Buccaneers wide receiver David Boston likely will face a misdemeanor DUI charge after a urinalysis turned up a positive result for one of several illegal substances the Pinellas Park Police Department had tested it for since Boston’s arrest on Aug. 23.
Boston, 29, was arrested on the evening of Aug. 23 after police claimed they found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running while he was stopped at a red light at Pinellas Park intersection.
According to police reports, the Pinellas Park police on the scene had to wake Boston, who then informed the police that he was heading from Celebration in Orlando to the Tampa International Airport. The Bucs conducted training camp near Celebration, but it ended on Aug. 16.
A breathalyzer given to Boston revealed that there was no alcohol present in his system. However, the Pinellas County Police Department felt there was reasonable suspicion to arrest Boston after he was put through a field sobriety test.
Two days after his arrest, Boston played in Tampa Bay’s preseason contest against the Miami Dolphins and the Bucs issued the following statement:
"We have investigated the David Boston situation and feel that we have an understanding of the facts. At this time, we have seen no objective evidence to support the charges that were brought against him.''
When asked for his reaction to the news that Boston would likely face a DUI charge as he walked off of the practice field Thursday, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden stated he would not comment until he had all of the facts.
“I don’t have any comment,” Gruden said, “I don’t have any information on that. Once we get information we’ll move on accordingly. We’ll see for ourselves exactly what is going on with this case and we’ll react.”
Boston issued the following statement on Thursday night.
"All I am able to say at this time is that I have done nothing wrong; I was not impaired. I have assured, and will continue to assure, the Buccaneers that I have done nothing wrong. And, in the end when this matter is resolved the facts will show that I have done nothing wrong. I appreciate the Buccaneers organization believing in me and the fans for their support."
If Boston pleads guilty to – or is convicted off – the DUI charge, he could be released by the Buccaneers, who signed him to a one-year contract during the offseason.
A former first-round draft pick, Boston could also face suspension from the NFL. It would be his second suspension since entering the NFL after he was suspended four games during the 2004 season for testing positive for steroids.
Tampa Bay currently has five wide receivers – Boston, Michael Clayton, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard and Maurice Stovall – on its 53-man roster.
RAISE THE RED FLAG
Tampa Bay unveiled the newest feature at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday when they raised a 4,000 square foot Buccaneer flag, which is now the largest flying non-U.S. flag in the United States.
Bucs players and staff gathered on one of the football fields at the conclusion of Thursday’s practice to watch the 80-foot-by50-foot flag get raised on a pole that is nearly 150 feet high off the ground.
“It’s the biggest flag I’ve ever seen,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of the flag. “It goes with the facility. Everything that the Glazers do is going to be the best in the world. When it comes to facilities, when it comes to flags, it’s going to be first-class. That’s an awesome sight there.”
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT?
Tampa Bay has dedicated two practices (Wednesday and Thursday) to preparing for its first regular season opponent of the 2007 season – the Seattle Seahawks.
Although the Bucs will conduct one more practice at One Buccaneer Place on Friday before leaving for Seattle, head coach Jon Gruden has been pleased with what he’s seen from his team thus far.
“Yeah,” Gruden said when asked if he was pleased with his team’s practices this week. “Any time you start the regular season normally you’ve got seven or eight new players, maybe practice squad players or some veterans you acquire late, and you’ve got to get everybody on the same page and acclimated to how we practice. We don’t like to waste time here. It’s a very hot place to practice. I am pleased with the tempo and I’m pleased with the execution for the most part, as well.”
The Bucs kick off the 2007 regular season in Seattle at 4:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on winning the 2005 regular season opener in Minnesota and how it relates to Tampa Bay’s 2007 regular season opener in Seattle:
“That’s our goal. Our goal is to start fast. The win in Minnesota – I think they were highly-touted at the time and we started three rookies in that game on offense, did some good things as a football team and got a rousing victory. I think it was a big reason behind the big 4-0 start, I believe it was. We want to get momentum going. We did win our last road game. We do have a one-game winning streak on the road. Last year’s over. We weren’t a very good football team last year. We’ve got a lot of new characters, new faces, and we’ve got a new objective right now. That’s what we’re eager to get going on.”
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