Report: Johnthan Banks Is Infected With MRSA

October 11th, 2013

Sadly, Johnthan Banks is the third case of MRSA among Buccaneers players confirmed by the Buccaneers, NFL Network reported moments ago. Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik said he is not at liberty to confirm or deny the identity of the third player. 

The rookie cornerback, who had his first interception against Arizona, did not practice today and was not listed on the injury report.

A medical doctor specialist that spoke on behalf the Buccaneers this afternoon at One Buc Palace said the first two MRSA cases (Lawrence Tynes and Carl Nicks)were different strains. And he said details are not all in on the third case to compare.

Dominik said the third player infected came to the Bucs after early detection methods he used raised a red flag. Dominik praised the third player for his attentiveness to the Bucs’ ongoing education on MRSA, which led to the early detection. Dominik said the third case of MRSA was confirmed via bacterial culture last night.

The decision on whether Banks and Nicks potentially could play while infected with MRSA will not be made the Buccaneers organization. That will be a joint decision between the player’s association and dedicated medical specialists, among others, Dominik said.

80 Responses to “Report: Johnthan Banks Is Infected With MRSA”

  1. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    OMG!……If you haven’t prayed yet….its time!!!

  2. Patrick in VA Says:

    This is really just becoming a comical. Not our players’ becoming ill, obviously, but just the never ending stream of things from way out in left field that are bringing this team down. At this point, there’s really not much else to do but sit back, shake your head and laugh at what the season has become

  3. BirdDoggers Says:

    What a shame. I hope Banks has a speedy recovery.

  4. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    The whole damn organization is infected!

  5. NJBucsFan Says:

    Best wishes to every player infected

    This entire season is one massive stain on the Bucs history. I’m really hoping there is one massive silver lining to all this.

  6. lightningbuc Says:

    Seriously, this can’t all be a coincidence. I can’t believe more hasn’t been made of the fact that it is reported that the Head Trainer had MRSA 6 months or so ago already.

  7. the_buc_realist Says:

    the Bucs need a Voodoo doctor to lift the curse! and while the Voodoo doctor is in the building maybe they could get rid of the pop-star’s bad luck as well

  8. BirdDoggers Says:

    The on field performance has become less important than taking care of this MRSA problem. It doesn’t matter who gets infected, it’s dangerous. The previous sanitizing apparently didn’t get the job done

  9. Theodore Says:

    Wow – From what I’ve read, the Glazers have spared no expense getting rid of this. One Buc Funk is back.

  10. Big Rob Says:

    MRSA is serious stuff. It might be the next plague. It’s not like of hey let me go bleach everything. I believe they truly are doing everything they can. Anyone placing blame on the Bucs for this is just ignorant.

  11. Justin Says:

    As so it continues….the season from hell.

  12. jb Says:

    How would ANYONE want to play for this band of Sad Sacks? You’re literally taking your life into your hands, by signing to play with them!

  13. King diamond Says:

    Instead of Murphy’s Law it should be Buccaneer law.

  14. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    @ bUC Realist

    You sure are a “one trick pony”….leave it up to you to make this article about Dominick…..
    Did Dominick repel a pass you made at him?….

    By the way, I’m not one of the many who call you an idiot!!!

  15. Jeagan1999 Says:

    My wife is a medical professional and she is always telling me about how we should wear gloves when we work out at the gym, and wash our hands thoroughly when we get back from the grocery store. MRSA is no laughing matter! It sucks that the Bucs are having to deal with this now, but safety has to come first! This could happen at any team’s facility…just hate that it’s Tampa right now that’s dealing with it!

  16. King diamond Says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water….

  17. jb Says:

    Next we’re gonna hear fans @ Ray Jay have contracted MERSA!

    How pathetic has this team become? It wasn’t THIS bad when we had lost 26 in a row!

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    “It wasn’t THIS bad when we had lost 26 in a row!”

    Dramatic much?

  19. King diamond Says:

    I’ll get a priest he will exorcise the demons.

  20. SteveK Says:

    Rebuilding is a vicious cycle.

    2013 can still be something.

  21. PRBucFan Says:

    It should be called Buccaneer’s Law instead of Murphy’s Law though.

    It is just comical how everything that can go wrong does go wrong with our team.


    HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. jb Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    “It wasn’t THIS bad when we had lost 26 in a row!”

    Dramatic much?
    Hey PR, were you around when we were 0-26? I didn’t think so! I WAS, and yes while we were the nightly joke of Johnny Carson, we weren’t so pathetic we couldn’t keep our players safe from deadly bacterial infection!

    You go right ahead and keep telling us how this team is on the right track! You’re the real fool here, you’re just obviously to ignorant to know it, while telling the rest of us what Morons we are. lol

  23. Tampabaybuctfan Says:


    “How pathetic has this team become? It wasn’t THIS bad when we had lost 26 in a row!”

    NO….0-26 was much worse than 0-4….trust me, I was there….and if you were, you are blessed to have lost your memory of it.

  24. Biggun Says:

    MERSA had it once… seems to always come back for second round. I found out hard way… after some more research most people reinfect themselfs because they become a carrier… so I go to another doctor after second time and found out that the MERSA virus moves to the nose area to hide form the treatment. So my doctor gave me bacta-ban (not sure of the spelling) topical ointment. Doctor had me apply also in the nose area while on the treatment of the MERSA so it could not hybernate there until all antibotics were out of my system… That was 10 years ago I’ve not had an issue since and not a carrier we all pick our nose that’s how its mostly transmitted either to ourselfs or to others its a shame most doctors don’t know about the nose thing it would a lot less grief for anyone to contracts it.

  25. Nick2 Says:

    When the Lawrence Tynes story came out he had said that Todd Torrescelli our Trainer had it way before him. Sooooo…. if your a trainer and you have a deadly contagious infection do you not tell eveyrone and take a leave of absence???? No wonder all of these players are coming down with it they all have to go see the trainer!!! If you look at it the players getting this have all been injured (needing to see the trainer errr… “the reaper which is now what he should be called.” If its true shame on our trainer not to get out of the building until he was completely healed. Instead if its true he put a whole team of players at risk so he can continue to do his job. Great one, if its true get rid of him.

  26. bucrightoff Says:

    But when the Bucs went 0-26 that wasn’t a huge surprise. It might not have been fun to watch, but thats an expansion team for you. It happens to many expansion franchises who struggly mightly out of the box.

    With all the expectations most of us had coming into this year, its hard to think of a worse season in team history. The bad part is it can only get worse too. If they lose again Sunday things are almost certainly going to spiral out of control.

  27. PRBucFan Says:

    Would you like a tissue???

    Your an idiot plain and simple. Other’s not so much..


    You know nothing about me yet you want to tell me if I was a fan during 76, 77???

    And you wan’t to throw around the word ignorant? Ironic Much???

    I can tell you’ve been hanging out with Ms.Cleo a little too often 😉

  28. jb Says:

    Tampabaybuctfan Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 2:51 pm


    “How pathetic has this team become? It wasn’t THIS bad when we had lost 26 in a row!”

    NO….0-26 was much worse than 0-4….trust me, I was there….and if you were, you are blessed to have lost your memory of it.

    I hear what you’re saying, but yeas I was there, and I’ll have to say I wasn’t nearly as embarassed by the ’76/’77 Buccaneers as I am of the 2013 Buccaneers. Back then we were just a BAD, BAD team! Given the expansion rules of the time, it would’ve been hard not to be. Compare that with today’s team. Hell, many of us were expecting us to make the playoffs with this talent laden roster! But, for whatever reason, we’ve become as big of an embarrassment to this area as this team was back in year 1 & 2!

  29. King diamond Says:

    Unclean spirit the power of Christ compels you.

  30. PRBucFan Says:

    You can go along with the image the media is giving us and buy all the drama.

    In the end it’s the losses that weigh the most not some created image that’s been placed on us.

    Shit happens, if you think that they purposely wanted our players to get sick that’s on you. I am sure they have done everything they can to deal with the matter. In the end of the day SHIT STILL HAPPENS.

    Get over it.

  31. jb Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Would you like a tissue???

    Your an idiot plain and simple. Other’s not so much..


    You know nothing about me yet you want to tell me if I was a fan during 76, 77???


    Know NOTHING about you?
    Au Contraire, I know plenty about you! The simple fact that all you do is hang around Buccaneer boards trying to be their A#1 apologist, while mocking and insulting EVERYONE that doesn’t agree with you that Schiano is the BUCS savior,
    and that any move made by this team is pure gold.

    Homer numbnuts like you sicken me.

  32. PRBucFan Says:

    The funny thing is anyone reading the garbage you write knows that

    “Schiano is the BUCS savior”

    Has NEVER EVER even been implied by me.

    OH THE IRONY, ignorance is bliss 😉

    Again, you know nothing about me jb or whatever username you’ve decided to use in the past.

    Damn drama queen

  33. PRBucFan Says:

    The very fact that you think you can surmise who anyone is based some posts on a football blog says a lot ahahaha.

  34. jb Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The funny thing is anyone reading the garbage you write knows that

    “Schiano is the BUCS savior”

    Has NEVER EVER even been implied by me.

    Yet you climb all over anyone that says he needs to go with your insults and inuendo…….funny how that works. You just keep telling us that.

    We can add delusional to your list now. lmao

  35. PRBucFan Says:

    Oh and even more ironic is that you wanna call out people for spending time on these threads when you are doing the very same thing.


    Cry less.

  36. jb Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    The very fact that you think you can surmise who anyone is based some posts on a football blog says a lot ahahaha.
    I love how a Troll such as yourself ALWAYS does his/her absolute best to hide behind the anonymity that the internet provides.

    You just Proved who/what you’re REALLY all about.
    Thanks again

  37. PRBucFan Says:

    TBBF this guy is funny as hell.


    Bitter isn’t better buddy

    “telling us that”

    No, I’m telling you that, get it straight kido

  38. jb Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    TBBF this guy is funny as hell.


    Bitter isn’t better buddy

    “telling us that”
    That’s the best you can come up with? Keep trying CupCake!

    I KNOW EXACTLY what you are!

  39. PRBucFan Says:



    Cause I care so much what you think about me 🙁

    Oh my god, I think my world is going to end because jb or whatever username the poon decides to use doesn’t approve of me.


    Cryless buddy, you wanna say stupid shiite and whine and whine, your going to get called out on it. Simple as that. That’s the last bit of energy I’ll spend on you today though, unless you continue to whine like a little girl. Than I’m sure I’ll call you out some more.

  40. Patrick Says:

    This organization is a joke

  41. guns4roses Says:

    Who is Patient Zero?

  42. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    @ JB

    Time heals….it is about unmet expectations…and I will agree with you that you didn’t expect much from an expansion team…but I can remember things were so bad we got excited with a completed pass, good tackle, nice punt….things we take for granted today.
    You will have to admit losing 3 games by 6 points isn’t going to get you on Jay Leno’s monologue….

  43. D-Rome Says:

    Clearly this is Josh Freeman’s fault!

    What the Buccaneers organization needs to do is have this HAZMAT team go to every Bucs player’s residence and disinfect that place too.

  44. Drew Says:

    It sounds like what’s needed to put this to bed is to change the nose picking, booger flicking habits.

  45. Illuminati Says:

    @ guns4roses

    Who is Patient Zero?

    You mean, who is the DISBURSA of the MRSA?

  46. Amarti190711 Says:

    Good Luck Bucs players, wish y’all the best.

    Can’t y’all a**holes just support your team? I’m not a fan of the coach either but I still wish the team the best, and a deadly infection is nothing to be arguing over.

  47. PRBucFan Says:


    Who knew that not buying all the garbage being spewed about “the pasta nazi” and maintaining reservations about Schiano till the season plays out means we are claiming him our “Savior”?

    Lol bunch of hypocrites wanna sit there and continually attack a man and the moment they get called out they whine for getting attacked ahahahaha.

  48. Buc1987 Says:

    PRBucFan is far from a homer. Not even close. There are homers on this site though. I’m borderline homer sometimes myself.

    Bucs Fans = agitated, hostile….and downright cranky.

  49. PRBucFan Says:

    It’s ok 1987,

    It’s providing me with a nice laugh lol

  50. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    Comparing the Bucs of 1976-77 to today is like comparing Rutherford B. Hayes to Barrack Obama….both bad….can’t really compare…different times….different circumstances.

    I agree…there is no way I blindly follow the Glazers, Dominick, Schiano or Sully or that I think they are right with every move they make. (By the way….that is the order to which you can attach blame)
    I just choose not to viciously attack a sitting coach. I choose to root for their success….their success translates to Buc success!!

  51. PRBucFan Says:

    Exactly lol

  52. Eastsidebuc Says:

    Glazer boys (trust fund twins)should be embarrassed, if they are not they should sell the team. MRSA???? Again???? Sucks to be a Buc fan right now.

  53. Tampabaybuctfan Says:


    Gonna’ go catch a flick….take my mind off this for awhile….(hate bye weeks)….one week is long enough between gams.

    Hold downhe fort with the “negative nellies”….remind them that:

    Freeman is history, gone, departed, terminated, through, finished, vanished, elsewhere, SYONARA, ADIOS, AU-REVOIR, Auf WIEDERSHEN, CHEERIO, ADJO, ANTIO, DO SVIDANIYA, HASTA LA VISTA, BYE-BYE…. SO LONG
    Of course, Schiano would say CAIO!!!

  54. PRBucFan Says:


    Enjoy your movie

  55. Illuminati Says:

    Off-topic news, but Kellen Winslow suspended four games for PED violation, effective immediately.

  56. Chris Says:

    Annnd so much for the vilification of Schiano for dumping DJ Kelly Kell.

  57. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “PRBucFan is far from a homer. Not even close. There are homers on this site though.”

    Raises hand.

  58. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    At least the soldier will now have time to DJ now. Of course this was the Guy the Pop-star brought in and made the highest paid tightend to help mentor JFro-6pak and be his security blanket. LOL the pop-star is so amateur.

  59. Chris Says:

    And back on topic, being embarrassed more for a hard to kill microrganism infecting three players more than being embarrassed for the 0-26 , Neil O Donnahue swinging and missing, Gary Huff leading Yucks of 76, says something about the fan you are. I don’t know what it says, but it does say something.

  60. Bobby Says:

    What a bunch of babies posting on here! How can you be embarrassed because some players came down with MRSA?? That is absolutely laughable! Seriously, is your self esteem so pathetically low that a MRSA outbreak could cause you embarrassment? Do you want to stay indoors? Perhaps avoid all fans from the other 31 NFL teams?? That is truly juvenile. “Oh my god! I’m so embarrassed!! Some Bucs players came down with MRSA. Can you imagine that!! In an environment ripe for the spread of a staph infection it actually managed to spread! Let me go hide now….I’m so ashamed…”

  61. PRBucFan Says:



  62. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Bucs Law = Murphy was optimistic. Good grief.

  63. Andrew 1 Says:

    get well soon Tynes, Nicks, and Banks. that is all.

  64. Capt. Tim Says:

    JB- spot on
    You are right! Prbucfan and Bobby ARE Idiots!! Lol

    It’s a damn shame that our players keep contracting a very dangerous Infection. Mrsa could easily become the Black Plague of our era.

    There is nothing going right at OneBuc. It’s just a constant stream of embarrassment coming out of there.

    During the 26 game losing streak- we had horrible players, but a great coach! Each draft- you could see improvement. MacKay was in charge- and had us on the path to success!

    Now, we have great players- being handicapped by the worst coach in the league! It would be hard to lose with this collection of Talent- yet Schiano has managed it!

    This, after building a “playoff”Team

    And the endless stupid embarrassments

  65. Bobby Says:

    @Capt Tim…no surprise you’d find an ally in JB. Birds of a feather and all that…..I know you have to have some love for The_Buc_Realist. You two could be brothers. Sorry you feel embarrassment Timmy. Would you like us to leave the light on tonight??

  66. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Get well soon JBanks. We need you.

  67. RustyRhino Says:

    @capt.tim “During the 26 game losing streak- we had horrible players, but a great coach! Each draft- you could see improvement. MacKay was in charge- and had us on the path to success!” Wow I guess the 0-4 2013 haven’t shown you enough improvement for you to support another former college coach in his first seasons. That almost sounds hypocritical. Almost. ..

  68. Capt. Tim Says:

    Schiano isn’t a bad Coach, because he came from College.
    He’s a horrible coach, because he thinks he’s still in college! A tiny college. All of his rediculous lil annoying rules- appropriate for young boys- embarrassingly inappropriate for grown men.

    But even worse, is the horrible offensive system he insist on forcing on us.And then he lies about using it, and tried to blame it off on Sullivan.

    He runs the same stupid offense that he couldn’t win with at Rutgers. No TE, No Slot Reciever. Tried to run the ball repeatedly, then occasionally take a shot deep!

    This isn’t Rutgers. If you only have two pass options- they will shut them down in the NFL, and still have enough Defenders to put 7 in the box, and help shut down Martin! How can Glennon get a fair chance, with a clogged run game, and no pass options??
    And Glennon has no ” hot routes”, to throw to when he’s blitzed

    This is why Schiano sucks- and even thought theexperts know better- he still tries to claim its the giants offense.

    It aint

  69. PRBucFan Says:

    Your right Bobby lol, no surprise there with Timmy Ms.Cleo 2.0

    One poon poon finding comfort in another poon poon

  70. guns4roses Says:

    Illuminati Says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    @ guns4roses

    Who is Patient Zero?

    You mean, who is the DISBURSA of the MRSA?

    Could it be that K2 brought it with him from Cleveland?

  71. Buc1987 Says:

    I think Schiano will turn out to be a great NFL HC.

  72. Capt. Tim Says:

    Since I read your first post, I’ve been of the opinion that you are a 12 year old boy.
    Your panicky concerns over inconsequential issues. Your hero worship. Your immediate submission to authority.
    Lots of reasons.

    So I’ve always kind of avoided arguing with you, and taken it easy on you.

    But I’ve been posting here for a couple of years, and you are still posting like a twelve year old kid. ” birds of a feather” ?really?

    So what’s the Scoop? Are you Peter Pan? Are you 14?
    Or are you extremely ” maturity deficient”?

    At any right. You have never been right about anything on your post. Meybe more reading, and less posting, would help you out?

  73. Just A Juggalo Says:

    The problem at One Buc Place is that they are unable to deal with a very serious problem truthfully. It’s a lot worse then what they are saying. They have known about it since before camp even started. There are at least 2 more victims. Imagine when a Arizona Cardinal DL comes down with MRSA.

    It’s beginning to look like like a quarantine situation. The season may well be over for the Bucs. It didn’t have to be this way. 0-16 and they may lose the #1 overall (JCP) pick because of it.

    Compulsive liars are simply selfish, they are simply too selfish to share anything, including the truth. Don’t ever let compulsive liars into your own life, the heartbreak is too great.

  74. Capt. Tim Says:

    At this point, I don’t think any of the “gay for Glennon club”( as in “gleeful”, of course”) have any credibility left. It’s pretty obvious the the QB you’ve worshipped sucks. The Coach you’ve supported can’t win football games.

    Oh- and you dumbasses are clueless zombies, who have followed Schiano like a herd of brainless lemmings- right over the cliff.

    We should win this week. Even Schiano and Glennon shouldn’t be able to blow this one- we are 10 times more talented!!

    But this may be the only one. 1-11 is just a scratch on the surface. Schiano and Glennon will take this team to a level of lose and humiliation that this franchise has never experienced before.

    And that’s saying a lot. Every say some new embarrassment hits the press!

    Fire Schiano and Dom.

  75. Buc1987 Says:

    Keep Schiano for 2014!

  76. Buc1987 Says:

    12 more weeks Capt. Tim…TWELVE more weeks. 12 more weeks of Capt.Tim rants about Schiano to go. Have fun buddy. 😀

  77. Splengo Says:

    Oh, fergit about Schiano. The schedule is going to take care of him. Just sit back and enjoy the games. But I’ve got another burr under my saddle. Is anybody else besides me beginning to feel that between Nicks, Jackson, and Revis, we is bein’ robbed?

  78. Buc1987 Says:

    Splengo..well with Nicks I think you might be right. As far as VJax goes I’ve been wondering that myself the last month or so. Even in man to man Jackson can’t burn past defenders anymore. It seems he is always blanketed by defenders even in man to man. The jury is still out on Revis though.

  79. PRBucFan Says:

    It’s pretty clear your still crying pretty hard about little boi Free Free getting the boot 😉

    No one here is or was clamoring for Glennon buddy.

    It could have been ANY name on the back of that jersey and they would have been a better option than Freeman.

    Damn hypocrite trying to call others out for “worshipping” any QB when the only one still groveling at anyones feet is you at Freefalls.

  80. Paul Says:

    We should look into getting Tanard Jackson back since he won’t be affected by the MRSA.