Police arrested Nigel Bradham, a linebacker on the Philadelphia Eagles team that won Super Bowl LII, in Florida on Saturday. Troopers said they found more than three pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop, reports the Philly Voice.
They charged Bradham, 32, with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of a firearm during a felony, according to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
He posted $1,000 bail and police released him from Leon County jail Sunday, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. The current free agent told a judge Sunday he intended to hire an attorney, but court records didn’t yet list one assigned to the case, reports WCTV.
Strong Smell Of Marijuana; Bradham Had No Patient ID
Florida Highway Patrol officers stopped the NFL veteran because the tag on his 2021 Chevrolet Corvette didn’t match records. Officers claimed there was a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.
Bradham claimed to be a Florida medical marijuana patients, troopers said. But he was unable to produce identification to prove that.
Bradham’s name then didn’t come up after cops conducted a state registry search, reports TMZ. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but adult-use cannabis remains against the law.
12 Bags Of Cannabis With California Logos
During a search of the Corvette, police claim they found 10 small plastic bags and two large bags of Cannabis, all with retail sales logos from California. The weight of the Cannabis totaled 3.45 pounds, police claimed, reports Fox News.
Cops said they found two large bags of weed in a suitcase in the vehicle’s trunk. They nabbed 10 small bags in a green and black satchel in the front passenger seat, according to the affidavit.
Police claimed they located a gun in the glove compartment and another in the satchel. Bradham had a concealed weapons permit. But that didn’t help much. You see, cops identified the Glock found in the glovebox as a stolen weapon from Missouri.
Bradham told cops that he bought the car in Georgia and had produced temporary tags for the vehicle, according to police. Bradham had tried to get the tag on the car transferred from a Dodge van he owned.
Bradham’s license was suspended earlier this month for no insurance, troopers said. They ticketed him for unknowingly driving with a suspended license and wrote a warning for having an improper tag display.
Checkered Past: Assaulting A Cabana Boy; Gun At Airport
Leon County, located in the Panhandle, is home to state capital, Tallahassee, and Bradham’s alma mater, Florida State University Bradham is from Crawfordville, Wakulla County. That’s about a 30-minute drive south of Tallahassee.
This isn’t Bradham’s first run-in with the law. Miami police charged with aggravated battery in July 2016 for allegedly assaulting a cabana boy over an umbrella.
Later that same year, police arrested him for allegedly carrying a loaded gun through security at Miami International Airport. Officials said “it was clear” Bradham had no criminal intent with the firearm spotted by TSA workers at an X-ray machine, reports TMZ.
The Buffalo Bills took Bradham in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played four years in Buffalo before joining the Eagles in 2016. The franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl title highlighted his four-year stay in Philadelphia.
Bradham last played in the NFL in just one 2020 game with the Denver Broncos.