Bills, Sabres exec Russ Brandon resigns amid allegations of personal misconduct

By Arthur Weinstein 2 May 2018 133
Bills, Sabres exec Russ Brandon resigns amid allegations of personal misconduct

Russ Brandon, the top executive with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, has resigned his positions amid allegations of personal misconduct, according to the Buffalo News.

Brandon served as managing partner and president of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, owner of the Bills and Sabres as well as the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and the pro lacrosse team Buffalo Bandits.

Kim Pegula has assumed the role as president.

Brandon confirmed his resignation to the Buffalo News, saying he'd been planning the move "for some time." However, the News reported two sources indicated Pegula Sports had conducted an internal investigation into "workplace behavior and allegations of personal misconduct."

Sources told the News the investigation involved "allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees." While Brandon denied those allegations to Kim Pegula, she reportedly found his response "deceitful," and the investigation uncovered other job-related issues.

"I have been contemplating transitioning out of my role for some time," Brandon said. "My goal when the Pegula’s purchased the franchise was to reach 20 years with the Bills in which I achieved this past November. Given where we are from a timing standpoint, particularly with the conclusion of the NFL Draft, now seems like the time to make that transition.

"As grateful as I am for the amazing experience and the incredible people I’ve had the privilege to work with the past two decades, I am just as anxious for the professional opportunities that lie ahead."

Brandon joined the Bills front office in 1997 and was promoted to CEO in 2009, and then president in 2013. He was the third person to hold that title, after franchise founder Ralph Wilson and Tom Donahoe.

He earned praise for his work in running the franchise during its sale to Pegula Sports in 2014, amid rumors the Bills would move elsewhere following Wilson's death. 

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