As per The Tampa Bay Times, via USA Today, an investigation by the latter revealed that four coaches, working within the NFL in 2018 had previously faced allegations of violence against women. After performing background checks on over 700 coaches working in the NFL revealed these allegations.
Among those that were identified were former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaches, Paul Spicer, and Skylar Fulton. Both Spicer and Fulton were part of the coaching staff whilst Dirk Koetter was the head coach in Tampa and was released by the team after Koetter was relieved of duty.
Spicer faces two allegations from the same woman, in 2005 and 2008, while he was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars; however, it is noted that both the 2005 and 2008 orders of protection were both dismissed by the woman making the allegations. When asked about the incidents Paul Spicer replied: “if there was any teeth to what was said I wouldn’t be working where I’m working now!” Further saying that the petitions never came up during the interview process with the Buccaneers.
Former coach, Skylar Fulton was promoted to Wide Receivers coach in 2018 was arrested for a domestic assault in 2010 in Washington State. Thurston County Sheriffs Office records state that Fulton “grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground.”Prosecutors dismissed these charges after Fulton took part in a pre-trial diversion program. Fulton declines to comment; however, his lawyer, Todd Marks, told USA Today, “Any and all allegations were appropriately addressed and our system of justice found in my clients favor in each instance.”
The Buccaneers have declined to comment on this report.