Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Shawn Campbell of the Buffalo News has the latest on Dareus:
Marcell Dareus' non-jury trial set for 10 a.m. Sept. 9 is between Week 1 and 2 of the NFL regular season.— Shawn Campbell (@ByShawnCampbell) July 1, 2014
Ed Drantch of News 4 in Buffalo has more:
I've just learned a plea deal was offered to Dareus, but was not accepted today. It does not mean he won't accept it. Trial set for 9/9.— Ed Drantch (@EdDrantch4) July 1, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 16
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus' court appearance over an alleged car race that ended in an accident has been postponed to July 1, the Hamburg Town Court clerk's office says.
Dareus was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to face a reckless endangerment charge stemming from him crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree in suburban Buffalo on May 30. Dareus was also ticketed for several traffic violations, including drag racing.
Updates from Tuesday, June 10
Mike Rodak of ESPN provides an update on Marcell Dareus, who has applied to enter an intervention program:
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has applied to enter a pre-trial intervention program in Alabama following his arrest last month on felony drug charges.
Dareus' attorney, George R. Giddens, said it could take at least six months before his client receives a response from the state.
The pre-trial intervention program, which Giddens said is common in cases of marijuana and cocaine possession, includes drug counseling and could eventually result in Dareus' case being dismissed.
Updates from Friday, June 6
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the latest on Dareus, courtesy of coach Doug Marrone:
“That’s a good question,” Marrone said. “That’s a good question, whether he gets it or not. You say all the right things but then your actions are going to speak louder than your words. We all understand that obviously, and we’re aware, he’s made some poor decisions lately. I’m working with him. He’s dealing with stuff, too.”
“I told him, ‘You are responsible for your actions.’ And that’s the same with everyone,” Marrone said. “Like I said it before, I believe in this kid, I really do. And I really believe it is part of my job description to help these young men. Marcell is 24 years old. These rookies that are coming in are 22. I’ll be blunt about it, and I’m not blaming a lot of things, but it goes back to, when the NCAA went back to the 40-hour rule, we have a Collective Bargaining Agreement, you know, it’s proven, even when I was in college, these athletes have performed a lot better academically when it was during the football season than they did in the offseason. . . . We have to take advantage and help them [in] the time that they are with us. I think there is a lot to do. Now, with Marcell, we’re working on things, I’m heavily involved with it, and we’re doing everything we possibly can to make sure that he can make better decisions. We obviously know he’s an outstanding ballplayer and he’s got a big heart and is a great person. He just has to learn and make better decisions.”
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Joe Buscaglia of WGR talked to Jerry Hughes, who confirmed he was there when Marcell Dareus was arrested:
Jerry Hughes confirms he was driving his car and on the road at the same time as Marcell Dareus on Friday. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 4, 2014
Hughes would not elaborate on any details of the matter. Said facts were the facts. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 4, 2014
When asked if he was actually racing, he paused and gave a half laugh, before going to his refrain that he wasn't going to speak on it. ...— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 4, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 3
Mike Rodak of ESPN has more details on Marcell Dareus' charges:
Hamburg police confirm that Marcell Dareus has been charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, a Class A misdemeanor.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Dareus appeared in Hamburg Town Court yesterday and was released on his own recognizance. Due back June 17th.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Hamburg police say that white Jaguar driven by Marcell Dareus struck a tree in front of the Mongolian Buffet at the McKinley Mall.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Just to clarify charges for Dareus it’s reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree, reckless driving and participating in illegal speed contest— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Policy say Dareus was racing with a black Mustang about 5 minutes from the Bills’ practice facility. The driver of that vehicle isn’t known.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Here is the full press release from Hamburg police on Marcell Dareus' drag racing crash: pic.twitter.com/nLRv1VdYP8— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Bills head coach Doug Marrone later spoke about Dareus and his status with the team following the charges (via Rodak):
Marrone: "Marcell has made some poor decisions lately. He's dealing with a lot of personal issues too."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Marrone says Dareus will not attend the remainder of OTAs. Will return for mandatory minicamp— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Marrone: "I believe in Marcell." Says he'll try to get him back on right track.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Marrone says he has knowledge of driver of other car. Says he can't comment on it for legal purposes.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Dareus is accused of speed racing down Milestrip Rd. in Hamburg. Skid marks show where his Jaguar went off course. pic.twitter.com/LEEVqJAxXR— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
Here is the tree, outside the Mongolian Buffet in Hamburg, that put a dent in Marcell Dareus' afternoon Friday. pic.twitter.com/drKnviJEXG— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 3, 2014
The Buffalo News also reported the identity of the second Bills player with Dareus in the car:
Continued: News sources indicate Jerry Hughes was second Bills player involved in alleged drag racing incident.— The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) June 3, 2014
A second Buffalo Bills player is under investigation in the suspected drag racing crash Friday that led to the arrest of Marcell Dareus, sources tell The Buffalo News.
Sources say that defensive lineman Jerry Hughes, 25, of Sugar Land, Texas, is being investigated by Hamburg Town police as the driver of a black Camaro seen by witnesses racing against Dareus at Milestrip Road and McKinley Parkway on Friday afternoon. Dareus’ white Jaguar struck a tree outside the Mongolian Buffet Restaurant. Dareus was arrested on misdemeanor charges and traffic violations.
No charges have been filed yet against Hughes.
Buffalo Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is in the news for all the wrong reasons—again.
According to The Buffalo News' Tim Graham, Dareus has been charged with multiple misdemeanors and other violations in connection with a car race in Hamburg, New York:
Buffalo News reporting Marcell Dareus charged w/3 misdemeanors & 4 traffic violations for drag racing and property damage in Hamburg last wk— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) June 2, 2014
Marcell Dareus accused of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, among other things.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) June 2, 2014
The most serious charge, per The Buffalo News' James Staas and Shawn Campbell, is reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor that could potentially fetch a punishment of one year in jail.
There's never a good time for an organization to receive this kind of news about one of its best players, but when it comes to the Bills and Dareus, this is undoubtedly the worst possible timing.
Dareus, the fourth-year rising star from the University of Alabama, already faces felony drug charges stemming from a traffic stop on May 5. He still awaits a court date for that case, but Wednesday he talked to the media, via ESPN.com's Mike Rodak, offering comments that sound nothing but superficial in light of this latest news:
They believe in me. They know that I'm not a trouble guy. They know I'm not the type of person that's trying to look for any trouble. I'm not trying to do anything. Things happen and we're moving forward and they know I'm gonna grow into the guy they want me to be.
It was still uncertain whether he would receive a suspension following that incident, but as Syracuse.com's Brent Axe argued, there's pretty much no escaping that punishment now:
It's like Marcell Dareus is daring Marrone to suspend him again. Yeesh.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) June 2, 2014
Dareus is a tremendous talent. In three seasons with the Bills, he has recorded 18.5 sacks, showcasing a consistent ability to disrupt and create havoc on the interior. He made his first Pro Bowl last season and is also a plus run defender.
If he continues down this path, though, that talent will quickly wash down the drain.
As for the Bills, a team working hard to rebuild and put an end to a 14-season playoff drought, it's looking more and more likely they will have to start the season without one of their defensive stars.