Did Jameis Winston, NFL strike a deal?

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So why would Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston accept a three-game punishment and not exercise his appeal rights? There’s one simple and obvious explanation for it.

The NFL and Winston may have struck a deal.

It’s was for both sides to justify the move. The NFL, in lieu of suspending him the baseline of six games (plus a possible enhancement for his pre-NFL alleged misbehavior), offers half instead. Winston doesn’t launch an appeal that, while ultimately futile, possibly would expose yet another Park Avenue Keystone Cops investigation and/or kangaroo court process.

Here’s a fact that further points to a bargain possibly being brokered: Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that “Winston’s suspension could be increased if he fails to meet certain undisclosed requirements expected to be imposed by the NFL.” That feels like the kind of term that would be added to a negotiated compromise aimed at wrapping things up easily, while also making it even easier to whack him with another penalty if he runs afoul of the NFL’s expectations.

While the league has steadfastly refused to strike deals after suspensions are imposed, perhaps the league has learned that much embarrassment has resulted from cases like Tom Brady‘s and Ezekiel Elliott‘s. So instead of welcoming another avoidable P.R. crisis, the league sends its message and Winston catches a break.

43 responses to “Did Jameis Winston, NFL strike a deal?

  1. And yet Eli Skates…. after settling. Not like I care he’s an easy two wins for an NFC opponent. But somehow, it’s still the shield Goodell talks about.

  2. I heard Winston agreed to extend the suspension from 2 games to 3 in exchange for a 30 minute unsupervised handshake with Goodell.

  3. Eli struck a deal. He agreed to not sell out Peyton for using HGH and Goodell agreed to let Eli off the hook.

  4. I don’t believe that a deal was struck. I believe,based on Winston’s track record with women,that he did indeed grope the Uber driver,and fighting it would only expose more of his extremely dirty laundry. Again,only my belief,not necessarily fact,but it would not surprise me. Women are just a piece of meat to this guy.

  5. “Winston’s suspension could be increased if he fails to meet certain undisclosed requirements expected to be imposed by the NFL.”
    No stealing crab legs/ raping anyone/ shooting out windows with a B.B. gun/ groping Uber drivers/ etc.

  6. Goodell is a JOKE. This guy is like Trump. Say and do whatever he wants and he can care less if he is consistent or not. The commissioner is nothing but a two face person. He is killing the NFL.

  7. Determine the punishment, and then shape the investigation and gather only information that will support the punishment. Roger’s “process”….(unless of course it involves anyone with the name of Manning).

  8. They obviously had the goods on him and knew he was lying. Uber drivers have dash cams to protect themselves against this stuff. I love the Winston fans that are in denial about this guy. Everytime the guy commits a crime it’s total frame job. He leads the league in getting setup and I can’t believe the whole world is against him.

  9. NFL fully understands that if a high profile player is associated with sexual assault in this current social climate they will get crucified in the media.

  10. Sorry trolls. Divert, deflect, ignore. This story isn’t about the Mannings. Its about Winston. BTY, his finger prints were allegedly found on the crotch of the female uber driver. Let that sink in. Winston needs to stick to shoplifting seafood. LEADER!

  11. If only this had been Lavonte David. A three game suspension would allow the Bucs to see that any replacement in his position improves team performance. Or play with 10 men and save the money. Viideo links of LD hugging offensive linemen and running away from the action to follow.

  12. bradygirl12 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 7:32 pm
    I don’t believe that a deal was struck. I believe,based on Winston’s track record with women,that he did indeed grope the Uber driver,and fighting it would only expose more of his extremely dirty laundry. Again,only my belief,not necessarily fact,but it would not surprise me. Women are just a piece of meat to this guy.
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    The only “track record” he has is being falsely accused and having brain dead, meaningless lemmings on social media believe everything the media tells them to think.

  13. There is no way they reduce the suspension to three to begin with if they had evidence that he did it.

    Think and say whatever you want about Winston, but this sets a very dangerous precedent, even worse than what those who THINK Elliott and Brady were wronged, may have thought.

  14. “castropigsocks says:
    June 21, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    There’s one simple and obvious explanation for it.
    The NFL and Winston may have struck a deal.

    Or…he did it and he knows they have the evidence.”

    If that were the case, the NFL wouldn’t have struck a deal. They’d only be inclined to strike a deal if they didn’t have a good case. Their incentive would be to avoid another media storm that exposed their less than stellar investigation skills. Winston, even if he did nothing, would eventually lose a court case.

    Deflategate wasn’t about the NFL proving anything. In fact judges called out their terrible investigation. They simply ruled that the NFL had the right to suspend their players. In the Zeke Elliot case, their own investigator recommended no suspension be handed down and they ignored her recommendation.

    It’s pretty clear that the NFL decides the results of their “investigations” and then try to piece together a reason to explain it. Unless you play for the Giants that is. Where even a kicker gets only 1 game after admitted he was abusive to his wife and had an incident at the Pro Bowl. Or where your QB is embroiled in a memorabilia scandal, that he gets zero punishment for, despite there being evidence that something underhanded may have been going on.

    And before anyone mentions it, suspending an unemployed kicker 6 games before they handed to the Elliot suspension to merely cover their rear ends doesn’t count.

  15. Does he have a drinking problem or some kind of substance abuse issue ? 2nd time for him.
    He’s got a problem and needs to get it corrected. In this #metoo era, he better learn and learn fast.

  16. It amazes me that some act like this couldn’t be foreseen on the night of the draft…
    Many NFL fans across America were very much aware, on that night, that the Bucs were playing with fire and it was just a matter of time til they were going to get burned because of winston’s track record…

    Burns take a long time to heal and leave behind horrible scars… Bucs fans will be suffering from this for many years!

  17. He should be suspended for at least as long as Mike Vick was suspended. He was a rapist in college, a thief after being draft and a sexual assaulter now. Truth is he should be put behind bars for a very long time, instead he gets away with this and is only having his belief that he is untouchable re-enforced. It is disgusting that the NFL would not bring down a substantial suspension, if not a ban with this type of behavior.

  18. So what is the NFL going to do about Ronald Darby….Winston’s “enabler” and chief “voyeur” who likes to film his homeys exploits….?

  19. If this goes to court an NFL suspension is the least of his worries. No matter what Goodell does it is not a court handed down sentence. Call it an NFL warning shot relative only to employment but like all things like this, where there is smoke there is fire. Even talking about it says something happened. NFL might think deal or a few games but the court will not if it goes that far.

  20. darcrequiem says:
    June 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    It’s pretty clear that the NFL decides the results of their “investigations” and then try to piece together a reason to explain it. Unless you play for the Giants that is.
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    Oh, you’re one of THOSE. Everything else you said had merit except this.

  21. CheeseisGoodforYou! says:
    June 21, 2018 at 9:57 pm
    Does he have a drinking problem or some kind of substance abuse issue ? 2nd time for him.
    He’s got a problem and needs to get it corrected. In this #metoo era, he better learn and learn fast.
    ——–

    Falsely accused twice.

  22. Scalesofjustice says:
    June 21, 2018 at 8:46 pm
    They obviously had the goods on him and knew he was lying. Uber drivers have dash cams to protect themselves against this stuff. I love the Winston fans that are in denial about this guy. Everytime the guy commits a crime it’s total frame job. He leads the league in getting setup and I can’t believe the whole world is against him.
    ———

    Do you have a functioning brain?

    If that were true, they would have given him a year.

    The fact that he “only” got three games for something that someone ELSE did just shows they had no evidence and that this is purely public relations and nothing more.

  23. buttfumbles says:
    June 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    Glad he didn’t make a federal case of it.
    ——————
    Don’t forget Brady didn’t either – it was the NFL that took him to court, twice! They lost the first trial after admitting they had no actual evidence of supposed scheme by Brady, so made the second one a de-novo appeal (effectively a new case) to win just on the narrower point of Fraudger’s article 46 rights in the CBA. Brady even offered a deal – a game for poor cooperation (he DID offer his phone logs like Elliot and most other players do, but only at his internal appeal) so long as the NFL dropped the PSI claim which, seeing as the NFL later admitted no evidence, they could have easily done and avoided the witch-hunt. Meanwhile, Eli’s fraud and Peyton’s likely HGH get a totally free pass (and Aaron Rodgers’ admission of PSI cheating just gets a smirk from the NFL).

  24. Scalesofjustice says:
    June 21, 2018 at 8:46 pm
    They obviously had the goods on him and knew he was lying. Uber drivers have dash cams to protect themselves against this stuff. I love the Winston fans that are in denial about this guy. Everytime the guy commits a crime it’s total frame job. He leads the league in getting setup and I can’t believe the whole world is against him.

    ———————
    Honestly if they had a video that showed an incident like that Goodell would have thrown the complete book at him. He would have done this to protect the shield. He would not risk that video surfacing down the road after only a three game suspension. He would not repeat the Ray Rice mistake.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says:

    June 22, 2018 at 8:13 am

    darcrequiem says:
    June 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    It’s pretty clear that the NFL decides the results of their “investigations” and then try to piece together a reason to explain it. Unless you play for the Giants that is.
    ——–

    Oh, you’re one of THOSE. Everything else you said had merit except this.
    ———————————————————————————-
    Well then debunk what they are saying. Compare how the Giant’s Josh Brown’s case was handled versus Ezekiel Elliot. How come there is no investigation into Manning’s memorabilia case? Fraud is specifically listed in the NFL code of conduct. How come there was no investigation and only a slap on the wrist when the Giants got caught using walkie talkies against the rules? Lisa Mendelson Friel is in charge of the domestic abuse rulings and she has a Giants shrine in her home. The NFL clearly favors the Giants. Lisa Mendelson Friel is in charge of the domestic abuse rulings and she has a Giants shrine.

  26. If they really want to punish Winston they should make him go back to school and get his degree.

  27. You might think that with Winston’s history, and seemingly constant involvement in one potentially serious controversy after another, that Tampa Bay might seriously consider moving on from Jameis Winston, who isn’t all that good to begin with.

  28. idiedpretty says:
    June 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Sorry trolls. Divert, deflect, ignore. This story isn’t about the Mannings. Its about Winston. BTY, his finger prints were allegedly found on the crotch of the female uber driver. Let that sink in. Winston needs to stick to shoplifting seafood. LEADER!
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    Allegedly. Eli allegedly defrauded the public so it must be true. Peyton allegedly used PHD’s so it’s true. Winston’s fingerprints were allegedly on the woman’s crotch so….it’s true. You see how one can make comparisons between incidents but if the narrative doesn’t fit your preconceived verdict then allegedly can be tossed around as you see fit. Look, Winston is not a decent citizen, think we can mostly agree on that. But the problem with Goodell and the NFL is inconsistency and if one is being honest portrays favoritism in some cases, fair or not. It took 2 years to finally make a judgement on this case while others were deemed guilty within hours of the ALLEGED infractions. Be consistent, is that too much to ask?

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