Bucs May Have Dodged Bullet

July 14th, 2012

Yesterday, when the Bucs learned that felony DUI charges were dropped on cornerback Eric Wright, the collective sigh of relief heard originating from within the walls of One Buc Palace could be heard in southern Illinois.

Because of Wright’s exoneration by Los Angeles authorities, the Bucs may have avoided a dire problem at cornerback, at ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas sort of hinted at in a recent NFC South chat.

Weaz (Bay City)

Is Talib looking at a suspension this season? If so, how many games would be your guess?

Pat Yasinskas

Haven’t heard much either way. Sounds like Talib and Bucs are planning on business as usual. But we’ll see if NFL does anything.

Had Wright been found guilty of a felony DUI, he too would have also had to face the long arm of the law known as NFL warden commissioner Roger Goodell.

There is still no word on whether Goodell will pursue a suspension on Talib, which would be a multiple-game suspension since he would be a repeat offender.

Now Joe doesn’t believe Talib should be suspended because charges were dropped; just like in Wright’s case. But Goodell doesn’t think like Joe.

Had Wright’s charges not been dropped, the Bucs could have been facing the very real possibility of starting the regular season with E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis as a starting cornerback tandem.

17 Responses to “Bucs May Have Dodged Bullet”

  1. Eric Says:

    I predicting a pro bowl for Talib.

  2. Bobby Says:

    I don’t think it would have been Lewis and Biggers. I think Anthony Gaitor would be on the field and I still think he will be in a lot this season. He definitely has game.

  3. Lion Says:

    It would be very Hitler-esque if Goodell were to suspend either player and it would be a disgrace to the US court systems. Both men had their charges dropped fairly in a court of law. If Talib were to be suspended I would think he would have a a solid case to sue the NFL.

  4. Jarret Says:

    I still wanna know how Wright managed to get out of ALL charges. Dont get me wrong, I love it, but how do you get in a car accident (be at fault), cause minor injury to the other driver, admit to the police you were drinking, and refuse a sobriety test..then get cleared of ALL charges lol. Kinda strange but as a die hard Bucs fan I’ll take it

  5. Lion Says:


    He got off because the police later did a chemical test on him after he was arrested and found no alcohol in his system. Plus, the other driver involved refused medical attention.

  6. Jarret Says:

    I’m wondering how the coaching staff will handle the secondary this season. If Barber gets off to a poor start at safety, will he be moved back as the third corner? He’s no longer a great tackler and the corner depth isnt impressive at all (although neither is safety).

    Everyone is so focused on the offense but if the defense isnt drastically improved, a great offense wont matter.

  7. Jarret Says:


    A chemical test? I hadn’t heard about that. So why didnt he just do the sobriety test at the time?

  8. Lion Says:

    I assume the chemical test was done by either urine or blood sample at the police station/jail. That is a good question, but refusing to take a sobriety test does not prove that the subject is guilty. Though, he may get his license suspended for refusing to submit to the field sobriety test.

  9. Jarret Says:

    No license is fine with me. Should keep him from following the popular NFL trend of gettings a DUI. Hopefully that incident in LA was just Eric getting the rest of his Detroit Lions influence out of him

  10. kh Says:

    Every lawyer you ever talk to will tell you to refuse a field sobriety test, even if you’ve only had one beer.

  11. So. Ill. Bucs Says:

    @bobby, I agree; only a matter of time until Gaitor makes a name for himself.

    If we can get Talib for a whole season for once (hoping the injury bug doesn’t bite), with a little discipline and some pass rush, he could have a monster of a year.

    @Joe, always nice to see some Southern Illinois love.

  12. Sambizle Says:

    Nice crack J “get that Lion outta him” hahhahahahhahaha….Deeetroit what a crappie place hahahhahahahaha

  13. Brad Says:

    I know when most players get in trouble we hear the normal canned comments released to the media apologizing for letting people down. Unless I missed something it would have been nice to hear either remorse or deny any wrong doing from Wright.

  14. Pat Yasinskas Says:

    there are many reasons for the innocent to deny a field sobriety test. 1. System malfuntion, ive seen one give false readings before. and its harder to prove your innocence or that it is malfunctioning.
    2. you believe the machines are tampered with, not everyone believes the cops are of the best intentions and completely clean.
    3. you have actually been drinking but you thought it was moderately, and a couple hours before you drove so you think your fine… but not sure.

  15. dan Says:

    hahah i put pat as a joke once and it saved on my computer my bad hahaha

  16. TrueBlue Says:

    I’m under the impression that a field sobriety test is ‘walk a strait line’, ‘fingers to the nose’ etc. The point of refusal is that such tests are subjective and ‘failure’ may not be due to alcohol or drug influence. Unfortunately, some police officers see what they want to see to make their case.

  17. Nate Says:

    I think our team will be amazing as long as we stay out of trouble and stay healthy.. The sky is the limit hey the 49ers did it!