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Ex-Bucs players McCants, Ahanotu arrested

Two former Bucs players who have run into off-field trouble after their NFL careers have been arrested separately in the past 24 hours, with former first-round pick Keith McCants arrested in Pasco County on two misdemeanor charges and former defensive end Chidi Ahanotu jailed on a contempt of court charge related to a 1997 paternity suit.

McCants, 46, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, marking his fifth Tampa-area arrest in the last four years. He had two arrests on possession of cocaine charges in Pinellas County in 2010 and 2011, and has had other drug-related arrests in other states as well. McCants was the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft, but played only three seasons in Tampa Bay, playing sparingly in three more seasons around the NFL.

Ahanotu, 43, was jailed in Tampa on a contempt charge and is being held in jail on a "purge" bond of $7,570.50, meaning he must pay his outstanding debts relating to a 1997 paternity suit or face six months in county jail. Ahanotu has been involved in 35 different court cases in Hillsborough County alone, many relating to allegations of domestic violence. He played for the Bucs from 1993-00 and again in 2004 after playing for four other teams in a span of four seasons.

[Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 3:53pm]


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