Added by Tania Sullivan on September 25, 2010
Tanard Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defender, was found in violation of the National Football League’s substance policy. He was suspended on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 for at least a year.
Jackson is a defender, 25 years old, who has been playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four years now after being picked in 2007. He is the only safety in the history of Tampa Bay that has started each game in the first two seasons that he played. Jackson was first found in abuse of the substance policy in 2009 and was not allowed to play the first four games of the last season. Still he finished the 2009 season with five interceptions in twelve starts.
This season, Jackson started his first two games with 4 tackles in each and the Buccaneers were off to a 2-0 start. Unfortunately, 2010 was a repeat substance policy violation for Jackson. The league announced that Jackson is facing suspension for an indefinite period, and will be eligible for reinstatement only on September 22, 2011. However, the league did not divulge the details of Jackson’s substance abuse.
Mark Dominik, the general manager of Buccaneers, stated that Tanard is talented and that he hopes the player will take advantage of this time off to put his current situation behind him and return for both the fans and his team.