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Bucs' Tanard Jackson: 'I let my team down'



Safety Tanard Jackson manned up and faced the media after the Bucs' late-afternoon practice here at One Buc Place.

He said, among other things, that he addressed the full team and acknowledged that, "I let my team down. . . I let a lot of people down. The fans, I'd like to apologize to them for the decisions I made that got me in this situation."

Jackson didn't divulge the details of the offense or substance that led to his four-game suspension, but he indicated he was not caught off guard by the news. That means he had some idea he was out of compliance with the league's substance-abuse policy. He almost certainly was enrolled in the league's intervention program. In most cases, a suspension is not meted out until a second offense or a failure to follow the terms placed on a player after a first offense.

"I had to comply with some things and as a result of that, that's what led to my suspension," he said.

Whatever mistake he made, Jackson admits he needs to take steps to address his issues.

"I definitely have some off-the-field issues I have to address for myself and the well-being of this team," he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:38pm]


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