Bengals’ Boyd addresses drug possession charge


One day after being charged with drug possession, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd addressed the incident Friday morning in the locker room.

"We're just trying to gather more information because there's a lot to it," Boyd said. "It ain't just what's out there. So we're just going to wait until we get more information. I'm trying to handle it the best way possible before I say anything. Trying to get more information that way and talk more with my attorney before I give a statement."

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The charges brought by the Allegheny County Police Department on Thursday stem from a car accident in July in which a black Mercedes Benz registered to Boyd was found wrecked with no one inside. Police found vape pens with packaging saying the ingredients included distilled cannabis inside the car, along with an open bottle of Cognac and an unopened bottle of peach vodka.

Boyd told police he was not in the car at the time of the crash, and another man also is facing multiple charges in relation to the accident.

Thursday afternoon Boyd tweeted, "Everybody chill out i wasn't present at the crash nor did i have anything to do with it period. It was just my car" before later deleting it.

Friday morning he said he was surprised to hear he had been charged nearly three months after the accident.

"I thought it was cool," he said. "I thought everything was eliminated, but it came back. So now I'm re-talking with my attorney and just waiting to see what works for me and how I can fix all this."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis declined to comment on the issue, deferring instead to the statement the team released Thursday afternoon, which read "We are aware of the media report and working to gather more information."

The Bengals drafted Boyd in the second round of the 2016 draft. He appeared in all 16 games as a rookie with two starts, catching 54 passes for 603 yards and one touchdown.

His playing time has decreased in his second season. Boyd has just has just four catches for 37 yards in three games this season. He was inactive as a healthy scratch for the Week 2 game against Houston.


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