Pittman, Gruden Issue Statements

June 2 - Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman, who was arrested in Phoenix and charged with six felony counts over the weekend, issued a statement Monday while he awaits word of whether or not formal charges will be filed. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden also issued a statement Monday. In other news, the Bucs announced Monday afternoon that they have signed a contract with Infinity Broadcasting, which means WQYK will spend a 13th consecutive season as the Bucs' flagship station.

Tampa Bay starting tailback Michael Pittman issued a statement Monday regarding a domestic violence incident over the weekend that landed him in a Phoenix jail and has him facing six felony counts.

Pittman, 27, was charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment on Saturday afternoon 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.

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.

"I would like to sincerely apologize for any embarrassment that has been placed on my family, my coaches and teammates, and our fans,'' Pittman said in a statement released by the team. "I realize these circumstances have placed some unnecessary and negative attention on the Buccaneers organization. I certainly look forward to being able to tell my side of the story."

While no one was hurt in the crash, the incident was deemed very serious by Phoenix police, especially since Pittman is already on probation for two other domestic violence incidents against his wife. Both of those incidents occurred in the summer of 2001.

Pittman was the the fourth Buccaneers player 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.

Both Pittman and the Bucs are awaiting a court decision in terms of whether or not formal charges will be issued against the fifth-year veteran. In the past, the Bucs organization has waited to pass judgement on its players for run-ins with the law until a decision has been handed down by the courts, and it appears as though the team will not change its philosophy regarding these types of situations.

"I have spoken with Michael Pittman and understand that this is certainly a serious matter," Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said in a statement. "But until the legal system runs its course, I cannot get into further specifics at this time."

Not only could Pittman face jail time if he's convicted of the charges against him, but as a repeat offender, the NFL could fine and/or suspend him.

In other news, the Buccaneers announced Monday afternoon that they have signed a contract with Infinity Broadcasting, which means the team will spend a 13th consecutive season with WQYK as its flagship station.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are very excited to extend our long-standing partnership with WQYK," said Buccaneers executive vice president Bryan Glazer.

All Buccaneers games will be simulcast on WQYK-FM 99.5 and SportsRadio 1010 AM. The contracts for the broadcast team -- Gene Deckerhoff, Scot Brantley and Ronnie Lane -- have also be renewed.


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