Russ Brandon has resigned as managing partner and president of the Pegula sports empire.
However the Buffalo News is reporting that the move comes after Pegula Sports and Entertainment conducted an internal investigation into Brandon’s workplace behavior and allegations of personal misconduct, two sources told The Buffalo News on Tuesday.
Brandon said in a written statement:
“I have been contemplating transitioning out of my role for some time,” Brandon wrote in a text which was sent to the Buffalo News, the Associated Press, and the Democrat and Chronicle. “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.”
The Pegulas also issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon as well:
A statement from Terry and Kim Pegula. pic.twitter.com/nMRqDDl8CV
— Pegula Sports & Entertainment (@PegulaSE) May 1, 2018
Brandon is mostly known for his two decades in the Bills’ front office, rising through the organization as Ralph Wilson’s trusted steward. Brandon served as general manager, CEO and de facto owner upon Wilson’s death.