Former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson in financial squabbles

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Playing safety was never this confusing.

It wasn’t that hard for former Tampa Bay Bucs player Dexter Jackson, for instance. Jackson spent 10 years in the NFL, and he was the MVP as Tampa Bay won its Super Bowl.

Lately, however, Jackson has gone through a confusing mess of finances, including liens by the IRS for back taxes and the loss of the home he had deeded (for no money) to a corporation called Moon River. The Jacksons claimed they owned Moon River, but that seems to be contested. It is not clear what purpose Jackson would have for deeding the property for no money to his corporation.

The courts will have to decide if Jackson, his wife Tina and their four daughters still own the company, and if so, what sort of penalties they must pay. The Jacksons still own a home in Tampa and a townhome in Brandon.

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