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Personal issues lead to Dez Briscoe's absence from Bucs' minicamp

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Yes, it’s voluntary. And, no, coaches cannot punish players for missing offseason workouts.

With that said, don’t think it’s gone unnoticed that Dezmon Briscoe, for the second consecutive day, did not attend the Bucs’ three-day minicamp.

Publicly, coach Greg Schiano did not rant and rave about Briscoe’s absence, though he did confirm the third-year player was not here.

“The deal is, this is voluntary,” Schiano said. “I had people check to make sure he was okay. I’m not going to call on the phone and say, ‘Where are you?’ It’s voluntary. Our football team’s here.

“There are issues sometimes. I understand that. I don’t spend a lot of time focusing on the guys who aren’t here. I have a whole football team that is here, so I’m spending every ounce of my energy to get them to do the best they can. If someone’s missing, it’s a shame, because it’s hurting the team. But there’s reasons sometimes. Other times, it just happens.”

Which brings us to the reasons Briscoe has been the only player under contract who has failed to attend the week’s workouts.

Internet rumor sites are having a field day with what can best be described as a Twitter war between Briscoe’s current girlfriend, reality TV star Royce Reed, and Briscoe’s ex-girlfriend, Christina Nero, the mother of his son.

Nero and Reed earlier this week engaged numerous back-and-forth posts, with Nero saying she and Briscoe have been involved in a relationship, unbeknownst to Reed. That began a series of colorful insults and accusations between the two.

Reed and Briscoe have been dating since 2011. She is one of the stars of the Vh-1 hit show Basketball Wives.

Briscoe led the Bucs in touchdowns in 2011, scoring six. He finished fifth on the team with 35 receptions.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:25pm]

    

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