The details we do know about Trueblood's arrest is that his mother, a friend (also a correction officer) and himself were parked at a gas station asking for directions. Trueblood and his CO friend were intoxicated, but not driving. The officers asked for ID from all 3 people and Trueblood and his CO buddy became disruptive and uncooperative.
They were held overnight in the county jail and released on bond this morning. Their charges of public intoxication will not be filed. Essentially they were just thrown in the drunk tank to sober up.
Per Major Derek Towell of the Greenfield (IN) Police Department
"The gas station clerk called us and said two guys came into the store and were knocking stuff off the counters and almost knocked over a small lady with a child in her hand,''
So, from a legal standpoint, it's not a big deal. However, the question is now how will the organization handle this? If we learned anything from Aqib Talib's tussle with a cab driver we learned that they are going to be soft of 'bad-judgment' incidents. It was merely a result of putting yourself in a bad situation with little to no harm done and little to no legal trouble. Talib was alleged to be drunk in the back of a cab when he hit a driver on the back of the head. He received no suspension and all charges were dropped. While I'm sure Morris had some personal conversations with Talib (who has had various 'incidents'), we heard little if anything publicly about it.
I do want to make it clear that I'm not trying to make this into a bigger deal than it is. Being drunk in the passenger seat is fine. If anything, when I read this, I was relieved to hear that he wasn't driving.
Tanard Jackson was suspended for the league substance abuse policy, however, that was out of the organizations hands.
The easiest way to correct behavior is to address it early. Certainly the Bucs have not turned into the Cincinnati Bengals and just run amuck in South Florida, but there is starting to be a pattern of inappropriate conduct. When you build a team of young guys, it's bound to happen. Here are guys who have worked incredibly hard to get to a point where they are making millions of dollars and have opportunities they never even dreamed of. The last thing we want is for rookies like Williams, Benn, Price, etc thinking they can push the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
Many of you will probably disagree with me on this, but I would advocate suspending Trueblood for a game. I would have suspended Talib for the same last season after his altercation. I believe it is the best way to curb unwanted behavior as a whole. The young team has to understand that they are going to be held accountable for their actions that do not fit in line.
So what would you do? Suspend? Fine? Run? Slap him on the wrist? Nothing?