Bruce Allen's reaction
Bruce Allen spoke to reporters a few minutes ago about David Boston's release, and among the highlights of the conversation was Allen's revelation that Boston's days in Tampa are over.
"I think we've moved on," Allen said. Boston, remember, was released days before the season in 2006 but was brought back to compete this fall.
Allen said Boston maintains his innocence, even in light of a police-administered urine test that discovered high levels of the drug GHB in his system.
"That's a serious charge to make. We talked to David about that and obviously there are two sides to the story," Allen said. "David has said he is innocent and we'll let him defend himself on that. But we take that very seriously. I think the courts will determine his guilt or innocence."
As for Boston's injury, which was the impetus for his release, Allen said it was not an excuse for the team to rid itself of a problem.
"His injury is a legitimate injury or else he would have played in the game at Seattle," Allen said. "We feel we need a healthy receiver for this game and it's in the Bucs' best interest to go in this direction. We needed some help in the return game."