According to a report from NorthEscambia.com, 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.
Escambia Co. (Ala.) Sheriff confirms Bucs’ Akeem Spence was arrested on misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 15, 2014
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.