Morris: Hayes will play Sunday
Bucs coach Raheem Morris said that LB Geno Hayes, arrested early Monday morning, will play Sunday against the Lions.
Hayes was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, according to jail records. Hayes, 23, was jailed shortly after the 2 a.m. arrest at the Blue Martini, 2223 N Westshore Blvd. in International Plaza. The alleged incident happened hours after the Bucs defeated the Redskins in Washington Sunday.
Though Tampa Bay was coming off a big victory, the first several questions in Monday's press conference were about Hayes. Morris said Hayes will be disciplined in house, and he will respect the process (NFL, legal), but says Hayes will "be here Sunday."
"You talk to your team about making good decisions all the time, you're frustrated with anything that diverts attention from your team," Morris said. "So obviously you're frustrated with that and diverting away from us being positive and 8-5."
This isn't the first arrest for the Bucs this season, with former TE Jerramy Stevens and WR Mike Williams also having brushes with the law. But Morris insists there isn't a problem with how he disciplines his team.
"Discipline in the building is as strict as it can be," Morris said. "You get fined for bing a second late to a meeting, a lot of money, and all those things. It's not about discipline inside the building, it's about having the awareness in how to deal with normal people, so to speak. They've got to realize they’re under the microscope at all times. And you've got to have the ability to walk away at all times. Any confrontation, any argument, you've got to realize you can't be right, and that's the bottom line and life that we’ve chosen."
- JOE SMITH