Former NFL player Donald Reche Caldwell arrested for third time this year

Jefferson High grad Donald Reche Caldwell played for three teams in the NFL.
Jefferson High grad Donald Reche Caldwell played for three teams in the NFL.
Published Aug. 5, 2014

TAMPA — Former professional football player Donald Reche Caldwell was arrested Sunday on charges of marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, records show — his third arrest in less than a year.

Tampa police stopped Caldwell, who was driving a Jeep Wrangler, about 6 p.m. after he ran a stop sign at Cypress Street and N Fremont Avenue, according to an arrest report. Officers checked his license and found it had been suspended due to Caldwell's failure to pay a traffic ticket, the report stated.

As officers were arresting him, they found a substance in Caldwell's pants pocket, which a test showed was marijuana, the report stated. He told the officers he was unaware of it.

"I would have eaten it had I known it was there," he said, according to the report.

He was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail and released Monday on $2,500 bail.

Caldwell, 35, a former standout wide receiver at the University of Florida and Jefferson High School in Tampa, was arrested twice earlier this year.

In January, he was among a group of eight men accused of organizing an illegal gambling operation. Charges of bookmaking and running a gambling house remain pending in court.

In May, he was arrested again on a charge of possession of the drug ecstasy. That case is also pending.

Caldwell spent six seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. He is the older brother of Andre Caldwell, a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.