Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’

DID TAMPA BAY QB FIX GAMES IN COLLEGE?

August 7, 2008

BRUCE GRADKOWSKI

A former University of Toledo basketball player was arrested today and charged with point shaving. The arrest comes a little more than a year after a former Toledo football player, running back Scooter McDougle, was accused of taking money and cars from a Michigan gambler to fix college football and basketball games.

During the time that the point shaving scandal was going on, Bruce Gradkowski was the school’s starting quarterback. He was also seen hanging around Gary Manni, the guy accused of masterminding the point shaving scam. The Toledo Blade says the FBI has often floated Gradkowski’s name as a possible conspirator.

Gradkowski played the last two seasons with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He received extensive playing time in 2006. Despite Tampa Bay stocking up with a pile of quarterbacks, Gradkowski was not re-signed by the Bucs. However, he is in camp with the St. Louis Rams.

ESPN.com ran a brilliant article about the Toledo scandal last August. That story brought Gradkowski’s name into the mix. Since then, several other media outlets have picked up on Gradkowski (an NFL quarterback) and his possible role in fixing games. Before the scandal, Tampa Bay coach John Gruden was a vigorous defender of Gradkowski despite his mediocre pro results. Now, not so much.

 

One other interesting aspect of the Toledo gambling case is the role that Las Vegas gambling entities played in bringing the scandal to light. Kenny White of Las Vegas Sports consultants alerted Nevada state officials about questionable bets surrounding Toledo games. MGM Mirage actually took most Toledo games off the board in 2005 and restricted betting on the team.

The NFL fears Las Vegas.  This is just another example of Vegas being the good guy. They’re actually a policing force on gambling. Vegas is the cops not the criminals.

 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WANT $7 MILLION BACK FROM JAKE PLUMMER

June 4, 2008

FORMER QB TURNED HIPPIE JAKE PLUMMER

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are attempting to recover $7 million in bonus money from retired NFL quarterback Jake Plummer. This despite the fact that the Bucs never payed the bonus or ever wrote a check to Plummer.

According to the Buccaneers fan website pewterreport.com, Tampa Bay is “trying to make him pay for not playing for the Bucs.”

An arbitration hearing over Plummer’s bonus money is scheduled to take place later this month. The Bucs maintain they have the right to recover the money even though it was paid by the Denver Broncos. They say they acquired that right when they obtained Plummer’s current contract.


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