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January 15, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
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Spence Sacked With Speeding And Possession Charge

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Mark Cook

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With a new coaching staff and soon to be front office in place, the last thing any player needs to do is get off on the wrong foot. Unfortunately for Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence, that was the case Tuesday afternoon, when Spence was stopped in Flomaton, Ala for speeding and after a vehicle search police added a marijuana possession charge.

According to a report on northescambia.com, Spence was stopped by an Alabama State Trooper who clocked him in excess of 100 mph. A search of his vehicle by a law enforcement K-9 located an unspecified amount of marijuana in his vehicle.

Spence was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana second degree and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was released shortly after his arrest on a $3,000 bond.

Spence was a fourth-round selection in last April’s NFL Draft and started 14 of 16 games notching 29 tackles and one sack.

The Buccaneers have not issued a statement about the incident.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:37
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    Hopefully learns from the mistake. He's young and making one mistake doesn't concern me too much. However I Had no problem getting rid of Talib. What good is a player that is always missing games due to suspension? He also missed his fair share of games due to injury. Most likely because he was out partying and not taking care of his body? Who knows, but he was a complete moron thug and glad he's gone. Players don't have to be angels but this idiot was always in trouble! Also Blount was pathetic. Don't know how many times I watched him unable to gain a single yard when we needed it. Poor vision, and danced around not hitting the hole. Slow to accelerate to top gear too.
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    Hes only what 22 or 23 years old...hes just a kid and hes not the only young player out there smoking...im not supporting his habbit but i dont see the harm in it either...NH just legalized it and so did Colorado and Washington...and many other states have decriminalized it...but there is a time and a place for smoking the same way theres a time and place for drinking. The fact that he was going 100 in a 65 is concerning for sure. Like Pinkston said I dont care what hes doing on HIS time as long he comes to work and gives 100% to the Bucs. Hopefully he has learned the hard way which so many of us do.
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    @halifaxbucsfan - To be clear, if we agree on one thing it's that we both would rather win with high character players. The real question is whether you would rather lose with high character players or win with low character players. To each his own, but I would rather win with low character players. The Bucs have been losing with high character guys and losing of any kind is unacceptable to me. High character is only important to me in certain jobs/roles that require leadership: Pastors, politicians, CEO's, family members, etc. Entertainers on the other hand like professional athletes, musicians, comedians and actors I am not bothered to hear when they get in a bar fight or are caught with marijuana. High character does not translate to entertainment (as the Bucs have proven over the past 2 seasons) the way that high character translates to leadership job/roles which is why I hold them to different standards.
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    @pinkstob - Perhaps saying Blount couldn't grasp the playbook was a poor use of words, but in todays NFL a RB needs to be able to do three things. 1. Run the ball. As you said Blount had good averages in 2010/11. He did not take advantage of the opportunities he got when he was on the field in 2012. How many times last year, did we see him (250 lbs) bounce off the defensive line and fail to get a yard for a 1st down or TD? I know that once is not good, twice is bad, and Blount was down right awful. In a power scheme like we were running, those should have been no brainers. Holes were there. He could not hit them. 2. RB's need to be able to play in the short passing game. Again, this is an area were Blount did not excel. Lorig has better hands as a FB than Blount. 3. RB's need to be able to pick up the block. In his 3rd year in the league, and 2nd in that system, he should have been able to be reliable to block for the QB. He was terrible as a blocker. I want to see my Bucs win another Superbowl as bad as every other fan of the team, but this is where we differ. I would rather win with high character players(Buccaneer Men) on my team, than constantly feel the embarrassment of reading about the latest escapades and legal troubles of the players on that team.
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    @halifaxbucsfan - To be clear, if we agree on one thing it's that we both would rather win with high character players. The real question is whether you would rather lose with high character players or win with low character players. To each his own, but I would rather win with low character players. The Bucs have been losing with high character guys and losing of any kind is unacceptable to me. High character is only important to me in certain jobs/roles that require leadership: Pastors, politicians, CEO's, family members, etc. Entertainers on the other hand like professional athletes, musicians, comedians and actors I am not bothered to hear when they get in a bar fight or are caught with marijuana. High character does not translate to entertainment (as the Bucs have proven over the past 2 seasons) the way that high character translates to leadership job/roles which is why I hold them to different standards.
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    @halifaxbucsfan - The NFL is about winning the Super Bowl, not headaches. In the end nothing else matters. I've never heard or read that Blount couldn't grasp the playbook. He averaged 5.0 yards/carry in 2010 (like he did this year) and 4.2 yards/carry in 2011. It's exactly that perception versus reality nonsense that got the local fans behind the idea of getting rid of him. No, he wasn't better than Martin but they certainly could have shared carries. As for Talib, I don't care if he did 28+ other things so long as he gave us a better chance of winning. The 53 "Buccaneeer Men" who remained after Talib left got us a 7-9 record, then a 4-12 record. Talib and Blount are playing for the AFC championship! We have to be smarter as Bucs fans because what we think matters in terms of who the Glazers want on the team. That goes for the GM, HC and the players. Between our opinions and our presense at RJS, we all will be a deciding factor on if we ever get another Lombardi trophy!
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    @pinkstob - Perhaps saying Blount couldn't grasp the playbook was a poor use of words, but in todays NFL a RB needs to be able to do three things. 1. Run the ball. As you said Blount had good averages in 2010/11. He did not take advantage of the opportunities he got when he was on the field. How many times last year, did we see him (250 lbs) bounce off the defensive line and fail to get a yard for a 1st down or TD? I know that once is not good, twice is bad, and Blount was down right awful. In a power scheme like we were running, those should have been no brainers. Holes were there. He could not hit them. 2. RB's need to be able to play in the short passing game. Again, this is an area were Blount did not excel. Lorig has better hands as a FB than Blount. 3. RB's need to be able to pick up the block. In his 3rd year in the league, and 2nd in that system, he should have been able to be reliable to block for the QB. He was terrible as a blocker. I want to see my Bucs win another Superbowl as bad as every other fan of the team, but this is where we differ. I would rather win with high character players(Buccaneer Men) on my team, than constantly feel the embarrassment of reading about the latest escapades and legal troubles of the players on that team.
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    pinkstob; I agree about the speeding, and the weed is disappointing. The problem with Talib wasn't stuff like this, it was the 5+ other things that he did to cause the headaches for the franchise during his time here that got him sent packing. Blount tried running himself out of town, but only got about 1/2 yard per attempt. When he couldn't or wouldn't grasp the playbook, he was rightfully shown the door. He wasn't gonna beat Martin for the starting job, and given the performance of James and Rainey during their chances I think we are so much better off now at the RB position. Good for him that he's had some success in NE, but of Talib, Blount and Bennett - Bennett is the only one we should have kept around.
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    halifaxbucsfan +1
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    pinkstob; +1
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    I don't care about the weed (just got caught in the wrong part of the country with it), but the speeding does because it endangers everyone else on the road. It's certainly not enough of a crime where I think we should get rid of him. I'm still pissed the fans and Bucs brass ran Talib and Blount out of town over stuff like this.
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