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Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips arrested for domestic battery



UPDATE 3:40 p.m. Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips was released from Hillsborough County Jail on at 3:15 this afternoon, according to case records on the Hillsborough County Sherriff's Office's web site.

UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Here's the most updated version of this story from metro reporter Colleen Jenkins, complete with some detail about the alleged fight between Phillips and his wife.

POSTED 8:54 p.m.: Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail after deputies arrested for alleged domestic battery.

Phillips was arrested at 4:50 a.m. this morning at his home on Derbyshire Drive in Tampa and booked into the jail at 7:23 a.m. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website, Phillips remains in jail with no bond. According to an arrest affadavit, the victim is his wife, the former Adrianne Sherman.

Philips, 30, is specifically accused of domestic violence by strangulation, a third degree felony.

The 2009 season was brief for Phillips. In September, shortly after moving back to safety after experimenting as a linebacker, Phillips suffered a badly broken thumb and was placed on the injured reserve list. He is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

Drafted by the Bucs in the fifth round in 2002, Phillips has played each of his eight seasons in Tampa Bay, the past seven in the starting lineup. But Phillips' long history of injuries, including his latest one, probably make him a long shot to return to the Bucs for the 2010 season -- at least as a starter.

The Bucs only recently learned of the incident and have not yet offered any comment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:53pm]


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