Former Buc, radio personality Ian Beckles arrested in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG — Former Bucs player Ian Beckles, who now co-hosts a morning sports talk radio show in the Tampa area, was arrested Thursday on a charge of disorderly intoxication after, police said, he ignored orders to follow traffic signals and leave police horses alone.
Beckles, 45, was arrested about 11 p.m. Thursday near Jannus Live. Police were directing traffic as a large crowd left the Citizen Cope concert and they spotted Beckles walking into traffic, according to an arrest report.
An officer who asked him to return to the sidewalk observed Beckles was "highly intoxicated, swaying and slurring his speech," the report says. The former Buc "had difficulty speaking in complete sentences and had the strong smell of alcohol on his breath."
When police told Beckles he could go, after "educating him" on the importance of pedestrian traffic signals, Beckles allegedly slapped an officer on the back and said, "Okay, tough guy."
He continued to heckle officers until he was asked to return to the sidewalk, police said.
Beckles then moved toward a mounted officer and was told to stay away, according to the report.
He moved away from that horse and toward another, police said.
Another officer began to yell, "Don't touch the horse! Don't touch the horse!"
Beckles touched the horse.
According to jail logs, Beckles was booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 12:41 a.m. He was released on $100 bail less than three hours later.
Beckles has a morning show with Ron Diaz on 620-AM WDAE The Sports Animal.
He spent nine years in the NFL as an offensive lineman from 1990-98, including the first seven with Tampa Bay, starting 105 games in all.
Beckles was not immediately available for comment