Bashaud Breeland was having a good training camp until it ended. The day after camp broke on August 10th, Breeland was cited for marijuana possession on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He was issued a summons by a VCU police officer at a gas station, and a trial was scheduled for later that month.
Breeland was not publicly disciplined by the team, and Head Coach Jay Gruden said that the team would handle it internally. Defensive Team Captain DeAngelo Hall had some advice for the rookie. "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 anyway. 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."
Breeland didn't talk to the media, but he did issue this statement. "I talked to Coach Gruden and I talked to Mr. Bruce. 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 has gone on to have a very good season. He started out as the slot CB, but when DeAngelo Hall was lost for the season after an Achilles injury in Week 3, Breeland stepped into the starting CB spot next to David Amerson. Breeland had his breakout game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football against Dez Bryant. He has been a top rated corner for the last month, and looks like a draft steal right now. But whatever happened with that court case?
NBC12 in Richmond reported last week that Breeland has made a deal with the district attorney's office that involves an anti-drug PSA that will be shown in Richmond public schools. The maximum sentence for simple marijuana possession is 30 days in jail, but the judge has discretion to give probation and/or community service. Commonwealth Attorney Michael Herring worked out the deal with Breeland which would see him avoid jail, probation, and community service.
"I saw this case, which qualifies for first-offender status, as a unique and different opportunity that presented us with the possibility of making a significant impact, as opposed to simply just giving out a punishment," Herring said in a press release."Our goal here was to capitalize on Bashaud Breeland's willingness to allow his experience to become a teaching tool to help young people make better decisions."
You can watch the full PSA below: