Freeman says Bucs need to clean up their act off the field

The arrests haven’t piled up quite as fast as the wins for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they’ve been achieving both at a rate no one quite expected.

Linebacker Geno Hayes was the latest player to get arrested for the Bucs (8-5). He was subdued by a Taser gun outside a Tampa nightclub in the wee hours following the team’s victory at Washington on Sunday. Hayes was the third player arrested in the last two months.

It’s created a perception, at the minimum, that the Bucs are not a disciplined organization under young head coach Raheem Morris.

“We talk a lot about how we need to take care of business off-the-field as well. It doesn't speak well on the type of coach Raheem is,” quarterback Josh Freeman told Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune. “Raheem is a great coach. Everybody has the utmost respect for Raheem and the talk really has been, 'We've got to stop … getting in trouble off-the-field.'”

Tight end Jerrmay Stevens was arrested on drug charges and wide receiver Mike Williams was busted for allegedly drunken driving. Cornerback Aqib Talib’s attack of a cab driver was resolved this past summer.

"We have to take a higher level of responsibility on ourselves from college,” Freeman said. “As team captains, as leaders, I've been stressing that a lot lately."

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