Greg Schiano won't let Super Bowl MVP go to practices anymore, calls him a distraction
By Andy Nesbitt, FOXSports.com Dexter Jackson spent six years with the Buccaneers and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII when the Bucs beat the Raiders. So you think Greg Schaino and Co. would enjoy having the former safety around the team facilities, right? Wrong. Jackson, who has tried to stay close with the franchise since retiring in 2008 and has often attended practices, said during a radio interview on Sunday that Schiano recently had him kicked out of a practice session. According to CBS Tampa:
“Schiano sent his guy over to run me out of practice one day,” Dexter Jackson said. “This guy said, ‘Who are you? What are you doing here? You can’t be here.’ I said, ‘go get the Glazers if you want me to leave.’ He (Schiano) tried to run me out.”
Wait, it gets better. Or worse. Jackson often rewarded kids (4th and 5th graders) who did well in local schools by bringing them to the Bucs' facility. Did Schiano like that? Nope. He thought it was a distraction.
“I usually bring kids to One Buc Place, 4th and 5th graders in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County doing my case management work with a lot of youth in this area,” Jackson said on 98.7 The Fan. “They told me to stop bringing kids on Friday because I’m distracting professional players.” “I’m distracting professional players by bringing kids who have succeeded in school, did well, stayed out of trouble, and they’re a distraction?” Jackson questioned the decision of the Buccaneers and Greg Schiano. “If they’re a distraction, I’m worried about fans during away games. How can that be a distraction?”
Jackson added that he wanted to get a job with the Bucs but heard from some people within the organization that it wasn't a fun place to work:
“I even tried to get a job there (at One Buc Place),” Jackson said. “Some people said, ‘Be careful, man, you don’t want to work here,’ and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m a Buccaneer,’ and people have been telling me to be careful.”
Yikes. Sounds like some good times in Tampa.