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Another Bucs member faces DUI charge

Jay Gruden's arrest came days after Bucs cornerback Torrie Cox was charged for the second time in less than a year.

By RICK STROUD
Published September 16, 2005


TAMPA - Orlando Predators coach Jay Gruden, who also works as an offensive assistant for the Buccaneers, was arrested for driving under the influence after a traffic stop at 2:25 a.m. Friday.

Gruden, 38, was transported to the Orient Road jail. An arrest report showed his blood alcohol content registered a .10 and .11, higher than the 0.08 which Florida considers a driver is impaired.

Jay is the younger brother of Bucs head coach Jon Gruden.

Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said he met with Gruden Friday morning but no disciplinary action was announced.

Jay Gruden was not available for comment Friday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies pulled Gruden over near Busch Boulevard and Linebaugh Avenue. He was booked at 4:35 a.m. and released four hours later after posting $500 bond.

Gruden's arrest came just three days after Bucs cornerback Torrie Cox was jailed following his second arrest for DUI in nine months.

"Obviously, I'm very disappointed," Jon Gruden said. "This is a serious matter, it's a very serious matter and serious matters get dealt with very seriously by society and obviously by us. I love my brother. I haven't talked to him, but I will. All I can say from the Gruden family is I'm very apologetic."

Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said no decision had been made on whether Jay Gruden will participate in Sunday's game.

"I met with Jay Gruden this morning and talked a lot about individual responsibility," Allen said. "We talked about being a part of a team, which he understood well. It's not the behavior you really expect in a coach, whether you're part time or full time. Unfortunately, as I said just a few days ago, I'm not going to discuss publicly what we'll do as a club as far as discipline."