ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Is drag racing a common hobby for some Buffalo Bills players? News 4 asked Head Coach Doug Marrone and Quarterback EJ Manuel.
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“First of my knowledge. First of my knowledge. Very poor decision and very dangerous,” Marrone said.
Manuel added, “Is that a widespread thing? No I don’t think so. You don’t hear about it too often. Guys have cars and stuff like that, but at least on our team, I don’t see very many guys racing or things like that.”
But on social media, players talk about it. In an Instagram video on Aaron Williams’ account, you can see two cars spinning out in the parking lot of Ralph Wilson Stadium. In the comments, players like Fred Jackson and Jerry Hughes talking about racing.
Hughes is the teammate sources say was racing Marcell Dareus when Dareus crashed. After the crash, a witness saw Dareus get into a black Camaro with Texas plates, like the one owned by Hughes.
Marrone characterizes Dareus’ behavior as a bad decision made by a young man.
“I’m going to do everything I can to help a 24-year-old man, make better decisions,” Marrone said.
But others see the drag racing as a dangerous practice that could hurt others in the process.
Jon, who witnessed the accident Dareus was allegedly involved in, said, “They’re smoking their tires, doing all these things. Of course as a father, it angers me. But they think they have their money and they can do whatever they want.”
Dareus is due in Hamburg Town Court on June 17 for the misdemeanor charges. He still faces felony drug charges in Alabama for his arrest last month.