JPP Passenger ID’ed

May 9th, 2019

More details surface.

Well, at least we know who the passenger is (or wasn’t) in the one-car crash that may spell the end of Jason Pierre-Paul’s Bucs career.

Last week Bucs defensive end JPP had a one-car crash where his Ferrari allegedly hydroplaned and slammed into a center median on I-95 in South Florida.

Initially, JPP was treated at a hospital and released, however, it was later learned he may have a fractured neck and could require surgery. If that surgery is needed, JPP very well could have already played his last game with the Bucs. Greg Auman of The Athletic has been on top of this.

Joe had feared that the passenger, who previously was not identified, was the notorious Ronald Darby. Guess we can cross his name off the list.

Now the waiting begins to find out if JPP can find an witchdoctor orthopedist to tell him he doesn’t need surgery. Even then, do the Bucs want to be on the hook for a lineman with a bum neck if something untoward should happen?

39 Responses to “JPP Passenger ID’ed”

  1. BOOGIE Says:

    Why are we interested in who the passenger is again? this site is getting more lame by the day smh
    You haters are precious. People have been wondering, so Joe shared what The Athletic deemed worthy of investigating. Real lame, as you call it. Joe supposes sharing what the Bucs’ 4th-round pick talked about just before the JPP post — and Bill Polian’s reaction — in his first national interview was lame, too. Thank you for your patronage.–Joe

  2. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Waiting to hear more about who this James Thompson guy is…..

  3. Bird Says:


    That is probably the funniest thing you have ever written 😂
    Kudos to you. I needed that this morning
    Good work. Keep pumping out those articles , especially with down time coming. There is no down time. –Joe

  4. JA Says:

    Something “untoward” already did happen. JPP was in an accident and we MAY lose our best defensive player for an extended period of time.
    As Buc fans, the passenger’s name is irrelevant. As people, however, the 50% of us posters that were raised to feel empathy are glad he’s ok.
    As for the article, the only thing that caused me to raise a brow was Auman’s statement that the front (driver) airbag didn’t deploy. Makes one wonder if JPP’s phone isn’t ringing off the hook with ambulance chasing lawyers looking to sue Ferrari.

  5. Marques Says:

    Fractured neck and football don’t mix. He is done as a buc and most likely as an NFL player.

    No team is going to risk any liability with that kind of injury.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Although we don’t no if the deployed airbag on the passenger side was a front airbag…..they are designed to deploy when a vehicle hits a solid barrier at 8-14 MPH…, it is not necessary for a higher rate of speed to occur.

    Knowing the passenger and their credibility is important because they are a witness and there may be circumstances that are important issues with JPP & his contract or is negotiations with the team over pay.

  7. marineincocoa Says:

    what is the deal with his pay for 2019 this is not a good situation for the bucs. with no cap how do they find a way to get a player who could fill in and what a disaster our depth will be where do we go from here??

  8. SteveK Says:


    Keep up the great work. You dudes are the best at what you do.

    In your opinion, does the JPP injury also call to question not getting a pass rusher at 5: Allen/Oliver?

    This hurts. We finally get over the Simeon Rice hump and now it’s potentially over. Feels like Michael Bennet all over again albeit with different reasons.

  9. Todd Says:


    Who the passenger was has been of HUGE interest. Also, the health of the passenger. Everything oddly seemed hush-hush. Was it his wife? A fellow athlete? Family? Friend?

    So good on you, Joe. I give you lots of crap for being so negative most of the time…but will quickly come to your defense when you’re exercising excellent journalism.

    Boogie, pick it!

  10. Bobby M. Says:

    Here’s the classic Bucs luck….we let him go, he’ll be fine and continue to be very productive somewhere else…or….we keep him, the neck is an issue that keeps him from playing.

  11. Buc50 Says:

    Passengers are always important, just ask Teddy Pendergrass.

  12. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Ansah to Seahawks… We’re good tho… We’ll be fine… No worries… we’re good, we’re good… HA! Smh

  13. Larry Says:

    John Lynch left us for the same reason…a neck injury! He gave Denver at least 3 years of solid play.

  14. Pittsshore Says:

    In true JPP fashion: Let the fireworks begin

  15. ModHairKen Says:

    Joe, saw your response to Boogie. You’re getting a little too sensitive. Especially for a guy who constantly rags on ESPN and the Times.

    You sure have no problem dishing it out. And labeling a critic a “hater” is intellectually lazy and disingenuous.

    That said, identifying the passenger with no other information is as helpful as identifying the airbag manufacturer. Also, what is the difference if it happened at 5 am instead of 2 am?

    I am not a hater. Just want you to be the best you can.

  16. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Joe, any word on what year the car was, I mean if JPP career over seems he has a legit lawsuit against Ferrari if airbag did not deploy and its a new car. Passenger could be his best friend or perhaps JPP was moonlighting as an uber driver, he was near the airport

  17. GrayBalls Says:

    How many Ferraris have you seen with rear seating?

  18. Todd Says:


    “Moonlighting as an Uber driver…” 😂

    THAT was priceless wit.

    Thank you.

  19. Todd Says:

    Joe’s…WHY do my comments always require moderation?!

    Can you answer, please?

  20. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Something is off about this whole thing.

    Being out at 2am.
    His air bag does not deploy.
    He calls 911 like its no big deal.
    He says he’s “fine” to the 911 dispatch.
    FHP report said he was “apparently normal” at the time of the crash.

    Maybe he realized that playing another year in historically the worst defense known to mankind with the worst sports franchise, ran by the worster GM, and the worsterest owners since the invention of air, just isn’t worth it.

  21. Totally Exonerated Says:

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars and they can’t get the airbags right. Even cheap Kia can figure that out

  22. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    @Todd you know there is always life after football…….. I really thought it was drugs or alcohol involved but the FHP does not play around and give breaks to people no matter who they are and he sounded sober in 911 call. I guess once the report becomes public after the FHP has finished its investigation everything will be known and if its just bad luck and hydroplaned

  23. Eric y Says:

    Joe joe joe ….1. it’s pretty sad when a player has to get a second opinion from a second doctor …. the lack of trust players and front office has on the team physician…. 2. When you say now if JPP can find a orthopedic doctor who will tell JPP he does not need surgery … the man regardless is going to miss time most likely his career is done … let’s just hope that his health comes first…. even if a doctor said “JPP we can avoid surgery give you some injections or whatever the case may be” this dude needs to think long and hard about what kind of damage he is going to do to his spine playing football…. this is some serious crap here …. this guy needs to shut it down for good

  24. Pittsshore Says:

    @Todd: “moderation”. It’s gotta be your name. I have met quite a few Todd’s over the years and they all end up being “Richards” (D…)

  25. passthebuc Says:

    Welcome to
    As the world turns.

  26. pepsi Says:

    since you mentioned Darby… I honestly dont know if Ronald Darby is real bad news, or the most loyal friend possible. Yes his name is always there when Winston is involved in something negative, but at the same time.. yea hes always there having his friends back when hes in a bit of trouble. Should Jameis stay away from Darby, or should he consider Darby a true and super loyal friend.

  27. Andrew Says:

    Darby. Actually a really good kid. Know him personally. We were good friends at FSU. I love jameis, but stop using Darby as his scapegoat. Darby hasn’t had these off the field issues.

  28. 813bucboi Says:

    old a$$ Ferrari!!!!….lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  29. Mike30#1bucfan Says:

  30. Old School Athlete Says:

    I don’t know about Ferraris, but in most cars, the airbag is interlocked to the seat belt. If the seat belt is not buckled, the airbag will not deploy.

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    Front airbag didn’t deploy?

    I’d say JPP has a civil tort in the making…

  32. TOM Says:

    Since it looks like the season is already in the crapper, they should trade or release GM & JPP & spend the money on FA DL. Forget Ziggy he signed with Seattle, but there are still others. Also may want to consider releasing Gholston. More cap space. The way it looks now it doesn’t seem like the Bucs have enough to sign all the draft picks.

  33. Mike Johnson Says:

    BOOGIE..if you don’t like what Joe writes then..Don’t read it!
    Take up basket weaving instead. Good Job Joe!

  34. adam from ny Says:

    i did not know jpp hangs with jack thompson…the throwin’ samoin

  35. Wiscobucsfan Says:

    Joe, I hope the Glazers have some sort of restraining order on Ronald Darby. Barring him from within 500′ of team facilities or something. Lmao

  36. Joe Says:

    Joe, I hope the Glazers have some sort of restraining order on Ronald Darby.


  37. Bob Says:

    Now they write about passengers?
    Is this football?
    Joe what’s wrong with you ??
    No other beat writer does this
    This website is going down the drain

  38. Peter Says:

    Now they write about passengers?
    Is this football?
    Joe what’s wrong with you ??
    No other beat writer does this
    This website is going down the drain

  39. Joe Says:

    No other beat writer does this

    That would be inaccurate.