Buccaneers: Pittman’s trail date set in January
Buccaneers’ running back Michael Pittman won't have to stand trial on felony assault charges in Arizona until January, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Pittman's wife, Melissa, and the family's babysitter, Kristina Hegland, failed to show up for the pretrial conference and warrants for the arrests have been made. "Melissa has made it evident to Maricopa County that she has no intention of proceeding in this matter," Melissa Pittman's attorney, Ed Brennan, told the Times. "Their intention is to make an example of Michael. If the victims don't want to prosecute, what is the point?" Pittman still faces a probation revocation hearing in November which could send him to jail for up to six months.
It's now obvious that Pittman's wife doesn't want to prosecute, but the legal system is trying to force a trail. Either way, Pittman’s chances of playing this season are growing and we won’t hear anything further about court dates (or the postponement of court dates) until November. Gruden has said that he would start Pittman if he is available to play, however, the league could still levy a punishment of its own before the season starts.