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Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:54 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 5:33 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

The Buccaneers have announced that free safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended by the NFL indefinitely. Jackson violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy and program. The suspension takes effect immediately, and the fourth-year pro is not eligible for reinstatement until September 22, 2011. T. Jackson (US Presswire)

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik released this statement:

“Tanard is a talented young man whom we hope is able to use this year to put his troubles behind him and ultimately return a stronger man and player. It's up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise.”

Dominik isn’t exaggerating when he refers to Jackson’s “considerable promise”. The former fourth-round pick showed a true knack for playmaking when he first entered the league. He has struggled at times in recent years, namely in reads and decision-making (which, in hindsight, may or may not be tied to his substance abuse), but when he’s right, he’s an ideal centerfielder in a Cover 2 scheme.

Jackson’s absence puts the Bucs in a considerable bind. The second-string free safety is Cody Grimm, who was drafted in the seventh round this past April. Former Bengal Corey Lynch offers more experience, but he’s a limited athlete. And besides, it might be too painful for Bucs fans to see a safety named Lynch take the field without any genuine talent -- especially given that this Lynch even physically looks like Sir John Lynch.

Sabby Piscitelli might seem like an option, but he couldn’t even cover average tight ends effectively last season. The only way he gets back on the field is if coaches decide they’re willing to move starting strong safety Sean Jones into centerfield.

Dominik may want to place a call to Ken Hamlin, who was released by the Ravens on Wednesday.
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2010 1:48 pm
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

The first thing that come to mind after reading that this individual has been aught using drugs.

It sort of remind me of a person that warned a person that the police had set up a speed trap on a certain street. Then this same person goes out and speed right by this very spot.

If you know that you are gonna be drug tested, because you have had past problems then you should use your brain and not use for that period of time, no matter how long the period is.

I know that some of you will say it is difficult to stop using a drug that  you are addicted to. I at one time in my Army career was placed in charge of the drug and alcohol drug program to maintain discipline and help the doctors assist those addicted to drugs and alcohol get over their addiction. I too had an addiction to cigarettes.

As I informed those that were in the drug program it is a day to day operation getting over a habit. You do it one day after the other day and then the next day you start all over again. This was the only incentive that these individuals had.

Jackson has many incentives, teammates that depended on him and his ability to be apart of this team, winning more games than last season, establishing a consistent playoff team, and if you would want to count the amount of money lost that he could have used for his family or future retirement plans.

I want the Bucs to be a winner and develop talent which  Jackson has.

I think the Bucs should let this clown go on his merry way and destroy another team. This person should set the example for future and younger players that malcontents, drug and  alcohol abusers would not be tolerated on this team.

Giving this guy and others a second chance might be a noble idea, but it could also cause Chaos on your team, as there are those that don’t think he is a team player and why should be remain a team player if he can not do what is expected of him as a team member. There are the younger players that might think well he can get away with this, therefore as long as I have talent I don’t have to abide by team and league rules. 


“GO BUCS’


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”




Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

A couple things to consider: First off, someone with an addiction to drugs isn't going to change because he has been offered millions of dollars.  In fact, that can often make it worse.  If this is a player who is addicted to something, then the only thing that is going to help him is counseling and a support group (which the NFL never offers its players.  Talk about your feelings? Ha! This is a MAN's game!).  Second, getting your money upfront is the only way any of these guys make any money.  Despite being the most dangerous/violent sport out there, players are not guaranteed one penny.  You could spend your whole life having people tell you how amazing and talented you are (you got the golden egg!) and then you get your shot at the NFL, blow out your knee and get a concussion your first season, and you're done.  And nobody cares (certainly not your former employer).  Sure, it's fun to play a sport for your career.  But there is considerable risk for these guys and most of the men who come through the league aren't living the life of Peyton Manning or Terrell Owens.  Most of them are like the WR from the Broncos who committed suicide, or the OT who can no longer walk, or the DE with severe anger management issues.

It's pretty unfair to blanketly criticize NFL players as spoiled and unappreciative and with "millions of dollars lining their pockets" strictly based on talent they were born with.  You just sound like someone who is jealous and unhappy with your own life.  I don't think it's as easy to walk in an NFL player's shoes as people make it out to be. To be perfectly honest, I would never want their job.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:56 am
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

This is the kind of stuff that leads to ruined seasons for young teams. They need the young talent they have and when injury, or in this case, stupidity comes into play, it can really derail a team that has the slightest promise. Even established teams lose more when their top athletes go down. Its exponential with young, shallow talented teams. 
That said, hope he gets his head straight. If it is some kind of addiction problem, he shouldn't be ridiculed if he gives an honest effort to clean up. And if it is addiction, I could understand why he kept using. It's hard to get off an addiction and its not like he would go to the league and ask them for help, he'd get suspended anyway and he'd be in the same spot. 
If its something like pot, he's just a dumb@ss and should get the full extent of his punishment. 
And to the poster above, your reply was pretty pathetic and stupid in itself so YOU have no credibility in calling someone the dumbest writer. It wasn't that dumb of a statement, it was meant to be funny, get over yourself and off your high horse. You are posting a comment on CBS sports by the way so I doubt you're the greatest thing since sliced bread



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:17 am
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

JJAG if you have nothing to offer to the discussion besides insulting the author then don't post anything at all.
Nobody wants to read the rantings of a 12 year old child.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 6:31 am
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

JJAG, you need to get the hell off your computer. I've read 2 articles so far today, both in which you have made retarded comments full of nothing but hate.  If you hate everyone on this site, and every league/coaches descision, why are you even here reading articles?  GTFO you bum.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 3:09 am
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

Andy Benoit: THIS IS THE DUMBEST SENTENCE EVER WRITTEN BY ANY WRITER- EVER:

And besides, it might be too painful for Bucs fans to see a safety named Lynch take the field without any genuine talent -- especially given that this Lynch even physically looks like Sir John Lynch.
CONGRATS: YOU HAVE TAKEN THE TITLE OF WORST SPORTS WRITER EVER OVER FROM YOUR COLLEAGUE, PETE PRISCO!



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 3:06 am
 

Bucs S Tanard Jackson suspended at least 1 year

ANDY BENOIT: THIS IS THE DUMBEST THING EVER WRITTEN BY ANY WRITER- EVER! 

And besides, it might be too painful for Bucs fans to see a safety named Lynch take the field without any genuine talent -- especially given that this Lynch even physically looks like Sir John Lynch.

CONGRATS: YOU JUST TOOK THE TITLE OF DUMBEST WRITER EVER AWAY FROM PETE PRISCO



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