Although the Buccaneers are in their bye week, the team is still suffering losses and some embarrassment.
On Thursday morning, Isaiah Harris, the team’s director of player development, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI and is accused of rear-ending a vehicle in a Taco Bell drive-thru.
As a result of his arrest, Harris, 35, was fired by the Buccaneers.
“Every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is held to a high standard,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “This type of incident, particularly for someone whose primary responsibilities are to mentor and develop our players off the field, cannot be tolerated. Due to the nature of his position and the expectations placed on our staff, we made the organizational decision to part ways with Isaiah.”
Harris declined to have a blood sample taken by police to test for the level of alcohol consumption after being investigated by the Tampa police at 2:06 a.m. After being booked at 4:35 a.m., Harris was released at 11:06 a.m. on a $500 bond.
According to the police report there was “a distinct odor of an alchoholic beverage” from Harris, whose “speech was slurred.” A field sobriety test “displayed several clues of impairment,” as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
According to Buccaneers.com, Harris’ role with the team as director of player development “focuses on the personal and professional growth of football players through guidance and support.” Harris occupied the same position under Lovie Smith in Chicago with the Bears from 2008-13.
Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
Guess he thought the Bucs were on their Rye week.
For all the struggles this team has gone through this one bright spot. Great move.
He had to be let go because of his position. If not this, going to Taco Bell is a fireable offense!
It’s always Taco Bell. Hey, at least he wasn’t “naked and afraid” going through the drive through like our O-line coach. So much for leading by example.
Small typo, Scub. You meant D-Line coach Joe Cullen. Warhop’s got another whole set of problems – like coaching!
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