Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence (97) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Akeem Spence Arrested For Drug Charges, Speeding

According to a report from, a local news site for Southern Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rookie Akeem Spence has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Spence was reportedly speeding over 100 mph when he was pulled over, and a K9 located marijuana in his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with two separate crimes relating to the possession of the illegal substance, and was released on bail shortly thereafter.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the story this morning via Twitter.

This is incredibly disappointing, as Spence had a decent rookie season and showed flashes of being a very good football player. Off-the-field distractions and issues are the quickest way to derail a seemingly promising career, not to mention the danger Spence put himself in by driving so quickly.

New Buccaneers’ coach Lovie Smith now must make a decision on how to deal with Spence in this situation, as the team moves on from the Greg Schiano era which saw almost any player with a criminal offense traded or released.

Both of Spence’s crimes are misdemeanors, and carry possible one-year prison sentences along with fines. The team has yet to comment on the arrest.

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  • Underdog_Lefty

    This article doesn’t say whether he was driving on a highway or a rural country road, but regardless, I’m more concerned about the danger he put others in than the danger he put himself in “driving so quickly” as you softly describe. He was most likely going 25-30+ mph over the speed limit (at a minimum) depending on road type, that’s a little more than “driving so quickly”, it’s excessive and reckless speeding endangering the lives of others. Any vehicle SPEEDING over 100 mph would only take 0.5 seconds to split another vehicle in half likely killing all of the innocent passengers inside. Sounds like a lethal weapon to me. And no, I’m not being harsh because someone wants to drive quickly, It only takes having someone you know killed by this kind of careless driver to get it.

    As long as blatant offenders of traffic laws are not dealt with swiftly and harshly to drive the point home, and 30+mph over the speed limit would certainly be considered blatant, the deaths of innocent people will continue to occur. Regardless of whether the offender is a famous athlete, mechanic or even a sports writer, just wagging a finger at them saying “tisk-tisk, don’t do it again” is asinine. Yet Spence only gets two charges related to possession of the illegal substance and then is set free on bail without any charges related to the excessive speeding? Hell, he might just as well fire bullets in to the air over a crowd and hope that none hit anyone on the way down, either scenario is using a lethal weapon knowingly, carelessly, and with willful disregard for the safety of others.

    Nope, I’m not concerned at all about the danger he put himself in.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    I’m far more concerned with the potential danger he put himself and others in with his driving.

    Other than now being exposed to that side of the criminal justice system, I’m not particularly concerned about the marijuana charges at all. At this point, it’s becoming a matter of geography whether or not possession is a crime. Unfortunately for Spence, he was caught in state where it’s still illegal.

    Even from a Bucs’ standpoint, I’m not all that concerned, other than knowing that he may face some kind of suspension from the league which will cost us his valuable presence for however long that might be. Hopefully Coach Smith and Co. can help Spence develop into a better decision-maker so that he doesn’t put lives at risk on the road.

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