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More sad details emerge in Arron Sears' battle with mental issues



It turns out there was a lot more to the story behind former Bucs guard Arron Sears' run-in with police on Saturday.

Sears was arrested Saturday on a warrant for battery on a law enforcement officer when officers found him wandering on Gunn Highway. On Monday, the details surrounding the battery incident came to light. They stem from a June episode at Tampa General Hospital, when Sears used force against a police officer in an effort to escape while there for psychological evaluation.

Tampa police said an officer was stationed there at the time because of a previous incident during which 10 people were needed to restrain Sears. In the subsequent incident, the officer had to use a Taser to subdue Sears, who was eventually returned to his hospital room.

Sears, a 2007 second-round pick and immediate starter for the Bucs, left the team in the summer of 2009 to deal with what the club said then was a personal matter. He returned briefly late last season when it appeared he had his issues under control after extensive efforts by the team and his agent to get him the necessary help.

But Sears was released in April when the team said he suffered an undisclosed setback.

He remains in custody.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:26am]


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