Former Pasco high school football star arrested again

Adrian Golden, 21, was charged with sale and possession of cocaine.
Adrian Golden, 21, was charged with sale and possession of cocaine.
Published April 10, 2014

HOLIDAY — A former record-setter on high school football fields across Pasco County was arrested Monday on charges of cocaine possession and sale.

Adrian "Bubba" Golden, 21, once held the Pasco County record for season yardage in 2008 playing as a running back for Gulf High School. That year he was also named North Suncoast Offensive Player of the Year. But after graduating in 2010, something changed.

Now, Golden has a handful of arrests in Pasco.

He has been arrested five times in the past year on seven charges including felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

Three of the charges were dropped, including the felony charges of false imprisonment and witness tampering. Adjudication was withheld in a misdemeanor petty theft case, and he was found guilty in three other misdemeanor cases — battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Most recently, he had taken up football at Webber International University in Babson Park, near Lake Wales. But he was dismissed from the team and the school on Jan. 24 for not disclosing information about his past criminal record.

On Monday morning, according to Pasco sheriff's reports, Golden was involved in a car wreck at the intersection of Basswood Road and Riddle Road in Holiday. A deputy ran his license and found a warrant on three counts of selling cocaine and three counts of possessing cocaine.

Golden was arrested. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $65,000 bail.

Information from the Ledger was used in this report. Alex Orlando can be reached at or (727) 869-6247.