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Former top-five pick in trouble again

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Well, it’s not just current members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are periodically finding trouble.  Former Bucs defensive end/linebacker Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft, was arrested Saturday on charges of felony possession of cocaine and resisting arrest, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Though bail was set at only $4,000 on the new charges, police found an outstanding Alabama warrant arising from McCants’ failure to appear in court on a controlled substances charge.

McCants spent only three years with the Bucs, and portions of three more with the Oilers and the Cardinals.  (The initial version of this item erroneously said that McCants played only three total years in the NFL.)  In yet another example of why the franchise was so bad for so many years, the Bucs picked McCants one spot before future Hall of Famer Junior Seau went to the Chargers.

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22 Responses to “Former top-five pick in trouble again”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 24, 2011 9:17 PM

    Anyone that doesn’t think top college talent gets paid; go back and look at this cat. He was almost certainly being paid for his time at Alabama. And I mean almost certainly. I’d think some Auburn fan would start digging…even now…

  2. Patriot42 says: Apr 24, 2011 9:22 PM

    Are we witnessing with the amount of episodes with players on how much cover up is going on during a regular season? These guys seemed to be uncontrollable.

  3. marinofreakout says: Apr 24, 2011 9:27 PM

    damn your really good at coming up with headlines that make readers click…dont hate the player hate the game…i guess.

  4. tommyf15 says: Apr 24, 2011 9:30 PM

    McCants spent only three years in the NFL. In yet another example of why the franchise was so bad for so many years, they picked McCants one spot before future Hall of Famer Junior Seau went to the Chargers.

    True, but McCants was un-flippin-believable at Alabama- one of the very best college players I’ve ever seen. Supposedly he was slowed by a knee injury and his inability to grasp the more complex NFL schemes.

  5. Kave Krew says: Apr 24, 2011 9:35 PM

    Bad boys
    Whatcha want, watcha want
    Whatcha gonna do
    When Sheriff John Brown come for you
    Tell me
    Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    Yeaheah

    Bad boys, bad boys
    Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
    When they come for you

  6. 52sackmachine says: Apr 24, 2011 9:35 PM

    The Buccaneers had to be high to pick this loser!!

  7. balzosteel says: Apr 24, 2011 9:49 PM

    Clearly Keith McCan’t stay out of trouble! *rimshot*

  8. timegambit says: Apr 24, 2011 10:05 PM

    I would hate to try and arrest an NFL linebacker/de who is using cocaine: fast, strong, mean with limitless energy.

    You better just toss your taser in the ditch and wait for backup.

  9. vikescry1 says: Apr 24, 2011 10:11 PM

    just goes to show you these guys are human too. get some help.

  10. mesbamafan says: Apr 24, 2011 10:19 PM

    What a shame. I hope that Keith can get his life together someday. Praying for him.

  11. Kave Krew says: Apr 24, 2011 10:21 PM

    Mike,

    I would like you to consider running this piece from the Boston Globe about Aaron Hernandez’s charity to assist and educate the hispanic kids…….it ran in the On Liners this morning, but it should be considered for a solo spot.

    I know it may lead to some bigoted comments, but it’ll be worth the bs if it helps a few kids out.

    Thks

    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2011/04/24/hernandez_wraps_mind_around_charity_project/

  12. elrickremy says: Apr 24, 2011 10:21 PM

    Fact Check: He spent 6 years in the NFL. Never did live up to his pre draft potential. After the draft, Junior Seau said he would only sign with the Chargers if they paid him $1 more than McCants because he knew he was a better player. Seau ended up playing what, 20 years?

  13. packattack1967 says: Apr 24, 2011 10:22 PM

    rookie cap

  14. huskersrock1 says: Apr 24, 2011 10:23 PM

    McCants spent only three years with Tampa Bay but he spent 6 years in the NFL.

  15. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 24, 2011 10:25 PM

    Come on….

    They picked Tony Mayberry in that draft.

    In fact, aside from a few notables, that was kind of a crappy draft altogether.

  16. freedomispopular says: Apr 24, 2011 11:21 PM

    Possessing cocaine?? I’m glad this menace to society is behind bars.

  17. whatswiththehate says: Apr 24, 2011 11:38 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Apr 24, 2011 9:17 PM
    Anyone that doesn’t think top college talent gets paid; go back and look at this cat. He was almost certainly being paid for his time at Alabama. And I mean almost certainly. I’d think some Auburn fan would start digging…even now…
    ———————————–
    I don’t get the impression those at Alabama give a darn what anyone say. They seem to live by a whole different set of rules than any of the other college football player.

    One wonders why the ESPN, Alabama’s media buddy went after Cam and Auburn so viciously without proof. Espcially just two months after Alabama’s Mr.Darius and a couple of other college kids got in trouble for his own NCAA violations and Mel Kiper and the other ESPN folks defended them. No such defense for Cam…I wonder why.

  18. rawsmoove says: Apr 24, 2011 11:49 PM

    Wow McCants was selected one spot ahead of Seau? Epic Fail…

  19. stairwayto7 says: Apr 25, 2011 12:13 AM

    Another SEC bust getting busted! He joins the ranks for Tony Robison, Jafarecus Russell as draft bust and police bust! I have a feeling Mark Ingram will be in this catagory within 4 years!

  20. philwauke says: Apr 25, 2011 12:58 AM

    Roll Tide!

  21. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Apr 25, 2011 5:41 AM

    timegambit says: Apr 24, 2011 10:05 PM

    You better just toss your taser in the ditch and wait for backup.

    ——————————

    Clearly, you have never been on the receiving end 300kV coming from a taser…It is not a fun experience!

    There are cases where people are on crystal meth that show the ability to resist but for nearly all people it is quite effective and painful. We did it in training on a low voltage 30kv and I shudder just remembering it!

  22. winstonhussein says: Apr 25, 2011 9:35 AM

    So, retired players need better health insurance and retirement benefits to buy more cocaine? I get it.

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