Arron Sears Was Baker Acted
November 15, 2010 at 01:22pm by Scott • 2 Comments »
No jokes here, people. Arron Sears was found “wandering” the Citrus Park section of Tampa on Saturday afternoon and, because of an outstanding warrant for assault on a police officer, was arrested.
Based on his behavior, deputies decided Sears needed to be held for a mental health evaluation under the state’s Baker Act, which allows people considered to be a danger to themselves or others to be held for as long as 72 hours.
I put the word “wandering” in quotes because it’s kind of a loaded word. He could have just been walking, but I think I have to give the police the benefit of the doubt here based on Sears’s history. Evidently, Sears still has an address in Tampa about a mile from where he was arrested.
“I can’t go into much detail, but if he had not had criminal charges, he would have gone to the hospital for evaluation, not jail,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Larry McKinnon.
I don’t remember ever hearing about Sears being in trouble this summer. I guess unless the arrest actually happens, not much gets reported. But Sears is obviously in some kind of altered state because everything I’ve ever heard about him is how amiable he is.
Sears, who played left guard at Tennessee, was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2007 by former coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.
Just as a point of clarification, Sears played offensive tackle, not guard, at Tennessee.
I don’t know who’s supposed to be watching out for him or helping him get the care he needs, but Sears obviously needs some professional help and guidance. I wish him all the best.