Speaking with reporters for the first time since a May 5 arrest, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus told reporters on Wednesday that he is working to put the situation behind him.
"It’s behind me. I’m not a trouble guy," Dareus said after the Bills' first OTA of the season. "I don’t cause any problems nowhere. I’m not a loud guy, I don’t do anything. I just have fun and be myself. Things happen. Things happen."
"I feel like I’m on the straight and narrow," he later continued. "All I’m going to have to do is just... things happen. Young, dumb. You’ve got to correct it and just move forward."
Dareus was pulled over for speeding on May 5, with police eventually discovering synthetic cannabis ("spice") and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. He was eventually charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia charges. Dareus, however, insists that reports have been overblown.
"No, not at all. It’s not what you guys think it is," Dareus said. "The media put things out there the wrong way... There’s not really much for me to linger on. I have a job here, and I have to do the best I can to represent the Buffalo Bills."
Bills head coach Doug Marrone suspended Dareus twice at the tail end of the 2013 season for twice being late to team meetings. He missed the first quarter of a Week 16 win over Miami, and then the first half of the season finale loss in New England. The Bills have since met again with Dareus, the player confirmed.
"They really put a lot of emphasis on (maturity). We sat and talked as a group. They believe in me," Dareus said. "They know that I’m not a trouble guy. They know that I’m not the person that’s trying to look for any trouble, not trying to do anything wrong. Things happen. We’re moving forward. I’m going to grow into the guy they want me to be. I’m going to continue to put myself in positions to get better."
Marrone told reporters on Wednesday that getting Dareus back into the building at One Bills Drive will help his focus, and that is a sentiment that Dareus himself agreed with on the first day of OTAs.
"Wake up call? Of course," Dareus said of the arrest. "But at the same time, I’m here. I’m here with my guys. I’m here with the great fans of Buffalo. I feel at home. I’m at home. I’m away from all the mess. I can focus, and really be myself and have fun."