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INDIAN SHORES - The son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense coordinator Monte Kiffin was arrested Tuesday on charges he broke into two vans to steal money and compact discs earlier in the week, Indian Shores police said.
Christopher Kiffin, 24, of 16200 Gulf Blvd., Redington Beach, was charged with two counts of burglary to a vehicle. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail within hours of his arrest.
According to arrest affidavits, Kiffin admitted to breaking into two vans along Gulf Boulevard in Redington Shores at roughly 4 a.m. Sunday. His plan was to take money and compact discs, but it was unclear from the affidavits whether he did so. Indian Shores Police Investigator Jason Routzahn declined to comment.
The affidavits say Kiffin was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the alleged crime.
Stay with TBO.com for more details as they become available.
Monte & Robin, You may not remember but went to school together at Univ. of Nebr., I was from Columbus. My wife Lee& I ended up with 9 kids total and now have 17 grand kids and really feel blessed. Lee was younger than all of us and from Beatrice. We have been on Jesus Christs team for quite a few years and know that he will take care of Chris if Chris will just ask. Kids will be kids and we all know that and have done some stupid things as kids. I send my best to both of you and keep up the good work. Lets see the Bucs on top next year. Bill Neater
to chaz mays
your quote the kid is worthless.
I take it you are not a believer as God says we are all his children and precious in His sight.
Chris made a CHOICE, not a “mistake”. As far as the priorities of his parents - I guess we’ll see. He obviously needs the support of his family right now. Who thinks his dad will be in Tampa for him the next few weeks instead of in Orlando helping the Bucs get ready for the season? After all, the Bucs need him now too!
As a parent who has personaly experienced the same trials and tribulations as the Kiffin family are enduring right now, my heart is with them. I’m sure you will agree publicity, has compounded this issue for them also. It’s sad that coach Kiffin and family should have to be subjected to the negative reteric.
I happen to be a great personal friend of Chris. The guy made a mistake, which he will take full responsibility as a man. Everyone who thinks Chris gets everything handed to him just because he’s Monte’s son need to shut up. Chris works hard for what he has. He is a great person who is simply dealing with some personal problems. So if you don’t know Chris- how can you sit and write bad things about the guy? Worry about your own life people not others.
It sounds like this young man needs help, just like many others afflicted with the dreadful disease of addiction.
Yeah, yeah, you might say, then he should stay away from drugs and alcohol . . . if it was that easy there wouldn’t be a problem!
We need to focus our war on drugs like any other war on disease We need more efforts on solutions not apprehensions.
My heart goes out to the family. I’m sure they tried to do everything right.
One might think that Chris would be proud of his father. Too proud to make such dumb mistakes. At this point in his life he’s got to feel like “I’ve got it made, man”. He’s got the world on a string. Nobody knows what went through his head except Chris. Does he look happy in the photo? Looks a little sheepish to me. Kinda like a young man who just sobered up to reality.
I think he’ll turn this incident around. All of us do someting regretful at some point in our life. If the picture showed an arrogant or smiling idiot, I might feel different. As it stands, I see an intelligent, groomed 20-something with an expression of “what the hell did I do that for?” on his mug.
Be careful with your word’s Mr Vinette from Tampa If your not a parent maybe one day you would have a son that will bring shame to your name and will you post comment’s like the one’s you’ve post or better yet you may have family members with children or young adult’s that can make bad choice’s as well and will you comment on them in the way you comment on mr kiffin? sure i know he is not a kid but at 24yrs old you can still make bad choice’s..
I am happy that most people agree that we, as people who do not know this family personally also do not know how this individual was raised as a child. Hence, people who do not know this family should not comment on same. What I am most amazed at is people are still commenting that this was “a mistake this kid made.” Firstly, he is not a kid, he is a 24 year old man, far past being a child. Secondly, he did make two mistakes and those mistakes were getting caught and for a conscious choice he made to break into the cars for his own personal benefit. He is now nothing more than a common criminal due to his own actions and should be treated as such.
Judge not, lest ye be judged.
First, let it be known that the Kiffins are an absolutely amazing couple, and Chris an amazing man as well, although it seems that he has fallen into some bad light lately. Football is NOT the priority in the Kiffin home - the family unit is. Mr. McKenna, your ignorance is showing…and exactly who are you to issue such negatively construed comments in regards to a family you have absolutely NO personal connection to? I am confident that Chris will accept resonsibility for his actions. Stop holding Coach Kiffin responsible for something Chris did. Chris will accept his punishment as an adult, however I can guarantee you that the shame and negative press that he has brought onto the family will be a punishment as harsh as whatever the legal system will be bringing forward. Chris - take away from this incident the knowledge that no one is perfect and that some people do fall; they however, learn from their mistakes and the smart ones do not make the same mistake again.
ok people be careful not all kid’s turn out the way a parent want’s. just by reading some of the comments i can hear some of us are parent’s and we hope our kids make good choice’s in life but for some of you that don’t have anything better to do then say bad things about mr kiffin and his kid my question to you is can you have been a better parent? can you do a better job then mr&ms kiffin then keep your mouth shut….
To Jim McKenna,
People HAVE to work. Many kids have fathers who work 10-12 hours a day. Would you blame a minimum wage worker for making his job a priority if HIS adult son committed a crime? Why do you refuse to blame the person responsible? Yes, a few years ago (7) he WAS a teen. But he committed his crime YESTERDAY!! Grow up!
And yes, football is not more important than family. BUT, food, clothing, a home edication, all the things he benefitted from by having a pro football coach for a father are.
Hey jim Mckenna, were you in the Kiffin household? Do you know for a fact that Monte put football ahead of his son?
NO. So keep your mouth shut about things you know nothing about.
This is truly a sad story. I know Chris from high school. Deep down inside, he is a great person. When we are young, we tend to make mistakes because we feel invincible. Alcohol and drugs can certainly distort the decisions we make. Hopefully Chris will learn from this mistake and get the help he needs to live a sober life. THERE SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY NO BLAME PLACED ON CHRIS’S PARENTS! Both Monty and his wife are tremendous and loving parents who taught their son right from wrong. It was Chris’s decision to do what he did, not his parents. I pray for Chris and his parents for the tough time they are going through. Chris I wish you the best with your recovery and living a sober life! Mike F.
Jim McKenna how can you make such a comment? You have absolutley no clue how he was raised. 1st thing that comes out of someones mouth is how his parents should have been there for him. Take a psych course Jim, men, more then women, will do things on impulse disregarding the consequences. Just about every young man in his age range have done it. Regardless of his fathers occupation, ANY parent can put their job before their children but what kills me about your comment, football is only part of a year, so Im sure Mr Kiffin has spent much time with his family. Sheeeeeesh!
Ok, so I am seeing a lot of people apparently know what it was like in the Kiffin home (how many kids did Monte have…20?). From what I know about the coaches, the only one that has been reported to spend 20 hours a day at work is Gruden. I don’t see his family suffering either. Now I am supposing that all of you that have stated that Monte should have been a better parent were raised in the Kiffin household, right? Because noone would presume to know how a household is run out of pure ignorance. Get real. Ted Bundy was raised in a perfectly “normal” household, and look what became of him. Adults make choices, and we as adults have to reap the consequences. I don’t personally know Chris, but I hope that he will learn from this mistake, and take the steps he needs to take in order to better himself. I believe that Monte will more than likely do whatever he can in order to help his son better himself. Save the judging for God. He is the one and only righteous judge.
Another person fall to a downfall. Friends and buddies plays important part towards adult hood. This kid is one of the luckiest person in the world but at his age he may not know where he really belongs. I was once like him at his age son of a very popular and well respected person in the community but I have never boasted about it. All i was proud about were my friends when I was growing up. Lesson I have learned about near death incident that took place when I was 24 and change my life. Good friends are the greatest influence in life while growing up towards adult hood.
We all know he will get a slap on the wrist because of who his father is. That is just how corrupt Tampa is.
Yes, Chris is an adult and is 100% responsible for his actions. Buy responsible or not, there are reasons people do the things they do. Chris may be 24 now, but he was a teenager just a few years ago and his dad was not there for him. His dad made the Bucs his priority - not his son and family. I know some of you may not comprehend this, but family IS more important than football-REALLY!!!
Do not try to blame Monte Kiffin for his adult son’s behavior. I am confident that this young man has been given the very best of everything, and feels he is entitled to what ever he wants. I am tired of hard working parents being critisized when their kids act out.
Let the justice system deal with him, and let Monte concentrate on his job!!!
After a child is over about age 14, he has only himself to blame for idiotic behavior, especially if he has been taught ANYTHING by his parents!
It’s a shame to see how many morons we have living in the Tampa Bay area. To blame Monte is like blaming the fire department for your house burning down when YOU YOURSELF started the fire. I find it highly unlikely that Monte spent 20 hours a day focusing on football and totally disregarding his son. How do you know he spends 20hr days on football? Are you a pro football coach? Was your papa? I don’t think so. Do you stock Monte and know everything he does and when he does it? DO you watch him sleep for the 4 hours that he doesn’t coach? Or does he not sleep at all? Get real, being a father comes first and i’m sure that’s a no brainer to Monte. His son is 24, Monte can hold his hand to the death bed. Blame Chris leave Monte out of it and while you’re at it, you stay out of it too.
These comments are amazing. This person isn’t a child anymore, at some time one has to take resposibility for their own life. No one of us knows what his upbringing was like unless we are a close personal friend of the parents. This individual did not make a “mistake” or “excercise bad judgement” he deliberatly decided to committ a criminal act of his own volition. The parants should be of no concern in this discussion. What matters is he is a common criminal who committed burglaries and should be held solely responsible and punnished for same.
We live in a “Pass the Buck” (pardon the pun)society. How much better off would we be if people took personal responsibility for their own actions. Chris Kiffin is an adult and responsible for his own actions. Monte is spending 24hrs. a day getting ready for Buc games why? Because his son is 24 years old that’s why. Give me a break. Monte not spending time with his 24 year old son shouldn’t cause Chris to turn to a life of crime. Chris is causing Chris to turn to a life of crime. I am sick and tired of making excuses for criminals.
Coaches Gruden and Kiffin are motivators and mentors. Both have strived long and hard to be where they are today. This incident with Chris should not tarnish what Coach Kiffin has brought to Tampa Bay. If any one of you can honestly admit to never, ever making a mistake….shame on you. Gruden is not horrible, he’s a leader, along with Monte.
Let Monte and the justice system handle this. This is not national news, only local because Monte is prominent here in Tampa.