Tampa Bay Player Released Due to DUI Charges

Yet another NFL athlete is in hot water over DUI charges. This time, the charges led to the player’s release from their team.

Last Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed the release of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The release came after Seferian-Jenkins was arrested earlier in the day on DUI charges.

The same day, Seferian-Jenkins sent a Tweet that read “Thank you TB! Next chapter.”

Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht said: “We are very disappointed by today’s news. After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time.”

Seferian-Jenkins was pulled over by a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper just after 4 a.m. on Friday, September 23.

Authorities reported that the football player had been stopped after he entered southbound I-275 near SR-60. Reportedly, he was traveling at speeds of 75-80 miles per hour where the speed limit is 55 m.p.h.

A trooper named Tabarie Sullivan said that Seferian-Jenkins made an improper lane change, which cut him off. He then weaved back and forth between lanes.

Seferian-Jenkins was charged with misdemeanor DUI and was booked into Hillsborough County Jail. He refused a breathalyzer test at the jail.

If the current DUI charges were not enough, Seferian-Jenkins is also in trouble due to violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction. The restriction was put into place while Seferian-Jenkins was at the University of Washington and he was convicted of DUI. The first DUI occurred in 2013.

Seferian-Jenkins was a 2nd Round Draft Pick for the Buccaneers in 2014.

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