Raheem Morris addressed team after Stevens' arrest
The Bucs have now lost two players for reasons related to marijuana use and/or possession after Jerramy Stevens' weekend arrest, which begs an important question: Are they doing anything about it?
While there's only so much the club can do to control and monitor the behavior of grown men, coach Raheem Morris indicated he made it a very important subject when addressing his team during the past couple of days.
"You address everything with your team," Morris said, without going into details about what was said. "Your team is always the first to know about it, and they were. We knew about it the night before the game. . . You have to make the right decisions for your football team and that’s what we did."
Morris wasn't about to delve into another angle of this story. The fact is Stevens was arrested for allegedly possessing a large amount of marijuana shortly before he was due to check into the team hotel near Tampa International Airport. Privately, the team has serious concerns about what, if anything, might have happened if Stevens had joined his teammates at the hotel with the 38 grams of marijauna.
But the Bucs aren't going there publicly.
"We gave our blanket statement from our organization and we’ll just stick to those details," Morris said.
Stevens, who was released earlier today, was in his fourth season with the club and was re-signed by Morris and general manager Mark Dominik shortly after they took over in 2009. His long tenure on the team, Morris said, made releasing him a difficult, if not obvious, decision.
"It’s always tough to see anybody on your team leave for whatever reason," Morris said. "But you always have to go out and do what’s best for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and our organization."