Buffalo, NY - A source close to the team disclosed today that Colin Brown left the Bills because of repeated bullying by other players.
After repeated requests for an interview were ignored, reporters finally caught up with Brown as he was leaving his Missouri home this afternoon. Brown confirmed that he was forced to leave the Bills because of his treatment at the hands of other players. Brown admitted that he was routinely physically abused and manhandled at least once a week by opposing players. Additionally, there was also verbal abuse, teasing, and taunting by those he referred to as "big meanies". Brown also said that he was laughingly compared to objects such as "pylons" and "turn-styles" while his team-mates looked on and did nothing.
On one notable occasion, after being repeatedly beaten and humiliated by Muhammed Wilkerson during one never-ending session, Brown claimed that rookie quarterback EJ Manuel gave him a very dirty look and stopped talking to him while yet another unnamed Buffalo Bill player called him the 'N' word (No-good). Brown stated that this made him feel "real bad'.
Brown claimed that he took his concerns to both Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as well as head coach Doug Marrone but his requests for assistance fell upon deaf ears. Indeed, Brown revealed that Marrone suggested that he 'man up' and 'stop acting like a baby'. Brown hinted that his refusal to respond to the physical man-handling led to a reduction in playing time and ultimately his being released from the team.
Brown revealed that he was not the only victim of bullying on the Bills team. He believes that fellow ex-team-mate Justin Rogers was similarly abused by opposing players. However, upon being informed of Brown's statements, Rogers refused to comment beyond saying he was "extremely grateful to still have a job in the NFL."
Rogers also scoffed at reports that his being drafted and later cut by the Patriots was part of a long-range Belichick game-plan meant to sabotage the Bills, crossing his fingers and adding that "Bill Belichick is not nor has even been a cheater" before nervously dashing off. Before leaving, he expressed hope that his comments would not be publicized because "Marrone probably forgot that he hadn't fired his (Rogers) ass already" and he was trying to keep a low profile to avoid coming to Marrone's attention.
The league declined to make a statement, stating that the matter was under investigation, and personnel were currently busy "dealing with other teams we actually give a damn about."