More than a month is a long time for a bunch of young millionaires to lay low as they go home or stay local at Chippewa Street, where Lynch was charged with a hit-and-run in last year’s offseason.
This year's offseason Lynch was arrested at home in California one week after the Pro Bowl on felony gun possession charges.
McIntyre was arrested May 16 in Port Lucie, FL, on acts that if proven would be embarrassing to the team.
After the best-attended organized team activities in Dick Jauron’s career, more off-the-field incidents could cause distractions early on for a team that must mold together quickly.
That means getting the most reps in training camp.
Nightclubs in visiting cities have been a receiver that the secondary has had trouble defending.
Donte Whitner was charged in Cleveland on Apr. 13 outside the House of Blues for aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest while celebrating the birthday of Ted Ginn Jr., wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins.
Both of them played football together at Glenville High School and Ohio State.
Hope he’s not so friendly when the Bills play the Dolphins Week Four and 12.
Ko Simpson was arrested outside a bar in Rock Hill, SC, his hometown, 20 minutes outside of Charlotte in the early hours of New Year's Day on a charge of hindering police as he refused to leave officers alone as they arrested someone else.
Hope he doesn’t return there to get in trouble until he’s on the field when the Bills play Carolina in Week Seven.
Some former Bills have been charged recently as well.
NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith was arrested on DUI charges in Virginia Beach last month and refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene. He adds that to two other DUI’s he had dropped during his career.
Does O.J. even have to be brought up?
The optimistic Bills fan says there is no dark cloud hanging over Buffalo.
The Bills have gotten rid of some of the more troublesome players in recent past, while releasing Anthony Hargrove, who was suspended by the league for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
They also traded away Jason Peters, who caused problems in holding out, then underperforming the following year after signing a contract.
And they say T.O. is a distraction.
The sooner the season begins the better.
The Bills are already going to miss Lynch for the first three games barring an appeal ruling.
In the meantime, lets hope for no other player incidentals.
Next concern: Injuries
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