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While Lions deal with sixth recent arrest, Bucs staying out of trouble

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You perhaps heard today's news that Lions cornerback Aaron Berry was arrested over the weekend for suspiscion of DUI, making him the sixth member of the team arrested this offseason.

That's a troubling statistic, but it's a scenario fans of the Buccaneers are familiar with. Tampa Bay saw eight members of its organization -- including front office personnel, assistant coaches and players -- arrested during an eight-month span from September 2010 to May 2011. Among the arrests were those of cornerback Aqib Talib (assault; charge dropped), personnel executive Shelton Quarles (DUI) and former linebacker Geno Hayes (disorderly conduct, trespassing).

It was a series of events that resulted in a great deal of criticism being directed at the Bucs -- understandably so.

But in light of what is unfolding in Detroit, it's prudent to point out that things have been quiet lately on the law-and-order front in Tampa Bay. Not to suggest that avoiding arrests is worthy of applause, but it is fair to point out that no players, coaches nor front-office members have been arrested since former defensive end Alex Magee's arrest for marijuana possession on May 9, 2011 -- 13 months ago.

That's a notable about-face given the previous string of arrests.

That said, this is the time of year bad things tend to happen to NFL players. There are no practices to attend, no coaches to answer to. Training camps don't start for another month, and offseason programs are now complete.

In any event, Bucs players should get some credit for staying out of trouble and learning from the many mistakes made by others in the organization.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 3:54pm]

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