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Jerramy Stevens responds

Bucs tight end Jerramy Stevens faced questions today for the first time since re-joining the Bucs on Friday, saying much of what has been alleged against him in terms of the 2000 rape investigation is false.

He also is well aware of the firestorm that has resulted from his signing and isn't totally shocked by it.

"I don't feel it's a good use of my time to focus on (the reaction)," he said. "So, I'm doing everything I can to try and go forward. It's not surprising to me."

Regarding the rape allegations detailed in January's revealing Seattle Times story, Stevens said, "I didn't read the story and I don't have any reaction to it. I've dealt with that. That's something in my past and that's where I'm going to keep it. I'm not going to backtrack eight or nine years to talk about things I've already moved past. I don't know what the point of that article was, but it's not something that I've been concerning myself with."

Stevens later added, "This is all in my past. None of this is new. A lot of if is false. It's not a new issue. The issue has been addressed. When I got drafted, all of that was addressed then. This isn't anything new to me. I don't know what caused this to get dug up, but it's all things that I've moved past."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:03pm]


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