RB Pittman Arrested, Charged With 6 Felony Counts

June 1 - Tampa Bay starting tailback Michael Pittman was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday afternoon and charged with six felony counts. Pittman was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of reckless endangerment after he allegedly rammed his Hummer into a vehicle being driven by his wife, Melissa. Pittman, who is already on probation for two previous domestic violence incidents, is the fourth Bucs player to be arrested since last October.

Tampa Bay starting tailback Michael Pittman was arrested Saturday afternoon after he was allegedly involved in a domestic violence incident in Phoenix, Arizona.

Pittman, 27, was charged with six felony counts -- three of aggravated assault and three of reckless endangerment -- after he allegedly rammed his Hummer into a Mercedes driven by his wife, Melissa. The couple's two-year-old son Mycah, and his babysitter were passengers inside Melissa's vehicle. No one was hurt in the crash.

According to several published reports, the incident occurred shortly after the couple was involved in an argument over Pittman's wish to have Mycah accompany him for spring workouts at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa.

Pittman is the the fourth Buccaneers player to be arrested since last October. Bucs guard Cosey Coleman was arrested in October, and both cornerback Dwight Smith and tackle Kenyatta Walker were arrested for off-the-field incidents this offseason.

Saturday's incident was not Pittman's first brush with the law. The fifth-year veteran running back is already on probation for two other domestic violence incidents against his wife. Both of those incidents occurred in the summer of 2001.

The Bucs organization had no immediate comment on Pittman's latest arrest, but in the past, the team has opted to await a court decision before deciding whether or not to discipline a player(s) for a run-in(s) with the law.

Pittman played the first four years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before joining Tampa Bay as a free agent last offseason. Pittman signed a five-year, 8.75 million deal, which included a $1.75 million signing bonus. He rushed for 718 yards on 214 carries and hauled in 59 passes for 477 yards and scored one touchdown last season. Pittman also rushed for 124 yards on 29 carries during Tampa Bay's 48-21 win over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.


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