The Buccaneers season continues to unravel on and off the field. On the field they’ve lost five straight games and stand at 4-11 heading to the season ending game with New Orleans. Off the field, they have dealt with QB Jameis Winston having a story break publicly in October of having allegedly inappropriately touched a female Arizona Uber driver a year and a half ago.
Now, the latest off the field issue involves a car crash mystery in South Tampa involving star free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s vehicle on Christmas Eve.
The NFL Network broke the story late Wednesday afternoon that Tampa police are still investigating the single vehicle accident on Tampa’s Westshore Blvd. near the prominent International Plaza Mall, involving a Chevy Silverado belonging to Jackson. That SUV being found abandoned Sunday night after it had crashed into a tree.
Tampa police are investigating a single-vehicle accident involving a car registered to DeSean Jackson, who told cops a friend was driving. His spokeswoman says the weed and bullets inside weren’t Jackson’s. Story: https://t.co/8cx2lDB7Vp
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 27, 2017
As the item indicates, TPD says in their report that Inside the Silverado, was a small amount of marijuana and two “hollow point” bullets. While the marijuana is not legal without a doctor permission, the ammunition is legal in Florida.
Jackson was called to the scene by authorities, and the report indicates that he initially, would not cooperate with investigators. However, he did eventually, tell them that he was not driving and that someone else had taken the vehicle without his knowledge and crashed it. He gave them the name of that person, but refused to help TPD locate the person.
As Garafolo reported, he got comment from Jackson’s representatives: “It was a friend of DeSean’s who borrowed his car while he was out of town,” Denise White, a representative for Jackson, said. “None of what was in the car was his obviously. He’s dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately. The incident is being handled.
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht released this brief statement Wednesday night: “We are aware of a one-car accident involving a vehicle registered to DeSean Jackson on the night of Dec. 24. Our understanding is that DeSean has been in contact with authorities and is cooperating with the investigation.”
Jackson was inactive for last Sunday’s game in Charlotte with the Panthers due to an ankle injury. He did return to practice in a limited role on Wednesday.
Tampa Police re-iterated Wednesday evening that their investigation remains “open,” as to the crash and the contents of the car, etc.
Just before 8:30 p.m. TPD tweeted this info in response to media requests for the actual police report of the Sunday night crash:
In response to after-hours media requests… pic.twitter.com/OUGF5ix8rO
— TampaPD (@TampaPD) December 28, 2017
Two points of clarification: Jackson did not travel with the team to Charlotte for the road game with Carolina, and the time on the report is after the Buccaneers charter arrived back in Tampa Sunday night. However, it’s not clear what time the accident occurred Sunday, only the time when the report was filed.
We suspect Tampa Police will have more to say about this on Thursday, as it is an “open investigation” and at least, one misdemeanor charge could be coming, if they can determine the driver.
Under Florida law, “leaving the scene of an accident with property damage only” is a second degree misdemeanor punishable up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
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