Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lawsuit deposition reveals Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum had racy, racist material on work computer

Tim Marcum is involved in a lawsuit with an ex-owner of the Storm.


Tim Marcum is involved in a lawsuit with an ex-owner of the Storm.

Tim Marcum, who has been dogged by controversy during his tenure as Tampa Bay Storm coach, now faces questions about pornography and racist material found on his work computer.

In a WTSP-Ch. 10 report Wednesday, Marcum, acknowledges the material — which liberally uses the N-word, includes references to Air Force One as "Watermelon One" and has pictures of women having inter­course — is his during December's deposition as part of a lawsuit against Robert Nucci, the Arena Football League team's former owner.

But Marcum, 67, who declined to comment Thursday, didn't find the material inappropriate as long as it was kept between him and those with whom he corresponded. He also denied he is a racist.

"None of this has anything to do with what I feel as a man," he said in a video clip of the deposition during the Ch. 10 report.

Marcum, the winningest coach in Arena League history, also acknowledged sending material to other Storm employees and exchanging some through e-mail with other sports personalities, including former Bucs quarterback Steve DeBerg.

"Was I being paid for viewing those things?" he said in response to a deposition question. "I don't think so."

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, which is owned by Jeff Vinik and recently added the Storm to its portfolio that includes the Lightning, said it is looking into the matter.

"We were disappointed to learn of the news report … referencing Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum," spokesman Bill Wickett said Thursday. "At this time, we will have no further comment, pending our own internal inquiry of the matter in question."

Nucci filed a lawsuit in June, alleging he was duped into buying a worthless franchise, and Marcum was named a defendant. Marcum separately sued Nucci, saying he had not been paid all of his 2009 salary and half of his $12,000 housing allowance.

Marcum has seen his share of controversy since joining the Storm in 1995, including:

• Being attacked by former player Ivan Caesar, who was upset he hadn't received an ArenaBowl ring after the 1996 season and tried to pry the ring off Marcum's finger during a practice in 1997.

• Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002 with a conviction resulting in a suspended license.

• Seeing the team kicked off a flight for "being severely intoxicated" in 2003.

• Turning himself in after being charged with insurance fraud. Judgment was withheld after he entered a guilty plea. He was given probation and ordered to pay court costs in 2004.

• Handing out ArenaBowl championship rings with fake diamonds to 12 players in 2004.

• Being suspended four games over two seasons for salary cap violations at the end of the 2005 and start of the 2006 seasons.

• Ignoring an arbitrator's ruling to pay former player Rasheid Simmons worker's compensation in 2005.

Storm signing: Former Armwood High and USF player Jarriett Buie signed. The defensive linemen most recently played for Florida of the UFL and Montreal of the CFL.

Times staff writer Damian Cristo­dero, news researcher Caryn Baird and correspondent Brandon Wright contributed to this report, which includes information from Times files.

Lawsuit deposition reveals Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum had racy, racist material on work computer 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Good to be bad? Dirk Koetter's call for bold, brash Bucs


    Is being a badass team all about swagger and toughness? "Our whole thing is about competing," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says. (Loren Elliott | Times)
  2. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  3. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  4. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.