Tampa Bay Bucs Tackle Akeem Spence Busted On Local Drug Charges

January 15, 2014

FIRST ON NORTHESCAMBIA.COM — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence of Navarre was arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges following a traffic stop in Flomaton, Ala.

According to reports, Spence was stopped by an Alabama State Trooper who clocked him in excess of 100 mph at 11:35 a.m. at the 2-mile marker of Highway 113. A search of his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu by a law enforcement K-9 located an unspecified amount of marijuana in his vehicle, according to authorities.

The 22-year old Spence was booked into the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana second degree and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was released shortly after his arrest on a $3,000 bond. He’s due in court on March 3.

“We have been informed of the situation involving Akeem Spence and are working with local authorities to get additional information,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in a statement.

“We will wait to get all the facts, but the initial reports are concerning and disappointing. I have spoken with Akeem and expressed my dissatisfaction with his involvement in this situation. As a member of the Buccaneers, he will be held to the high standards we have set for all members of this organization.”

Spence was picked by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year deal worth $2,644,424. He netted a $484,424 signing bonus. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, he played football on a scholarship for the University of Illinois for three years, forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.


21 Responses to “Tampa Bay Bucs Tackle Akeem Spence Busted On Local Drug Charges”

  1. Paul Alexander on January 17th, 2014 11:54 am

    appears NFL and college”SOUTH CAROLINA” DOESNT THINK GOING OVER 100 MPH doent amount for suspension or termination.guess we will have to wait for an accident likePaul Walker to wake them up.drugs should be the least worry in this case,unless he was dealing.I travel 113 alot, hate tto think,an idiot is doing 70 on this road

  2. Matt on January 16th, 2014 5:00 pm

    Idiot! Not only going 100 mph and risking others on the road, just throw in some drugs to boot. I see a short NFL career in this one.

  3. geo on January 16th, 2014 12:46 pm

    j wilder.

    Of course, the statistics don’t support your opinion. If you think for a minute that drug laws do anything besides fuel a multi billion dollar industry, you’re foolish. Drug laws don’t stop users, everyone knows that.

    States that have their act together, and soon enough the fed, recognize how marijuana is not the dangerous drug you were told it was a long time ago when you were a kid.

    And to answer your statement…I’ve attempted to pull the badly mangled, dead body of my best friend out of a vehicle who was killed at the hands of a person under the influence of THE MOST DANGEROUS DRUG…alcohol.

    People need to assume their own responsibility, that’s why alcohol is legal. Common knowledge at this point that marijuane should be legal.

  4. North end resident on January 16th, 2014 11:59 am

    In my opinion, football players are overpaid to begin with, no one NEEDS that much money. Apparently, he like many others has just gotten too big for his britches and had his priorities all wrong. Many lessons to be learned from his poor decisions for sure, just hope he man’s up and makes better ones and doesn’t go downhill from here. Time will tell!

  5. Resident of Escambia County, Alabama on January 15th, 2014 7:18 pm

    Another Sports Player caught with drugs and speeding . When will they ever learn ? ? Hope he misses his court date. They charged him with the highest offense. If it was speeding he would have had a speeding ticket.

  6. j wilder on January 15th, 2014 6:57 pm


    Yea it’s marijuana, would you be so quick to say that if he had hit and killed someone because he was rolling a blunt while speeding? That’s a good defence ” HEY JUDGE MY CLIENT WAS JUST ROLLING A BLUNT SORRY FOR SPEEDING”

    They write tickets in Alabama, not like Florida where they can take you to jail for doing 20 moh over speed limit.

  7. j wilder on January 15th, 2014 6:50 pm

    To geo,
    Alabama doesn’t have it backwards we arrest any and everyone that has drugs on them. That’s why you will never see Alabama fall to the marijuana laws that other states have. If you ever had to pull a child out of a car wreck where the other driver was under the influence of a narcotic or out of a home where the drugs are more important than the kids you might have a different mind. BUT then again you are the same people that believe marijuana is harmless what’s next crack, meth I know lets let everyone just sit around and get high and live off the goverment.

  8. Alan G. on January 15th, 2014 6:41 pm

    Why would you drive that fast with dope in the car?? Musta been some good dope….or Just a dope driving a fast car…..

  9. Rich Manry on January 15th, 2014 6:03 pm

    Too bad money can’t buy you brains. Not everyone has an opportunity to play professional football and it looks like he’s trying to throw his opportunity away.

    In the NFL, you’re competing with a guy(s) equally as good as you… If you make the cut – you make millions! When all is equal between you and the next guy, the coaches turn to the next variable, which is character. “Which young man here is going to stay clean and make the right decisions?” Akeem, unfortunately, you’ll get the ax.

  10. JS Martin II on January 15th, 2014 5:20 pm

    Good lord…it’s friggin marijuana….relax

  11. geo on January 15th, 2014 4:42 pm

    The crazy thing is, they arrested him for the marijuana, not the speeding.

    America, and especially Alabama, has it’s priorities backwards.

  12. TW on January 15th, 2014 3:54 pm

    @Billy D and No Excused, you guys are so right. I don’t have much sympathy because they know better. There are plenty of talent out there ready to take his spot and money.

  13. No Excused on January 15th, 2014 3:08 pm

    Talent does not always equal common sense.

  14. Uhh ohh on January 15th, 2014 3:03 pm

    Lovie ain’t got time for that!

  15. Billy D on January 15th, 2014 2:20 pm

    @TW, I bet he’ll listen when the NFL gets done with his contract. It’s going to get where the NFL will have to do a one-time and out thing with these kind of guys. Hope he learned something in college……..maybe he should have finished so he can get work after he gets the boot.

  16. TW on January 15th, 2014 9:22 am

    Wake up call…Let’s see if he listens!!!

  17. Mo Lubee on January 15th, 2014 9:16 am

    Pot bust? big deal. The bigger the bust. the bigger the boost. Not much boost here. Really, the speeding charge to me is a lot more serious.

  18. Gembeaux on January 15th, 2014 7:29 am

    Feelin’ untouchable and above it all.
    Hope this is a learning experience for this young man.

  19. David Huie Green on January 15th, 2014 6:18 am

    It was good of them to stop him ere he killed himself.
    (or someone else)

  20. cygie on January 15th, 2014 6:07 am

    Sad to see a role model make a poor choice like that.

  21. Mike on January 15th, 2014 5:08 am

    100 mph with drugs in the car, man these guys make it so easy for police.