is reporting that Bucs WR Jaydon Mickens was arrested in his hometown of Los Angeles, California on Friday, March 5, when police found a concealed firearm in his car during a traffic stop. According to the arrest report, the infraction carries a felony charge for Mickens, 26, who emerged last season as the Bucs best kick/punt returner during their Super Bowl Championship season.

A four-year pro, Mickens caught seven passes on ten targets for 58 yards this past season, including a pivotal 5-catch, 36-yard performance against the Giants. Mickens biggest impact came on kick returns, where he averaged nearly 25 yards per return.

Mickens was released from Los Angeles Police Department custody after posting bail for $35,000. His next court date is slated for July 8, 2021 in Los Angeles. Mickens is under contract with the Bucs for the 2021 season with a base salary of $920,000.


The Bucs released the following statement regarding Mickens’ arrest:

“We are aware of the issue regarding Jaydon that occurred in Los Angeles last week. He reached out to let us know about the situation soon after it happened and we have been in contact with the league office to ensure they were aware. We will continue to monitor the situation but will have no further comment at this time.”

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4 months ago

daaaaaaaaaaaamn son, smfh and you were crying in the end zone after the NFC game saying you deserved this, well now you deserve this too

4 months ago

Amazing that when I saw the headline, I immediately assumed it was AB lol. Tough break for Mickens

4 months ago

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha going to do when they come for you.
When The Report to the Commissioner gets this, he’s not going to like it. When you get to the NFL, leave the gangsta life behind you. Just ask Arron Hernandez.
“Century Boulevard (We love it)
Victory Boulevard (We love it)
Santa Monica Boulevard (We love it)
Sixth Street (We love it, we love it)
We love L.A!” Randy Neumann.
Time to move.

Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

For Christ sakes, you’re going to compare this to Arron Hernandez. Believe Arron went to prison on a murder charge. Mickens get stopped on a traffic charge and probably had a gun in his glove compartment and all of the sudden he is a gangsta. Why don’t we wait for the details before we lock this guy up and throw away the key. You sound like a fricking left wing liberal that wants to revoke the 2nd amendment.

4 months ago


4 months ago

And we were all expecting Antonio Brown to be the first to get into trouble and wanted to give him a short leash.

4 months ago

He was the best returner, but league average at best. Move on.

4 months ago

Might be hard to just cut him when you signed AB. That might look inconsistent.

4 months ago

That’s not even against the law here. Granted he should have known California law but as a person that is not something that should knock him off this team. They guy was on NFL radio telling his story how he had no money on a practice squad and stayed at his buddy’s house until midnight then drove to the facility, slept in his car and then went into the building every morning at 5AM. The guy was homeless in the NFL trying to make it. He’s a great guy. Positive person. I hope he gets through this and stays on… Read more »

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4 months ago


4 months ago

I figured the Bucs were planning on upgrading his position anyway.

4 months ago

You have a constitutional right to have and possess a firearm, state law does not supercede the US Constitution. Now the difference being the type of magazine, ammunition, or where the firearm was being stored does matter, and whether or not said firearm was loaded and within immediate reach. Owning or possessing/carrying a firearm DOES NOT make you a thug or criminal and doesn’t mean you had any illegal intent in using that firearm. Being a veteran and an FL CCW holder with an EDC I keep on my person at almost all times doesn’t mean I have ill will… Read more »

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Reply to  MIArmysoldier
4 months ago

It’s a football fan site, be nice if everyone could check our politics at the door.

4 months ago

In all honesty I wouldn’t visit LA without a firearm. Just take the class Mickins, its a 1 day class.

4 months ago

I cite lyrics from “I Love LA,’ and you think I’m being serious? Give me a break. I was giving an example of why once players are in the NFL it’s time to from the gangsta lifestyle if they are involved in it. I have no way to know if Mickens is or not. Sorry you also missed the “Report to the Commissioner,” line, a movie crime drama from the 80s.

4 months ago

Good lord…..

Saints Fan
4 months ago

That’s a BS charge. DAs must drop the charge like they did on looters.

4 months ago

Sad to hear. I hope he can still play football in the NFL.

4 months ago

Well, we need a better returner anyway. He may have been the best option but he was still average at best.

4 months ago

Only in Commiefornia do these types of things happen. It wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t have a permit to carry a concealed weapon here in the state of Florida and didn’t really think about the differences in the laws. If I played in the NFL, I would also be packing all the time. Because sadly, this is the world we live in today.

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Mickens has had many chances and isn’t talented. Turn the page.
Bucs need to upgrade.

4 months ago

Price you pay for living in a state that doesn’t support 2nd Amendment. His fault he chose to live there though.