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Hayes’ Arrest the Latest Black Eye for the Bucs

From the Aqib Talib issue with a cab driver to Jerramy Stevens driving to a team meeting with lots of pot in his car, and now another arrest with Monday’s incident with Geno Hayes, the Bucs are not exactly helping their rep of being a clean team off the field this season.

Hayes was the third Bucs player arrested since this season began, and that’s not countiong Tanard Jackson’s suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

So the team clearly needs to change its policy, or the Bucs are going to start becoming the NFC’s version of the Cincinnati Bengals, and that’s not something they should be striving to be.

“I’m certainly frustrated,” GM Mark Dominik said. “The worst part for me is that we’ve got this young team, 8-5, hit by injuries but still making a playoff run, and we have to talk about this .”

Maybe it’s time to send a message to a player like Hayes, and dock him some game checks. It’s already a shame that Raheem Morris said the incident won’t take away Hayes’ playing time, so other than a game check or two – what’s left?

“Discipline in the building is as strict as it can be,” Morris said. “You get fined for being a second late to a meeting — a lot of money. … It’s not about discipline inside the building. It’s about having the awareness in how to deal with normal people, so to speak. They’ve got to realize they’re under the microscope at all times. And you’ve got to have the ability to walk away.”

The Bucs don’t have enough talent to be dealing with distractions week in and week out, and something like what Hayes did Monday morning does nothing but take away from a gutsy comeback win Sunday, and talk of the playoffs remain very real for a team that was pretty bad a year ago.

For the teams sake though, the off the field issues need to slow down. Now.

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One Response to “Hayes’ Arrest the Latest Black Eye for the Bucs”

  1. Chris Bach says:

    Playing devil’s advocate, some people – including myself – think there are different levels of off-the-field issues. Maybe they do compound, but I don’t think this one is a serious offense. I’ll take resisting arrest, fighting with a ref and getting in a bar fight over one incident of mistreating women or drunk driving.

    The only guy who’s been a clear-cut repeat offender at the pro level has been Jerramy Stevens, and they cut him immediately. I know Talib is on a short leash and I don’t know if he’s been charged in all instances.

    I actually prefer – while not knowing the specifics – the financial penalties that Morris has put on Mike Williams for being out past curfew and the one he put on Geno Hayes over the ridiculous ones placed on players by the NFL for hits. Those stupid fines discriminate against players making near the league minimum.

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