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Nigel Bradham said he “Just forgot” the loaded gun in his backpack

Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Nigel Bradham puts his helmet on during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

Eagles coach Doug Pederson sent his players into the bye week with the traditional message about being safe and making good decisions.

Then, linebacker Nigel Bradham got arrested for having a loaded gun in his backpack at the Miami International Airport.

How does it happen? Just forgot,” Bradham said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “It’s as simple as that.”

As he showed reporters the backpack in question, pointing out “the smallest zipper on the bag” where it was found by TSA agents in Miami, he said: “I never open this.”

But as astutely noted by Bowen, the bag also had the purple security tag the Eagles used for their Sept. 25 game against the Steelers, so either security at Lincoln Financial Field missed the forgotten gun or Bradham’s definition of “never” is different than the traditional one of “not ever.”

Bradham has a concealed carry permit, and showed it to TSA when they found the gun, but he was arrested anyway since he’s on bond from an offseason misdemeanor assault charge.

Asked whether he often carries a loaded gun, Bradham said it was common in Florida, and he has the appropriate paperwork.

“It wasn’t cocked and loaded,” he said. “It was loaded, as far as bulletswise.”

“You never want to be a distraction,” he said. “Obviously, that’s what happened . . . Right now, we’ve got a lot of positive things to talk about. We’re 3-0, coming off the bye week . . . We got the Lions, [need to] stay focused on the Lions.”

Pederson seemed less willing to just shrug it off.

“I don’t know why anybody would do that,” the Eagles coach said. “I don’t know all the circumstances around it . . . It’s a big deal, to do that. Obviously, he has it registered, and, from that standpoint – listen, I have rifles, and I like to hunt, but we just have to be smart.”

The gun charge might not have been as big a deal (though some would argue it should have been) if not for the assault charge, for which he was formally charged Wednesday, after being accused of punching the guy renting beach chairs and umbrellas at a party in Miami.

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23 Responses to “Nigel Bradham said he “Just forgot” the loaded gun in his backpack”
  1. bmoreb says: Oct 6, 2016 5:55 AM

    This happens all the time, trust me.
    – B Switzer

  2. switchwitch59 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:07 AM

    Just my opinion, but anyone irresponsible enough to “forget” they have a loaded gun in their backpack/luggage should have their concealed carry permit revoked.

  3. spilli says: Oct 6, 2016 6:11 AM

    Stedman Bailey was in Miami sitting in his car when he was shot. That’s why Nigel feels he needs to be armed. Not a big deal, but the Ginger Hammer will ask for his first born and all the old ass owners will drink it’s blood to try to regain their youthful looks.

  4. jshawaii22 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:30 AM

    You just can’t make this up…. ‘

    If he gets off, I’m taking my Glock with me to Las Vegas on my next trip. Oh, that bulge in my pants Officer… I don’t know… I didn’t know it was there… honest.

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 6, 2016 7:16 AM

    Oh, it was loaded “bulletwise.”

    As opposed to loaded with something else, got it.

  6. MichaelEdits says: Oct 6, 2016 7:18 AM

    I might be afraid to go into the Miami Airport without a gun.

  7. gtodriver says: Oct 6, 2016 7:22 AM

    Someone that can’t remember that they are carrying, shouldn’t be authorized to carry anything.

  8. timothy131 says: Oct 6, 2016 7:30 AM

    you carry a gun for protection? maybe? but you forgot you had it? laughing my butt off

  9. zenoracledba says: Oct 6, 2016 7:54 AM

    And if the gun had gone off, then that would have been just a one time thing that never happened before. Cut him now before he forgets something on the field.

  10. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Oct 6, 2016 8:17 AM

    A justice on Michigan state Supreme Court recently plead guilty to the same charge stemming from a gun in his airport bag in 2013. If you talk to people in the state’s legal community, you’ll see that this is generally criticized as an idiotic mistake.

  11. dreadnok89 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:20 AM

    Dolls like this is why gun rights are under fire

  12. bigjdve says: Oct 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    It is a huge deal either way.

    In a time where there are gun control nuts talking about taking guns away and gun rights nuts arguing the exact opposite a legal gun owner breaking the law could sway the balance.

  13. factschecker says: Oct 6, 2016 8:38 AM

    Loaded handguns are a great thing to totally forget about. Good thing loaded handguns are not dangerous. In fact this spring I’m going to replace Easter eggs with loaded handguns and hide them around the back yard for the kids to find.

  14. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    ya big dummy!
    our best LB, figures! Prob end up being suspended 2-3 games! ugghhh

  15. therealtrenches says: Oct 6, 2016 8:56 AM

    Ya gotta love Les Bowen trying to stir the pot. With things going so well for the Eagles right now, he must be the most misery eat writer on the planet.

  16. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    He forgot? Really? You are carrying around a loaded weapon and you forgot?

    He’s either stupid or completely nonchalant about carrying around a loaded gun–which is stupid. Either way you look at it, this guy obviously isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box. As the story points out, he’s probably lying. So why not just own up to it instead of using the excuse that you’re stupid? This guy is dumb beyond belief.

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 6, 2016 10:12 AM

    I’ll bet he didn’t forget to leave the shampoo behind though.

  18. crewchief15 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:42 AM

    “It was loaded, as far as bulletswise.”
    ———–
    What else would it be loaded with??? Please take his gun(s) away, if you forget where you put your loaded gun (you know the one for protection), you should not have one. Hopefully he has no kids at home!

  19. laserw says: Oct 6, 2016 10:48 AM

    Lame excuse.

    Who puts a gun in a backpack and carries it loaded?

    Some lives matter.

  20. cromagarmy76 says: Oct 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    He probaly left the stove on, too.

  21. cromagarmy76 says: Oct 6, 2016 1:19 PM

    *probably (stupid autocorrect).

  22. macjacmccoy says: Oct 6, 2016 4:16 PM

    Yeah it’s stupid to forget you have a gun in your bag when your going to the airport. But why does everyone keep bringing up that it was loaded. What’s the point of carrying a gun that isn’t loaded? IMO it’s a lot more dangerous to have an unloaded gun then a loaded one. God forbid you have to pull your gun. If you have bullets you can defend yourself. If you don’t you just made yourself a threat and a bigger target for the person your defending yourself against.

    And not tell me he doesn’t need one. Nate Allen, Sean Taylor, and all the other athletes who have been robbed and or shot all could have used one.

  23. jonwill57 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:37 PM

    @spilli says:
    Oct 6, 2016 6:11 AM

    Stedman Bailey was in Miami sitting in his car when he was shot. That’s why Nigel feels he needs to be armed. Not a big deal, but the Ginger Hammer will ask for his first born and all the old ass owners will drink it’s blood to try to regain their youthful looks.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Sitting in a car in Miami is different than boarding a plane.

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