Hoping for a big year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins may not get the chance to fulfill that dream. He was arrested on charges of a DUI after being pulled over at 3:42 AM Friday morning. One of the favorite targets of Jameis Winston, Seferian-Jenkins has continued to find ways to be in the news despite not doing a lot on the field.
An arrest report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times stated that Seferian-Jenkins had glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was also described as “agitated,” slurring his speech and leaning on objects for balance. On-field sobriety tests were “performed poorly,” and Seferian-Jenkins also would not provide a breath sample to measure his blood-alcohol level.
FHP has released video of Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins being booked into Hillsborough Co. Jail after DUI arrest: https://t.co/5eDT7uMv4l pic.twitter.com/jKl1GCWx1L
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) September 23, 2016
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Seferian-Jenkins was driving at 75-80 mph in a 55 mph zone as he entered the highway. He made an improper lane change, cutting off a trooper and was “weaving back and forth.”
This isn’t his first time getting into trouble with enforcement, as he plead guilty to a DUI charge in 2013 while playing for the University of Washington.
JUST IN: Mugshot of Tampa Bay Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: pic.twitter.com/F9RNFFAesm
— Diedra Rodriguez (@deerodriguez) September 23, 2016
Seferian-Jenkins’ name has continually been in the news for for the wrong reasons. He was booted from practice this summer by Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter due to a lack of effort, then lashed out on Twitter trying to save face. This is another situation where a player seemingly has everything, yet continues to throw it all away over multiple bad decisions.
As the Buccaneers try to improve this year, they may be doing it without Seferian-Jenkins, leaving the team with very little depth at tight end. Endangering someone’s life is well outside the scope of sports and should be taken seriously. Playing professional football should be in the very back of his mind as he deals with this issue.