After being informed by the National Football League, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely by the commissioner’s office, without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Jackson’s suspension begins immediately. He is eligible for reinstatement beginning on September 22, 2011.
Jackson, 25, played collegiately at Syracuse University. He was a fourth-round pick of the Buccaneers in the 2007 NFL Draft. He has been the starter at free safety since his first game as a rookie.
Rather then write a being long rambling rant of this fanatics displeasure with Jackson. I think one of the Bay areas veteran sports reporters Gary Shelton, of the St. Petersburg Times and a former player, Steve White sum up just about everyone’s ire regarding Jackson’s inability to fulfill his promise after serving a four game suspension at the start of last season.
For the third time in his career, Jackson has been caught with drugs in his urine and rocks in his head. He has taken his bad habits and twisted them around his bad judgment, and he has taken his self-destructive nature and pointed it at his own huddle. Jackson will be gone for a year, but his teammates also have to pay part of the price.
Dammit, Tanard, what were you thinking?
Better question: Why weren’t you thinking?
And of course, White’s reaction to Jackson being suspended indefinitely.
I will never understand guys who pull this kind of sh*t. At least with performance enhancing drugs while you know its wrong and illegal you can kind of get that guys were looking for a physical edge so they could perform better. Maybe for a new contract or maybe to help the team win, either way that kind of cheating is centered around a guy trying to make himself better.
But by all outward appearances Jackson was popped for some form of recreational drug. And this would have to be at least his third time getting caught. I sincerely thought that after he lost four games last year to start off the season that he would have learned his lesson. Not only did he embarrass himself and his family, he also put his teammates in a helluva jam. For whatever reason I thought his pride wouldn’t allow him to make the same mistake again.
Boy was I wrong.
And while its obvious that he was popped for this infraction sometime ago and is just now being punished, the timing couldn’t be any worse. Right at the point where folks are starting to believe in the Bucs again he just ruined ALL of that.
These two gentlemen summed up just about what every fan is feeling right now, towards Jackson and his selfish behavior. That once again, put his teammates in a bind over his indulgence of banned substances.