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Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Hey, you know how the Tampa Bay Bucs are a surprising third overall in our ratings so far this season? Well, it's going to be tough to stay there with harder opposition coming up... not to mention that they'll now be without their starting free safety for the rest of the year. Not for an injury, that we would understand. No, it is because he's an idiot. Tanard Jackson just got dinged for his third time breaking the league's substance abuse policy. Not PEDs, folks. Recreational drugs or alcohol. He's suspended for 16 games, so the rest of this year and then the first two games of 2011.

Better yet, this could mean the return of Sabby Piscitelli to the Bucs starting lineup. Rejoice, Tampa fans. By which I actually mean, "do not rejoice."

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43 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2010, 8:34am

3 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

*sigh*
IDIOT

Just when the team looks like it's turning things around, this happens.

I'm not sure if Sabby would return to the lineup, though. Sean Jones can move to FS, and the team likes Corey Lynch and rookie Cody Grimm a lot. I think (or at least hope) either of those will get the nod over Sabbt.

If all that fails, I hope Sabby learned something from last year's debacle.

...

We're doomed.

4 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Not that I was expecting them to be any higher than third in the division, or any lower than third in the division...wait a minute, this changes nothing!

6 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

So, if marijuana is legalized for recreational purposes in California, would that exempt NFL players on California-based teams from being busted for smoking pot?

8 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Just because something is legal doesn't mean a private company has to allow employees to do it. Besides, NFL players know they'll be going out of state often. If they have marijuana in their system when they do (and it takes months for the last dregs to get flushed out), they would still be violating the law and the policy, even if the NFL doesn't test for it in the state of California.

26 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

While the first part of your comment is accurate, the second part is not. A failed marijuana test is not enough to be in violation of the law, generally; they have to prove you POSSESSED it, and a blood or urine test is not sufficient.

But it's irrelevant, as NFL policy is NFL policy and not related to the laws (except insomuch as NFL drug testing policy may or may not be against the law in some states, ie Minnesota). Anybody see a bunch of states suddenly passing MIN-like drug testing laws in order to help their teams? :)

13 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Current CA law states a marijuana prescription is required from a certified doctor for a medical condition. Chemotherapy side effects and glaucoma would qualify, of which I doubt he has. So he's still breaking state law.

Even if he had a prescription, it's still illegal under federal law. Federal law trumps California state law, so he could still face charges. Federal authorities would have to take the time, effort, and money to prosecute. Because of that there would have to be an overriding reason to prosecute (endangering others, etc) and so he could (just) get off with a suspension.

9 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Wait, NFL players can get suspended simply for drinking alcohol? I'm assuming this only applies to those players who are...recovering alcoholics? Players who have been convicted of an alcohol related crime? Under 21?

What are the conditions that make drinking alcohol a suspendable offense for NFL players?

12 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

He was suspended for the first four games last season for the same thing. Apparently, getting high is more important to him than making millions of dollars. And this season was going so well...

14 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

What a letdown. What a moron. After last year's suspension you'd think he would have learned... and it has to be demoralizing following a nice 2-0 start (admittedly against weak opponents, but still).

Apart from hurting the team, he's also going lose a year of playing time, so won't become a free agent this year and will have his contract run next season instead. And he'll be heavily damaged goods.

19 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Sad to say, he sounds like a cautionary tale in the making- a negative pattern of behaviour he was cautioned for and didn't change, a lot less money and a LOT more unstructured free time in his life.

Hope it doesn't go the way we would all suspect.

21 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

I actually uttered the word "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" seeing the headline.

What a moron. Seriously, you know you're one step away from a season-long sit-down, and you still do it?

I honestly didn't expect the season to go well or anything, but I just cannot stand the idea of Sabby Piscatelli getting regular playing time again. He causes me actual pain every time I see him. Now it's time for Aqib Talib to do something stupid again, and the circle will be complete.

22 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Compare this to the NBA, where Brandon Rush recently failed a 3rd test and got suspended for 5 games... out of 82. And you know what happens if he fails a 4th? 10 games.

Now, I'm not saying one way or the other is better, but it's clear that one of these unions is much better than the other at fighting for its right to party.

23 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Curious about the marijuana discussion. Is it known that this, or previous, suspensions are marijuana related? I'd think the vast majority of drug suspensions, especially long ones, would be for cocaine or painkillers since they are both much more addictive and more difficult to stop than pot.

24 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

Jackson fell in the draft due to 'character concerns'. The Bucs looked like they got a steal but many teams saw this coming and avoided him. He's too stupid to play in the NFL at the moment but it's his non-football IQ that's stopping him.

25 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

I seriously do not care if players take recreational drugs or not. Now I can understand the team caring if it hurts his performance. Given he just made the team out of camp, I'm guessing it hasn't. Currently dog murderer Vick was begged by the media into the Eagles starting job, so I think it's safe to assume fans give not a crap for these events either as long as the dude can play. Sure it's negative PR, but the fact is this negative PR doesn't affect NFL's bottom line. And more to the point the policy creates far more negative PR than not having the policy would. Would you even know who this guy was without the NFL declaring this suspension? Nope. The NFL just created a negative PR event out of nothing. So why is this policy in place?

31 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

And more to the point the policy creates far more negative PR than not having the policy would.

I wish you were right about this, but I don't think you are. All it takes is some politician or self-appointed "moral leader" to start screaming about how the NFL allows its players to take illegal drugs with no sanction, and you can get a PR nightmare in a hurry. I certainly don't give a shit if NFL players toke up, but I don't believe I'm in the majority, at least in this country.

36 Re: Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended for Year

No, Tampa simply can't abide another year with Sabby P in the starting line up. I've already been disillusioned by the atrocious angles the safeties have taken in the first two games that led to big plays for opposing offenses. Piscitelli is worse; we have to go shopping. And though I really like T-Jack, apparently he doesn't get it and needs to be cut.

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