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May 9, 2011 @ 9:49 pm
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Bucs DE Magee Arrested On Drug Charge

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Bucs DE Alex Magee was arrested on Monday afternoon with drug charges. Magee was pulled over for an expired license tag and was arrested for marijuana possession.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Alex Magee was arrested on a drug charge on Monday afternoon according to Victoria Lin of Bay News 9. Magee was stopped by the arresting officer for driving a car with an expired license tag. The officer smelled marijuana and searched the 2009 Dodge Charger and found that Magee was in possession of marijuana.

The Bucs traded for Magee prior to the trading deadline last year. Magee was a backup for the remainder of the season. Last year Magee had 11 tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble for Tampa Bay. Magee was a third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Magee could have his roster spot impacted by his arrest. Magee was expected to compete with holdovers Michael Bennett, Kyle Moore, George Johnson, Doug Worthington, and others for roster spots. The Bucs selected defensive ends with their first two picks in the draft in Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers. The team plans on the two rookies becoming long-term starters early in their NFL careers. Bennett is the most likely to be the third defensive end on the depth chart or early starter if Bowers needs time due to a knee injury. That would leave one or two roster spots for Moore, Johnson, Worthington, Magee, and others to try and earn.

In the past two seasons the Bucs have released some backup players that have been arrested. That group includes tight end Jerramy Stevens, wide receiver Anthony Mix, and offensive linemen Marcus Johnson. This offseason Tampa Bay has had a few members of the organization get in legal trouble. The coordinator of pro scouting Shelton Quarles and the assistant to the head coach Jay Kaiser were arrested on DUI charges.

Cornerback Aqib Talib also was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in March of this year. Previously Talib had been arrested in August of 2009 for punching a cab driver. He has been involved in other fights with the Buccaneers and was suspended for the first game of the season last year. In the second half of the season linebacker Geno Hayes was arrested for an incident outside a night club. Both players are starters and neither was released.

The Bucs and the NFL have to wait to suspend or release any of their players until the lockout is over.
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    Well macabee you may be right, but my belief that if you are forced to go to court and either plead guilty or go to trial, then you were arrested. Lets agree to disagree.
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    What another disappointment!!!! Years of hard work to do what??? FLUSH!!! I mean really how long is the average NFL carrer 5 to 8 years, & these guys cant wait to do the STUPID crap after they finish there NFL carrer!!
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    Buctebow, my final comment. Any further comment misses the intent of my original post which was to put into perspective what has happened here. You have answered your own question. When the officer stopped Magee he had the option to perform a custodial arrest, but declined given the nature of the violation. Every person committing a traffic violation is technically arrested (stopped), but not taken into custody. Arrested, when taken as a generally accepted legal sense (term of art) means custodial arrest. When you get a traffic ticket, you don't go home and tell your wife you got arrested today.
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    Maybe its because Im european and more liberal about things, or maybe its because Ive been raised in Canada and pots practically legal here (although that may change with the conservatives winning the elections last week), but I really dont understand why weed is such a big deal in the States. Can somebody please try and explain this to me? As a habitual smoker myself I can say all it does is make you hungry, sleepy/lazy or motivated depending on breed and strain, easily laughable, and focused yet scattered/forgetful, so wheres the issue? As it relates to the NFL, its definitely not performance enhancing, and as someone mentioned further down, theres a reason the NBA doesnt test for it. Its like hockey and cocaine (yall may not get that, but trust me, up here in hockey land, those two go hand in hand, along with beer).
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    What's a legal term of art?
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    Hey macabee & jongruden........................A peace officer who has arrested a person for the commission of a misdemeanor committed in such peace officer's presence ... shall issue a citation to such arrested person to appear in court in lieu of the continued custody and the taking of the arrested person before a magistrate [unless:]. . . (1) The person arrested requires medical examination or medical care, or if such person is unable to care for such person's own safety; (2) There is a reasonable likelihood that the offense would continue or resume, or that persons or property would be endangered by the arrested person; (3) The person arrested cannot or will not offer satisfactory evidence of identification, including the providing of a field-administered fingerprint or thumbprint which a peace officer may require to be affixed to any citation; (4) The prosecution of the offense for which the person was arrested, or of another offense, would thereby be jeopardized; (5) A reasonable likelihood exists that the arrested person will fail to appear in court; (6) The person demands to be taken immediately before a magistrate or refuses to sign the citation; (7) The person arrested is so intoxicated that such person could be a danger to such person or to others; or (8) There are one (1) or more outstanding arrest warrants for the person. (emphasis added). Essentially, this statute provides that although a person who has committed a misdemeanor in an officer's presence may be placed under arrest, the person should be placed under custodial arrest and given a citation unless one of the eight exceptions is applicable.
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    Wrong, BucTebow. Arrest is a legal term of art that requires a booking and release either by bail or your own recognizance. He was cited, not arrested. If you care to visit other websites, you will see they are correcting their terminology.
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    well put macabee
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    Just because you aren't put in jail, doesn't mean you weren't arrested. Felony arrests have to be booked into jail, but not all misdemeanor arressts. "Magee, 24, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and driving with a tag that's been expired for more than six months. Because the amount of marijuana warranted only a misdemeanor charge, the officer issued Magee a citation and a court date and let him go." To book into jail or not, is up to the discretion of the officer based on certain parameters e.g. misdemeanor, plus not danger to himself or others, no violence, no resisting arrest etc. He fell within acceptable parameters for release on his own recognizance, so was let go along with a citation to appear, but was in fact initially arrested at the scene, then released from custody without booking.
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    So it is possible, but I'm just going by what is reported.
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    It is technically an arrest, along with a citation for release with promise to appear (in court). There is actually a court or jury trial involved if you plead not gulity and a sentence if you plead guilty. It's not just mailing in a fine like a seat belt violation.
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    macabee is correct, this was not an arrest. PR should correct their headline as it makes the situation look worse than it is. He was issued a ticket, that's all.
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    Well, Magee's timing couldn't be worse for this after we just spent our first two draft picks on DE's. What crosses my mind is I wonder how many players are starting to smoke weed or at least try it since it's one of the few times in their life they won't be tested for it anytime soon. What a shame.
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    So who will be arrested next...we could start a pool...winner gets tickets to the prison..errr....Bucs game.
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    This just adds to my belief that Freeman is the wrong choice for Bucs starting quarterback. We really need Burt Reynolds.................
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    I am surprised at the number of posters calling for Magee's head. I suggest being even-handed here. This is no Talib or Jeremy Stevens situation. This is a misdemeanor, where MaGee was given a citation and allowed to drive home. Not arrested, not a DUI, but I'm guessing having a joint in the car. PR chose Magee for their final 56 man roster. He has 2 sacks since joining the team and shows promise in stopping the run which this team sorely needs. This is the NFL, not sunday school. The NBA does not even test for marijuana - I wonder why? Have any of you listened to the background music on most of the highlight tapes for these players? Let's be real, most of these guys at one time or another have smoked weed, probably listen to Rap music which is their right, may own a gun - a constitutional right, and if tested is likely to have more testosterone than you or I - and for sure have more money. All I'm saying is put this in perspective.
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    I understand the frustration, but trying to cut every player in the league who has issues would be like trying to bail water with a thimble. You can't get it out fast enough to do any good because there's just too much still coming in. Plus there would hardly be any players left. In California this wouldn't even be a crime. I don't smoke myself, but I also don't see it as immoral and there's no need to get rid of him. How can it be "wrong" in one place and "okay" in another? Stupid laws and stupid people are the problem, not a plant that grows out of the ground. Just my take.
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    Out of all the lame duck DE's on this team I liked his upside the most, the way he crushed Brees in NO was awesome. A dumb mistake unfortunately I would say about 30% of the NFL players are doing this kind of stuff you just don't hear about it unless they are caught.
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    So many players from Pee Wee Football and on are told over and over that they are elite. Many of these guys do not have the common sense that we do. Until we stop treating our sports people as if they are heroes this will continue to go on. The NFL has an opportuity to make some changes here and not just about the money part. I am hoping that the drug testing is expanded to include many other categories. If I was the Players, I would seriously get back to the negotiation table because some of the players are going to continue to get in trouble and the tide will change back in favor of the owners. Most fans do not like to hear about players getting in trouble.
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    scubog, good one! LMAO This dude is gone. It begs the question on how many players in the NFL are going to get popped when football resumes. The NFL could make it mandatory that each player take a drug test prior to resuming play because there is no CBA protecting them.
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    What a joke. How can the Buc's get better when they can't keep the team out of jail....Just disgusting.
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    Music to Kyle Moore's ears..... Oh well, on a lighter note, this should free up a roster spot for Plaxico Burress who is due to get out of prison soon!
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    Wow wtf... Come on Magee, play Xbox or something instead...
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    Damn,I remember when seeing that #97 jersey used to make me happy...
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    There is a direct correlation between the lockout and the lockup. Don't single out the Bucs, I read ProFootballTalk like the rest of you, this is happening around the league. I'm not in any way justifying the behavior, but we are going to see more of this until these highly-competitive, easily bored, young men are in a structured, disciplined environment. As for getting rid of Alex Magee for this incident - unless there is some pattern of abuse or his play disqualifies him, he should be given every opportunity to redeem himself and move beyond this obvious act of immaturity and stupidity.
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    Come on Dom! Enough is enough! If you let one bad apple stick arround it will eventually spoil the whole batch. Cut the cancers out. Jackson, Talib, Magee out!!!!
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    Word is he borrowed the car from Chris Simms.
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    Add him to the House Cleaning list. His preference is to be a loser. Go get an undrafted rookie who will appreciate the opportunity. Go Bucs!!!!!
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    I just don't get the attraction that some have with Drugs. I guess it comes from being in law enforcement for 32+ yrs. You just can't fix stupid. Driving on an expired tag and smoking pot to boot. Kyle Moore was just assured another season with the Bucs after this arrest
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    Idol hands are the devils workshop. Can we start this season now before we have to play half of the season on the prison yard?
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    Well that all she wrote folks, With FA on the horizon. I say get rid of him, and pickup another veteran or pickup another Rookie FA. Thats his gig, Not Tampa Gig. I'm sorry, but I'm the fan of the game of sports, Iam not a favor of Drugs and additiciation to drugs and abuse to the family. Cut him loose period.
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    Bye bye Magee, you'll soon be an Ex-Buc.....
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    What the hell is wrong with these guys!!! I am starting to wonder if this is a reqiurement to be a young buc!
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