A car registered to Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson was abandoned after it crashed Sunday evening at a Tampa, Florida, mall, according to police, who found bullets and marijuana in the vehicle. Through a representative, Jackson blamed a friend who he said had borrowed the vehicle, and he denied that anything discovered in it was his.
The two .38-caliber hollow-point bullets found in the 2016 Chevy Silverado, according to a police report (via NFL.com), are legal to possess in Florida, but the marijuana, said to weigh 6.3 grams, is not. Possession of 20 grams or less of pot is a misdemeanor in the state, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
No arrests have been made in the case, the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday, and Jackson came to the scene after being contacted by police. NFL.com reported that Jackson was uncooperative at first, and after providing police the name of the driver he declined to bring that person back to the scene.
“It was a friend of DeSean’s who borrowed his car while he was out of town,” Denise White, Jackson’s representative, said. “None of what was in the car was his, obviously. He’s dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately. The incident is being handled.”
“We are aware of a one-car accident involving a vehicle registered to DeSean Jackson on the night of Dec. 24,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Our understanding is that DeSean has been in contact with authorities and is cooperating with the investigation.”
The car is thought by police to have struck a tree after leaving the roadway. It was found at 8:28 p.m. on Christmas Eve at a mall near Tampa International Airport, after the Buccaneers had returned from a game at the Carolina Panthers.
Jackson reportedly did not accompany the Bucs to that game, as he was out with an ankle injury he had suffered the previous week. His status for this week’s season finale against the New Orleans Saints is uncertain.
A former member of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Jackson signed a three-year, $35 million contract, including $20 million in guaranteed money, with the Bucs in March. The 31-year-old speedster has had a somewhat disappointing season, averaging a career-low 13.4 yards on 50 catches, with three touchdowns.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jackson took to Instagram to share this message: “Whoever is trying to bring you down, is already below you.”
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