Report: Jameis Winston braces for a suspension

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The investigation regarding Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston remains open. Whenever it closes, the final decision could indeed be a suspension.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron said that the NFL will suspend Winston for the alleged incident from March 2016 with an Uber driver in Arizona.

“The Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind,” Cameron said. “The thought from the Winston camp is that would be a maximum of three games. I do not know at this time whether or not they plan to appeal, and I do not know that three games is an accurate number. I’ve been told that would seem to be the maximum number of games that the suspension could be. It’s also likely that it’s less than that and it’s one game.”

The suspension would arise not necessarily from the incident itself but from a failure to make a timely report of the allegation, which can constitute a separate violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.

Whatever the suspension, the filing of an internal appeal makes sense. External attacks on the suspension, via litigation, would make little sense, given that past cases have made it clear that the league’s power in these case is extremely broad.

93 responses to “Report: Jameis Winston braces for a suspension

  1. This guy has such a high ceiling, but he can’t get out of his own way. What a weirdo.

  2. Three games ? He’s darn lucky that the NFL hasn’t admitted that they have or had no evidence. And that he was more likely than not aware of the incident. They would throw the book at him.

  3. I was hoping he’d get suspended for “eating a W”. That was pretty awkward and deserved at least a 4 game suspension.

  4. C’mon Man! It’s not like he did something serious like allow Mother Nature to impact PSI! On the bright side, maybe Jameis will get an endorsement deal from Lyft during his time off.

  5. Eli Manning commits fraud and rips off a whole bunch of people and Goodell laughs and says “boys will be boys.” Winston has a minor incident with an Uber driver and the NFL throws the book at him. Manning is white and Winston in black. Hmmm. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?

  6. 2 points
    1-The incident happened before the league created the “law” that incidents had to be reported.
    2-If he only gets suspended for failure to report, after a 10 month investigation, then he is innocent of said charges. So Rodger is punishing an innocent player for not reporting that he didn’t do anything wrong?

  7. WOW, Every year it is something new with this guy. He is a leader. Watched the HBO show with him last year and he looked like an idiot. OK so here is the punchline. Jameis wasn’t groping he thought there were free crabs he could take home like in college

  8. March 13, 2016 – Kate the Uber driver pickup Winston, Darby and an unknown person not yet named.

    March 14, 2016 – Kate the Ubery driver report the issue to Uber.

    Dec 2014 – NFL Personal Conduct Policy: Reporting – Clubs are obligated to promptly report any matter that comes to their attention (through, for example, victim or witness reports, law enforcement, media reports) that may constitute a violation of this Policy. Clubs are expected to educate their employees on this obligation to report. League employees who are aware of an incident that may violate this Personal Conduct Policy have a similar obligation to report the matter.

    Dec 8, 2016 – NFL changed the Personal Conduct Policy: Reporting – Clubs and players are obligated to promptly report any matter that comes to their attention (through, for example, victim or witness reports, law enforcement, or media reports) that may constitute a violation of this Policy. Clubs are expected to educate their employees on this obligation to report. Club reports should be made to NFL Security or Adolpho Birch of the Management Council legal staff. Questions about whether an incident triggers a reporting obligation should be directed to Adolpho Birch or Lisa Friel of the league office.

    This so-called incident occurred before the NFL changed its reporting requirements regarding players to report an incident.

    So no, the NFL cannot suspend him for failure to report the incident because this incident applies to the 2014 conduct policy and not the 2016. Unless their investigation actually yields hard facts. Which at this point is significantly slim, they have nothing right now.

  9. Well, if your owner is not one that Goodell is a puppet of, like the Rooneys or the Maras, get ready for more games than you think.

  10. If this is a true story… GOOD!

    Personally, I think it should be longer. No player is above the law. A complete disrespect to decency and dignity.

  11. That’s brutal. Suspend the guy because he didn’t report an incident that the NFL found no evidence actually happened! So he’s suspended for not reporting a false allegation!? Only the NFL…

  12. Long time Buc fan, this is very disappointing considering Winston – a #1 pick – was supposed to be the guy to turn around the franchise. With all the losing, its been hard to watch and it just got more difficult.

  13. Remember when he got on table of some sort in the square at his college and started screaming ” Right in the ……”
    Not a franchise QB by any stretch of the imagination

  14. I still can’t believe the Bucs turned their franchise over to this guy. He’s an immature clown and a turnover machine to boot.

  15. Hard Knocks soured me on Winston and McCoy. They spent the whole time trying to ham it up for the cameras. Came across as very fake to me. Also be a good human. Abusing an Uber driver? Really? That’s an expensive ride.

  16. Why does it take the NFL 2+ years to figure out these things out? I’m no Jameis fan but getting suspended for something that ALLEGEDLY happened over 2 years ago is beyond stupid.

  17. So just to be clear here: Winston is more than likely going to punished, NOT because he committed some sort of crime (which still hasn’t be proven to have occured) but because he didn’t report that he might get accused of some sort of crime in a timely manner? Ok then…

  18. cue all the Goodell comments, cause the sheep here think he actually has power. Here’s a tip for all of you. Goodell gets paid to do whatever the majority of his 32 bosses say. And to take the blame for it. So for all of you complaining about his new contract, remember. With every post you flame him instead of the owners, he earns it.

  19. Did Eli Manning report his fraud claim in a timely manner? Is selling fake merchandise and fraud not a violation of the personal conduct policy?

    Clearly the league office decides whom the rules do and do not apply.

  20. The formula for suspensions should be: determine what the suspension would be if it were Peyton Manning and give Winston (or the player in question) the same.

  21. What makes this very scary with the recent arrest of Kellen Winslow is that Jameis Winston has multiple past sex crime allegations of rape against him, and now he is accused of trying to rape or molest an uber driver in Arizona. Obviously this guy is fighting some nasty demons in his head, he needs to get some help before he is the next Winslow Jr.

  22. briang123 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm
    Eli Manning commits fraud and rips off a whole bunch of people and Goodell laughs and says “boys will be boys.” Winston has a minor incident with an Uber driver and the NFL throws the book at him. Manning is white and Winston in black. Hmmm. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?

    Yeah, the league punishes black players like Winston and Tom Brady while letting Mannings do as they please. Some folks can’t get away from their own prejudice.

  23. Who would have ever guessed this guy had character issues based on his stellar behavior while back at FSU?

  24. goodellisaclown says:
    June 20, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    C’mon Man! It’s not like he did something serious like allow Mother Nature to impact PSI! On the bright side, maybe Jameis will get an endorsement deal from Lyft during his time off

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    Okay the lyft thing was kinda funny, but you pat fans have to get over it. It’s only football.

  25. And this is one reason why the Titans drafted Mariota.

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    Uh, the Titans drafted Mariota cause the Bucs drafted Winston. If the Bucs took Mariota, you can bet your socks the Titans take Jameis.

  26. Trend:
    You people, like the media, have a serious problem with authority.
    The evidence is clear. When a player runs afoul of the NFL rules, or laws (at any level except for political correctness), then YOU people, PFT,a nd ESPN defend these players ad nauseam.
    Because these players have some affiliation with the NFL in the past or now, the media ALWAYS uses the players crime/rule-breaking event to rip the NFL as if the NFL or its franchises is at fault somehow.
    Then, thanks to media blowing it up as they ALWAYS do, the NFL MUST defend itself via it’s PR arm. The result must be discipline against the player who started this entire thing in the first place.
    If the NFL does NOT discipline its employees (aka players) then it will appear weak and the idiot players will run the asylum…NOBODY should want this to happen b/c NFL players are clueless.
    If Goodell does not discipline the player…ya’ll rip him.
    If Goodell does discipline the player, ya’ll rip him.
    So the best course of action for Goodell is to defend the NFL, its brand, and its franchises at all costs.
    Screw the players since THEY are the ones that commit the crimes.

  27. Winston clearly got away with a rape he committed in 2012. Who knows how many times he has committed sexual assault which is what this was with the Uber driver. His excuse this time was that he said the driver was confused to how many people were in the car and who was sitting next to her. This guy should be locked up.

    The fact they are saying he is being suspended not so much for the incident but not reporting it is also appalling. Kick him out of the league for BOTH!

    He got away with first degree sexual assault in 2013 and now 3rd degree sexual assault. Enough already. Lock him up!

  28. ‘The suspension would arise not necessarily from the incident itself but from a failure to make a timely report of the allegation’

    Expecting anybody to snitch on their own self is unrealistic.

  29. Just remember, if he doesn’t appeal to the US Supreme court he must be guilty.

    If he’s guilty he deserves the suspension. The problem is nobody will ever know if that is the case or not.

  30. I can’t understand why they hang on to Winston. He can’t stay out of trouble, yet his teammates see him a s a leader. Really? His decision-making on and off of the field is terrible. The Bucs will never sniff the playoffs with this guy under center.

  31. I’ve seen enough of Jamis to know he’ll never become a top tier NFL QB…he’s average, but he will never be great and get the Bucs to the playoffs or SB. The Bucs will be drafting ANOTHER QB in 2 years.

  32. the Buccaneers had a great draft but they don’t have a true leader at QB. What a pity because he has the potential to be the greatest QB in franchise history

  33. briang123 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm
    Eli Manning commits fraud and rips off a whole bunch of people and Goodell laughs and says “boys will be boys.” Winston has a minor incident with an Uber driver and the NFL throws the book at him. Manning is white and Winston in black. Hmmm. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?

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    I will tell you the difference. Eli is Mara’s guy…..Winston is not. As much as you want to make it so….not everything is about race.

  34. For three years, I’ve been saying, “Thank God Tampa took Winston instead of Mariota.”

    – Titans Fan

  35. So he didn’t do anything and is being punished for not telling the league someone accused him of something he didn’t do?

    Good to see the logic in the league office is consistent, if nothing else.

  36. “At what point is this guy deemed a bust?!?”
    _______________

    He’s got plenty of issues off the field but on the field he’s been pretty solid. Completion percentage has improved every season and his interception rate is nearly exactly what Brady’s was at this stage of his career. He’s nowhere close to being a bust even with all his issues.

  37. Laugh it up while you can, it’s just a matter of time before Goodell suspends your team’s star player for some BS.

    Cowboys fans were laughing at the Patriots, Bucs fans were laughing at the Cowboys.

  38. dryzzt23 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 8:15 am
    Trend:
    You people, like the media, have a serious problem with authority.
    The evidence is clear. When a player runs afoul of the NFL rules, or laws (at any level except for political correctness), then YOU people, PFT,a nd ESPN defend these players ad nauseam.
    Because these players have some affiliation with the NFL in the past or now, the media ALWAYS uses the players crime/rule-breaking event to rip the NFL as if the NFL or its franchises is at fault somehow.
    Then, thanks to media blowing it up as they ALWAYS do, the NFL MUST defend itself via it’s PR arm. The result must be discipline against the player who started this entire thing in the first place.
    If the NFL does NOT discipline its employees (aka players) then it will appear weak and the idiot players will run the asylum…NOBODY should want this to happen b/c NFL players are clueless.
    If Goodell does not discipline the player…ya’ll rip him.
    If Goodell does discipline the player, ya’ll rip him.
    So the best course of action for Goodell is to defend the NFL, its brand, and its franchises at all costs.
    Screw the players since THEY are the ones that commit the crimes.
    ——————————————————————————–
    So he should have at least investigated Eli, right? I note at the time I post this there are 8 thumbs up and 6 thumbs down. That’s in the ballpark of 60/40 percent split. My goodness, is everything in this country 60/40?

  39. mogogo1 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 11:20 am
    “At what point is this guy deemed a bust?!?”
    _______________

    He’s got plenty of issues off the field but on the field he’s been pretty solid. Completion percentage has improved every season and his interception rate is nearly exactly what Brady’s was at this stage of his career. He’s nowhere close to being a bust even with all his issues.

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    What’s his postseason record?

  40. It really does beg the question: “Why hasn’t She-Li Tranning been investigated for conduct detrimental to the league for being involved in the sale of fake game worn gear?”

  41. arclight1972 says:

    June 21, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I haven’t really followed it, what exactly did he do?
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    GOOGLE is your friend!

  42. briang123 says:

    June 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Eli Manning commits fraud and rips off a whole bunch of people and Goodell laughs and says “boys will be boys.” Winston has a minor incident with an Uber driver and the NFL throws the book at him. Manning is white and Winston in black. Hmmm. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?
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    “Winston has a minor incident with an Uber driver” Get some help dude and get a job!

  43. Z SPORTS NETWORK says:
    June 20, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    At what point is this guy deemed a bust?!?

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    probably when he hasnt averaged 3700 passing yards a season and probably when he doesnt look like the guy that could win big games. until then the NFL will prop him up and the fans will support him if he wins for them.

  44. “Winston clearly got away with a rape he committed in 2012. Who knows how many times he has committed sexual assault which is what this was with the Uber driver”

    The fact that you were there and did nothing to stop it is quite disgusting to me

    Oh wait, you weren’t? But, how do you know what happened…oh, that’s right, you don’t. You’re just making an assumption.

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