Bucs Undrafted Rookie Was Shot

July 2nd, 2016
Offensive line coach George Warhop endures a family member and a Bucs offensive lineman getting shot.

Offensive line coach George Warhop endures a family member and a Bucs offensive lineman getting shot.

UPDATED 9:04 p.m. – A sad and wacky story went down in the wee hours of Thursday morning, per a fresh newspaper report out of California.

Buccaneers undrafted rookie guard Dominique Robertson spent about 36 hours in a hospital about one hour east of Los Angeles after being shot outside an apartment building after 3 a.m. Thursday, per The Press Enterprise. Upon Robertson’s hospital discharge police hauled him in for questioning, per the report, and his lawyer is outraged.

Attorney Zulu Ali, who says he represents Robertson, said his client was taken in for questioning without legal representation and that he feels his client’s Sixth Amendment rights are being violated.

Neither Ross nor Ali said they know why deputies have detained Robertson or whether there’s a connection to the shooting.

“We just basically know that he was obviously a victim of a shooting and they came and they took him directly out of the hospital,” Ali said.

The report did not have details of Robertson’s injuries, as of Joe’s typing here.

Robertson is the nephew of Buccaneers offensive line coach George Warhop. Joe has know clue whether that will make a difference in Tampa Bay’s investigation of what happened, though Joe suspects it will be a factor.

Earlier this year, Warhop was adamant that he would not be giving Robertson any special treatment.

Joe wishes Robertson well. The West Georgia star measured 6-5, 324 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Here’s his Combine breakdown from NFL.com.

UPDATE: Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman Twittered a quote from Robertson’s attorney that claims his client was shot in the leg and was a “bystander” at the shooting.

Later, per Auman, Robertson was shot in the back, buttocks and leg.

41 Responses to “Bucs Undrafted Rookie Was Shot”

  1. Espo Says:

    Bystander for what? Something he shouldn’t be involved in? I hate to jump to conclusions but actual bystanders rarely get shot. Getting hit by a random stray is different.

  2. cash Says:

    ^ you hate to jump to conclusions but you proceed to do so pretty quickly

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Nothing good happens at 3AM….was Talib there?

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Obviously we have no idea what happened – so jumping to negative conclusions is definitely unfair.

    This I will say though – NOTHING good happens at 3 am if you are outside your home.

  5. pick6 Says:

    what cash said. it’s never been easier or more common to come across a person with a gun in this country, and as we know the bar to obtain one is awfully low. it doesn’t take much to follow that thread to it being easier to be an unintended victim of gunfire. being in the wrong place at the wrong time is a very real possibility. although an NFL player has plenty of say in what part of town & time of night he is out, it doesn’t mean he is complicit in whatever caused the shooting or that he “had it coming”. maybe he was an instigator or catalyst. maybe he wasn’t. i see no value in making assumptions ahead of the facts when so many things are plausible

  6. Mort Says:

    He doesn’t seem to be taking care of his body… Get your sleep. 3 AM? GO TO BED!

  7. Michael Johnson Says:

    I had a career criminal (who is now serving 12 yrs) tell me, When you are going to bed at night, I am just waking up going out to..do my thing.( and knowing him, a close HS friend..his thing was..Thug-gar-ry) If you out partying or hangin out at 3 am, all sorts of crazy stuff happens..Just sayin.

  8. Dooshlarue Says:

    I don’t see color, however, I don’t understand why these shootings keep happening to law abiding Caucasian players.
    It’s truly a mystery. …..

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Meanwhile Jameis is early to bed, early to rise, helping the kids and preparing to take over the NFC South. Sorry Hop but your boy jacks discipline and needs to try again next year. 3am, LA, you have to be tough to be dumb. The Bucs don’t have time for this crap anymore.

  10. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Agree BigMac..shame that this kid can just blow away his NFL chance…plain dumb behaviour.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Hard for me to criticize someone for staying out until 3am, knowing I’ve been out that late many times in my life (yet never really got into trouble, except I often had trouble walking). Not everyone who is out late gets into trouble, although I grant you your chances of trouble certainly increase. I think I’ll just reserve judgement until the facts come out.

  12. PanthersSuck! Says:

    Hope he heals quickly.
    We each have the choice to create our own luck. Doing whatever he was doing out at 3 am is not how we find good luck.

  13. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Since he was shot twice, either he was the target or he was slow getting out of the way. Either way, I don’t want him. Poor choices and injured, he’s of no use to the Bucs. Give someone more deserving the opportunity he pissed away.

  14. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Zulu Ali, I love his attorney name.

  15. gotbbucs Says:

    These ass hats have an opportunity to make good money playing football in the NFL and don’t know enough to keep themselves out of situations like these.

  16. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    You people REALLY need to shut up and wait for the full story to come out.

    “Robertson told deputies he was shot while outside an apartment building in the 25000 block of Park Avenue, according to the release. Deputies found no evidence or crime scene at that location. Neighboring residents told them they had not heard gunshots.”

    He had been visiting friends, staying over at various friends houses, and the shooting apparently occurred outside one of their apartments.

    He WASN’T running the streets or going to bars, if this is true. Stop assuming the worse.

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Regardless, he will not make the final roster now, since training camp starts in two weeks. But they might put him on injured reserve as a favor.

  18. McBuc Says:

    Wow, it was not a work night for him, and it is not even the season. All this crapshoot 3:00 am is nuts. Ban things happenn 24-7. I was out to 3:00 am last weekend, and I saw no trouble. You want to send this kid packing because he was shot after 3 am. I guess it it was noon it would be fine. Stupid.

  19. gotbbucs Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    I spent plenty of nights piss drunk at 3am in my early 20’s too, but I didn’t have the opportunity to live out my life’s dream at the same time.
    He made his bed, doesn’t mean the Bucs organization has to sleep in it.

    Unrestricted FA, cut bait and bring in the next guy actually working his ass off for the same opportunity.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Also, the reports have not said he was “arrested”. He probably was rushed to the hospital when he was shot, and they just need a statement.

    I’m assuming…but better to assume the best than the worst until we know more.

  21. Espo Says:

    Most of us have been out past 3. That’s not the issue here.

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not judging anyone here …but here are the fact we know…..got shot at 3am…..those two facts aren’t that good….but a least it doesn’t appear he did any shooting…..yet.

    I’ve been out past 3am but not lately (last 40 years)…….have never been shot…..but probably should have been…

  23. Rrsrq Says:

    What is this guy 21 years old, outside an apartment, surely he was up to no good, Bucs fan kill me, he could’ve just been outside trying to get with a young lady or even walking her to her car or walking to his car (don’t act like you ain’t been there). Let it play out instead of jumping to bad news, bad decision, ijs

  24. Owlykat Says:

    The Bucs need to stop taking any players recommended by Warhop and let Licht take the players he recommends. Warhop has worse judgment on players to select than Lovie did.

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Are we sure it was a girl?…..these days you can’t really be sure….

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo is out at 3am all the time…..and Pablo has been shot at many times…..but, Pablo is a very, very nice man and is a responsible American citizen. Pablo hopes Dominique heals quickly, makes the team, beats out Sweezy and makes the Pro Bowl”

  27. James Walker Says:

    That is LAPD for you.

  28. LakeLandBuc Says:

    He was one hour East of LA.

  29. BigMacAttack Says:

    I just don’t care. Don’t care where, what or why. Cream floats to the top and idiots tend to weed themselves out. This has no effect on the Bucs season and the players that really want to make this team a winner. But random shootings don’t just happen in nice areas for no reason. May have been his buddies playing with a gun and no training. Who knows and I don’t care. He’s done for now and I don’t care. Time to focus on the guys out there doing the right thing. Maybe he should have tagged along with Jameis, Helping kids, visiting hospitals, putting on a good image. If he was in bed at 3am he wouldn’t have been shot.

  30. Caradoc Says:

    Not going to assume that he is anything other than an innocent victim at this point. Though these things stand out:
    “Robertson told deputies he was shot while outside an apartment building in the 25000 block of Park Avenue, according to the release. Deputies found no evidence or crime scene at that location. Neighboring residents told them they had not heard gunshots.”


    “Ali said Saturday he was confused why Robertson was detained in Riverside County for an incident that occurred in San Bernardino County.”

    Sounds like they suspect that he was involved in something at a different location and leaving and reporting from somewhere else.

  31. 1sparkybuc Says:

    He claimed he was shot outside of an apartment building,yet no one in the complex heard any gunfire. This is not the type of individual this team needs around. I hope the Bucs move on to a player more deserving.

  32. BucTrooper Says:

    Ironically on the day Jerry Brown passed 4 anti gun laws making CA the 2nd least gun friendly state.

  33. SB with Jameis Says:

    Judgements without all the facts can be amazaballs.
    Prejudice without same facts can be incredible.
    Quick to anger but slow to understand can be dooming.

    It’s the offseason so now we have something to focus on but lets wait a few 40 winks before we become experts maybe?

  34. SB with Jameis Says:

    @ Michael Johnson……….That may be the truest comment I have ever seen by you.

  35. DallasBuc Says:

    Wish the young man well and hope justice is served correctly.

  36. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I heard Talib’s mom was the shooter. Word on the street is she thought he was a cabbie and she didn’t want to pay the fare. After she shot him she smashed him in the head with a football helmet.

  37. AmericanRebel Says:

    Is saw a comment about how easy it is to get a Gun.

    First you have to have a background check, (FBI, which has a file on every single person alive that is in this country) if anything comes up where you have done something wrong NO Gun for You.

    Most Gun owners have a carry license. Which has a background check also.

    It’s easy to get a gun if you have No Criminal history,No history of violence, or mental illness or on a FBI watch list.

    Even if you pass all those a Gun store owner can still say No Gun For You.

    I Hope the young Buc is fine and can get back to OneBuc.

  38. Mike Johson Says:

    Nothing good ever happens at 3am. Except…The munchies!

  39. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Facts as revealed so far:

    Dominique Robertson has been visiting various friends before training camp starts, staying at their homes for a day or two, then moving on to see another friend.

    The shooting, as claimed by Dominique Robertson, happened outside his friend’s apartment at around 3 am.

    According to his attorney, Dominique Robertson was shot in the back, buttocks and leg.

    After being released from the hospital, Dominique Robertson was taken in for questioning…I would guess because he was a witness who had to get medical treatment.

    Judging by the wounds, Dominique Robertson’s back was to the shooter…not really the way it would be if he was engaging in violence himself.

    Consider this…and I am only considering possibilities…his friend or a neighbor gets in a confrontation. Dominique Robertson steps in front of him to hold him back. Other party draw a gun and starts shooting, striking Dominique Robertson in the back, butt and leg.

    In this instance, Dominique Robertson would be considered more of a hero…saving the life of someone and trying to calm things down.

    I’m not saying this is the case…I’m just saying anything is possible…and we should not rush to judgment.

  40. 1sparkybuc Says:

    If his uncle wasn’t a coach for the Bucs, would he even be on any NFL roster?

  41. Buccfan37 Says:

    The laws banning gun ownership should be changed. If you have committed a violent crime or used a gun or even had one in your possession during a crime, yes banned from owning a firearm. However if you committed a nonviolent crime without a gun on you, after a period of time with a clear record, say ten years, your rights to self defence should return your right to be armed. Common sense I would think, though not in the present day gun grab hysteria.