Bashaud Breeland briefly addressed the possession of marijuana charge he received after the Redskins concluded their Thursday morning practice, issuing a statement but declining to answer questions.
“I talked to Coach [Jay] Gruden and I talked to Mr. Bruce [Allen, the team president and general manager],” Breeland said, flanked by a Redskins spokesman and Malcolm Blacken, the team’s director of player development. “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, a rookie cornerback, was cited for simple possession, a misdemeanor, at approximately 10:40 p.m. at the Sunoco gas station on the edge of the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He was allowed to practice with his teammates both Tuesday and Thursday.
The Redskins ended their nearly three-week training camp in Richmond following Tuesday morning’s practice and returned to Redskins Park in Ashburn for practice on Thursday.
Gruden said Breeland was allowed to practice “because he’s on the team” and said he would not share any potential disciplinary measures the Redskins will take.
“He’s well aware of what he has to do to get it fixed and we have to just move forward,” Gruden said. “Hopefully he learned from a terrible mistake. … He’s a young kid and he’s had a great camp, and a little hiccup, a bump in the road for him that he’s got to learn from that a lot of kids go through at his age. He’ll learn from it, and we’ll all move forward from this, hopefully.”
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said Breeland told some of the players about the charge on Tuesday morning before practice.
“It’s a situation that 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 anyways, so they’re gonna try it their way until it doesn’t work. He was able for it not to work early in his career to where he can rebound from it and he can learn from it. It could have been a whole hell of a lot worse than it ended up being.”