After an allegedly rather odd encounter with the police, Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio wound up under observation in the Erie County Medical Center. It is important to note that he was not arrested by the responding officers. Though the Bills gathered for practice today, he was not in attendance.
The report comes from Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who wrote:
“According to a police source, Kouandjio was found, not fully clothed, in a field after climbing over an electric fence. When an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy went to detain him, the source said, the 6-foot-7, 322-pound Kouandjio yelled, ‘Shoot me!’”
A car accident had already happened just a bit further up the road, so police were in the area. Carucci went on to add that police allegedly didn’t know who they were dealing with, writing:
“Police were not initially aware of Kouandjio’s identity, the source said. When the player’s vehicle was found abandoned, a search was conducted and Bills gear was discovered, according to the source. A check of the license showed the vehicle was registered to Kouandjio…The source said that police suspected Kouandjio pulled off Route 400 when he saw the flashing lights from police and emergency vehicles on the scene of the accident, and then went into the field on foot.”
Exactly what happened is unclear. The team released a short statement, which, per Carucci, reads as follows:
“We are aware of the matter involving Cyrus and are carefully monitoring his condition and gathering more information. We don’t have all of the details, so we won’t have any further comment at this time.”