Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd is reportedly facing several drug charges following a July car crash near his home in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, according to WTAE Reporter Beau Berman.
BREAKING: Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd facing several drug charges after July car crash in Jefferson Hills, Pa. pic.twitter.com/82SfpSFnGV— eau erman (@BeauWTAE) October 5, 2017
Criminal complaint: Boyd admitted one vape pen & the unopened vape cartridges were his & said "but they don't get you high or anything."— eau erman (@BeauWTAE) October 5, 2017
According to Berman, a vape pen, vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, vodka and Cognac were found in a crashed Mercedes, registered to Boyd’s name. The vape cartridge said "Ocean Live Resin" and featured a marijuana leaf on the packaging. Boyd, per Berman, also admitted to the vape pen and cannabis cartridges being his.
The July 12, 2017 car crash occurred at 3:00 a.m. ET in a suburb of Pittsburgh. A black Mercedes Benz registered to Boyd hit a guardrail, but Boyd was not on the scene when the police arrived. The bottle of Cognac found by police was open in the car; the vodka was unopened. Boyd was charged today with “possession of THC and not being registered to have a controlled substance,” per the police report.
“We are aware of the media report and working to gather more information,” a Bengals spokesperson said.
WPXI in Pittsburgh reported that two days following the accident, Boyd went to police claiming another man was driving his car and that he was not in the vehicle when the crash occurred.
Boyd already faced a year-long probation following a DUI during college in 2015. He was suspended from football activities at University of Pittsburgh for one-month due to the incident. That helped Boyd fall to the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, at which point the Bengals selected him. Boyd was strangely inactive for the Bengals' Week 2 game this year. He was considered a healthy scratch and his work ethic had been called into question as a reason for him missing the game. It’s unclear if the Bengals knew about this incident prior to today.
Boyd has Tweeted the following statement, doubling down that he was not responsible for the car crash.
WPIX is also reporting that Boyd is due in court next month. We’ll update this story as more details become available.