Bucs support Jameis Winston, hopeful NFL’s investigation clears him

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Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer threw his support behind quarterback Jameis Winston.

“Yeah, Jameis has been nothing but a great person since he’s been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Glazer told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “And he’s done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s been a great leader. He’s been unbelievable in the community and we have great confidence in Jameis. So we focus on the great things Jameis has done.”

The league began an investigation in November after an Uber driver accused Winston of groping her at the drive-through of a Scottsdale, Arizona, restaurant in March 2016. Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby said he was in the backseat with Winston, and Winston did nothing.

“I can’t get into what other people say and speculate and all that,” Glazer said. “I can only speak to the person that I know, the person I have known. And the person everyone I know knows. That’s what I’ll speak to, and that’s a first-class individual, hard-working, wonderful in the community, a leader and everything that we would’ve hoped for in our quarterback.”

Earlier Tuesday, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter and General Manager Jason Licht expressed frustration at the slow pace of the NFL’s investigation.

At the same time, Koetter remains hopeful Winston won’t face a suspension.

“To be honest, it is a little frustrating,” Koetter said. “But I really don’t think about that a whole lot because, one, we have no control over it, and two, I’m not involved in it. I mean, I really don’t know where that’s at. I don’t have any knowledge of any of that. It’s just one of those things we don’t have control over so we have to move ahead. I think it was important that we signed Ryan Fitzpatrick back, that’s another guy we signed back that we haven’t talked about. And we have Ryan Griffin coming back healthy. So, you know, very, very hopeful that we won’t miss any time with Jameis but right now we don’t have any control of that.”

21 responses to “Bucs support Jameis Winston, hopeful NFL’s investigation clears him

  1. A rape accusation that was brushed under the rug, stealing crab legs, doing $4000 damage with a pellet gun, accused of point shaving to help a friend win a bet…all youthful hijinks.
    He’s a nice guy, a real prince…just misunderstood

  2. The NFL knew that Ezekiel Elliots x-girlfriend lied twice. The NFL knew that the X-girlfriend tried to get a witness to lie. The NFL’s own lead investigator on the Elliot investigation recommended no suspension. Roger Goodell suspended Elliot for six games anyway. so you see it doesn’t matter if he did it or not….all that matters is if Goodell feels like exerting the power the NFLPA stupidly gave him.

  3. This is the NFL or should I say Sheriff Goodell’s world, where it doesn’t matter if there’s actual evidence. It’s 6 games, do it now, Goodell.

  4. Welp, an accusation of sexual misconduct without any supporting evidence has been made and an eye witness discrediting said accusation has come forward so you all know what that means. A year long suspension for Jameis Winston and a loss of draft picks for the Buccaneers, so sayeth his highness Roger Goodell.

  5. if Ia, an attorney repping a client like Winston, I hire
    an investigator to get first person statements from any an
    all witnesses. Why? The reason is as a rep for player I cannot
    trust the NFL own investigation and findings.
    Think about what happened to Zeke Elliot of the Cowboys..
    The NFL investigator, a very experienced investigator…met the
    alleged victim on 3 occasions and spoke to the victim on at least
    two phone conferences. The NFL investigator also spoke to other
    witnesses.
    When the NFL investigator made her report …she told the head
    of the investigation ( a life long Giant fan) that in her opinion based
    upon many years of conducting investigations on behalf of the
    Manhattan District attorney’s office …that the victim lacked credibility.
    In addition the DA’s office had evidence that the victim actually asked a
    friend to make up a story that Elliot assaulted her. A totally
    false story.
    Despite the findings the NFL panel led by Goodell rejected the findings
    and recommendations and imposed the max penalty.
    Winston best be prepared for the worst.

  6. These owners are an embarrassment to the community. They’ve turned what was a football town in Tampa into a hockey town that now roots for the Lightning and couldn’t care less about the Buccaneers.

    People in Tampa can only dream of the headline someday: “Jeffrey Vinik to buy Buccaneers”

  7. I get no one likes Winston. I could care less about him frankly. But a guy in the car says it didn’t happen I’d sure hope the league takes its time as well. Just because you don’t like him doesn’t make him guilty.

  8. I don’t see the Bucs ever hoisting a Lombardi trophy with this guy. His throws are inaccurate, and his decision-making on and off the field is questionable at best. There have been too many accusations for at least some of them to not be true. Something has always been off with Winston.

  9. I grew up in TB watching the Bucs.
    I was very disappointed when they drafted this idiot.
    He was an embarrassment at FSU.
    After seeing him on Hard-Knocks, he has proven he does not have 2 brain cells to rub together.
    What a waste of time and money for the Bucs…
    Drafting him was ALMOST as stupid as dumping Tony D.

  10. TruFBFan says:

    March 27, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I get no one likes Winston. I could care less about him frankly. But a guy in the car says it didn’t happen I’d sure hope the league takes its time as well. Just because you don’t like him doesn’t make him guilty.

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    You may be right, but how do we know that Winston didn’t pay the other guy to say it never happened? He was in the perfect situation to lie for him and make some cash. Winston will always be in the news for the wrong reasons.

  11. Since Mr.Malcom’s passing the decisions made running the Bucs organization has been atrocious… GM, HC, Drafting and the biggest is this guy after all his college antics til now… The Browns of the NFC!

  12. We all have skeletons in our closets and as far as I know there is only one perfect being. We all make a lot of stupid decisions on a daily basis especially in our youth except for those of you that think you are perfect. Jameis will turn out OK or not. He will be held accountable for his actions and only him. Try to worry about your own miserable soul and not worry about things beyond your control.

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