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GM Dominik on recent string of Bucs DUI arrests: 'I'm thankful no one has been hurt.'



Bucs general manager Mark Dominik called the recent string of DUI arrests within the organization 'disappointing,' pledged further education and said there are consequences for players and staff members involved in alcohol-related incidents.

On Wednesday, Jay Kaiser, the assistant to head coach Raheem Morris, became the third member of the coaching staff or front office to be arrested for DUI in the last eight months. 

Kaiser, who refused field sobriety and blood alcohol testing, was released from jail after posting $500 bail. Bucs pro scouting coordinator Shelton Quarles was arrested for DUI in March and former defensive line assistant coach Chris Mosley was arrested for DUI last September.

"I'm being honest here. I'm thankful no one has been hurt, because that's the scariest thing about that arrest or driving under the influence is what the ramifications could be outside of just that one person,'' Dominik said Thursday. "I'm going to make that very real to everybody within our organization. Hopefully, that continues to help, but it's not been through a lack of effort internally.

"There's no debate, it's disappointing, anytime I wake up the next morning and hear about somebody either within the organization or on the roster who has gotten themselves in a situation like that,'' Dominik said. "All I can say to our fans and to you all, we're trying to do everything we can to build up this football team to be the team that this town and this community is proud of. We're going to continue to work on educating even further our staff and our players on the dangers and perils.

"Like anything that we do, we handle things internally. We hold them responsible for it. Everything is judged individually. But at the same point, I don't want to go too far into what I do, but the meetings you think we don't have, we have. The conversations I'm having, we're having. To think it's just water under the bridge, it's not.''

Dominik would not disclose what sanctions the club has imposed against staff members or players arrested for DUI but suggested the discipline is under review.  

"They all pay consequences and everyone has been dealt with how I feel is accordingly fit whenever an action like this occurs and that will continue,'' Dominik said. "The other thing I can say is we're going to find ways, just like I challenge my scouts in terms of finding players, we'll continue to find ways to reach everyone in the organization.''


[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:43pm]


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