Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington has been acquitted on weapons charges. The news stems from an incident in July when Washington, a former Ohio State standout, was accused of improperly carrying a concealed weapon outside a water park in suburban Sharonville.
However, Ohio Judge Jackie Ginocchio found Washington, a 2016 third-round pick, not guilty in the non-jury trial.
Per the arrest and investigation report, Washington was at Splash Cincinnati Water Park as police officers were clearing out a crowd in a lot. Washington "reached for and displayed a gun while sitting inside his vehicle; just feet away from officers. [Washington] did not inform officers beforehand."
Lt. Keith Schoonover of the Sharonville Police Department told NFL.com that Washington has a valid concealed carry weapon permit in the state of Ohio. The charge is a violation of a subsection of the state law, according to Schoonover.
"He wasn't arrested for having the gun, it was how he handled the situation," Schoonover told NFL.com. Schoonover added that Washington cooperated with the officers at the scene.
Washington recorded 2.5 sacks in 15 games played, including 11 starts over his rookie season last year. He was suspended from his final collegiate game at Ohio State -- the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame -- following a citation for solicitation, noted NFL.com.
Washington played primarily with the first-team defense this week against the.