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Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister appeared on the MJ Morning Show on Q105 FM Wednesday morning to discuss the passing of former Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and shed some new light on his death. Sheriff Chronister said that after looking at autopsy reports, it has been determined that the 38-year old Jackson suffered from chronic alcoholism and health issues.

Chronister also revealed that the Jackson family shared with police that there were some concerns of CTE from Jackson’s history of concussions. You can listen to Chronister’s 1:31 interview snippet with the MJ Morning Show by clicking here.

Jackson was found deceased on Monday, February 15, at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida. According to reports Jackson checked into the motel on January 11 and had been staying there since that time. His family had reported him missing a day earlier and a missing persons report was filed. Once Jackson was located by police and believed to be okay the missing persons case was closed.

UPDATED: Despite Chronister making his statements in regards to Jackson’s autopsy report, Greg Auman of The Athletic has reported that the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office has provided an update claiming that there is no autopsy report available and that “it will likely be several months before the final report is complete,” as both the manner and cause of death are still being studied.

 

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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: sr@pewterreport.com
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ScottC543
7 months ago

Ain’t alcohol wonderful?

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
Reply to  ScottC543
7 months ago

Alcoholism is a problem that’s not really talked about – most Americans have a drug problem (alcohol is a drug). If you feel like you always have to have drink, you’re an alcoholic.

SappAttack
Reply to  ScottC543
7 months ago

I quit alcohol during quarantine because it was really getting out of control. I actually saw a doctor about it afterwards because the withdrawal was so bad. My nurse told me that she sees someone like me daily, that during covid weekend warriors have turned into alcoholics and that alcoholics pre covid are dying. In my personal life (my inner and outer circle) I’ve seen 5 deaths this last year due to suicide or OD. VJax make it 6 (although he’s not in any circle of mine). If you think you have a problem, and can’t ween yourself off alcohol… Read more »

ScottC543
Reply to  SappAttack
7 months ago

Alcoholism is rampant in my family. My grandfather and two uncles died because of alcohol. My sister is a recovering alcoholic, many years sober now. I have many cousins struggling with the disease. I consider myself lucky to have avoided it personally, but my life has been greatly affected nonetheless.

Recognizing the problem is the first step to controlling it. You’re on your way. Good luck to you, sir.

fl0nase
Reply to  SappAttack
6 months ago

Respect man… Glad you’re feeling great now. My drinking’s way down since the new year and I feel great too. Covid has had a toll in many ways.

Dy-nasty D
7 months ago

Terribly sad.
Prayers for his family.

twspin
7 months ago

Sad. But then again..Nobody goes thru this life unscathed. We all have our own little personal Ticks..or problems. Football players have pains and injuries they mask with alcohol and drugs after they retire. It is a cumulative health disaster sport. And Who are we to judge? These guys have had concussions galore which take their tolls. All I can say is Jackson presented himself well to the community and nation. Rest In peace Young man.

Spitfire
Reply to  twspin
7 months ago

Nobody should judge anything. Far too many people abuse alcohol. It’s invidious. I feel so bad that he was more than likely struggling so bad in his last days on earth. I hope he’s in a better place and finally free of the pain and that his family stays strong and remembers the good times…

Horse
7 months ago

I suspected this was going to be the issue, but didn’t want to put it out there until the facts were known about his pre-existing conditions. This is one arena at the NFL needs to work on as to what happens after you leave football. No different than what the military does, and still there are numerous issues with those who leave the services. Obviously football is a very violent sport and affects many players differently depending on how many hits they receive in their careers. I so wish the Jackson family the best; remember all the good things Vincent… Read more »

drdneast
7 months ago

When Chronister first spoke about Jackson’s death he sounded like he respected the man and his family.
But apparently Chronister is jealous of all the publicity that Grady Judd gets and feels like ne needs to book appearances on morning radio shows to blabber about the alleged cause of death when the family is still grieving and the body isn’t even cold in the grave.
Thanks for showing your true colors Chronister, you publicity seeking parasite.

ScottC543
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Seriously? The sheriff went on TV and talked about the possible causes of death??? SMH What’s wrong with that guy?

bucballer
7 months ago

Sad indeed! Jackson was a beast of a player for the Bucs! He played hard and was a true professional. His help in the community was admirable. A lot of times it’s hard for these guys when the crowds r gone and the cheering had stopped. My heart goes out to the Jackson family. Gone way too soon. RIP Mr. Jackson. A Buccaneer forever!

JayBuc52
7 months ago

The Sherriff is a prima donna who loves to see himself on Television. That is why he was so prominent on the Bucs Boat Parade. Why he took it upon himself to go on that rag of a show to talk about VJ and say the things he did is beyond disrespectful to VJ, his family and the Bucs family.

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