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Former Bucs guard Sears arrested on warrant for battery of a law enforcement officer



Former Bucs guard Arron Sears, whose history of personal problems ended his NFL career last April, was arrested Saturday afternoon on an outstanding warrant for battery of a law enforcement officer.

Witnesses called police Saturday afternoon when Sears was spotted wandering in the middle of the road near 7950 Gunn Highway, said Deputy Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the Sheriff's office. 

Deputies said Sears was confused about where he was and seemed disoriented, McKinnon said. While checking his driver's license, they discovered he had an outstanding warrant. He was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer on June 5 by the Tampa Police Department.

Sears was booked into the Hillsborough County jail at 3:09 p.m., and has not been released. Bail has been set at $2,000. Jail records show he is being held under the Baker Act.

The arrest report listed Sears at 6-foot-5, 360-pounds, about 60-pounds heavier than his playing weight.

Sears, a second-round pick by the Bucs from Tennessee in 2007, was named to the All-Rookie team and started 31 games in his first two pro seasons. But he suffered an undisclosed psychological problem prior to the 2009 season and was eventually placed on the non-football related illness list.

Sears attempted a comeback toward the end of the 2009 season and was working out with the team. But he had another setback and was released in April.

Sears, who has spent some time over the past two years at his mother's home in Alabama, still lists an address in Odessa.


[Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:29pm]


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