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Jim Schwartz on Eagles LB Nigel Bradham: ‘Do Dumb-ass Things & You’ll Be Labeled a Dumb-ass’
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz held back no punches when he was aksed about Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham and his recent arrest for having a loaded gun in his backpack at Miami International Airport on Sunday.
“You do dumbass things, pretty soon you’re going to be labeled a dumbass,” Schwartz said Thursday. “And he’s got a lot of ground to make up. It’s not just him. It’s the rest of us also. It’s everybody who wears that helmet … He’s got to earn some trust back.”
On Wednesday, Bradham stated he simply forgot the gun was in his backpack and he was arrested because he was out on bond already for assaulting a hotel employee back in July. Schwartz was having none of that excuse at all:
“The worst thing I’ve ever forgotten at the airport, I think, has been a razor or a belt or something like that,” Schwartz said. “I’m the guy in line that if that person five people ahead has a bottle of water in their luggage, I’m putting my hands up like, ‘Seriously, do you ever travel? Do you not know that you can’t take water in?’
“This takes it to a different level. I think the most disappointing thing for me is it takes away from the Nigel that we see every day. A good teammate. A hard worker. A trustworthy player on the field. But facts are facts.”