Where is the NFL’s Jameis Winston suspension letter?

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When word first emerged of a potential three-game suspension for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston coupled with a report that Winston likely won’t appeal, it felt like the result of a negotiated compromise. And if it was indeed the product of plea bargain versus the usual unrelenting iron fist of NFL justice, the deal possibly extended to the manner in which the suspension would be communicated.

The NFL, through its in-house media operation, announced the three-game suspension not via a press release or publication of the letter sent to Winston but through the release of a statement from Winston. Obviously, the statement from Winston doesn’t delve into the details of what the league concluded that he did to justify the suspension.

Next came the NFL’s statement on the issue, with the specific misconduct buried at the bottom of the fourth paragraph and limited to this assertion: “touching [a female Uber driver] in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.”

So where is the letter that the league sent to Winston explaining the basis for the punishment? You know, the multi-page letter outlining everything he did wrong, signed by an NFL executive?

Last August, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received a six-page letter chronicling his alleged misdeeds, and it was quickly made available to the media. As part of the league’s P.R. blitz, one of the members of the league’s external expert advisory panel was made available on a conference call to discuss the allegations and the investigation.

In Winston’s case, no letter has been issued or leaked, and no conference calls to discuss the details have been scheduled. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in response to the question of whether the letter will be released, “I don’t think so.”

So what’s going on here? The explanation may be simple, and obvious. This is the first NFL player suspension for sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, and the league, the Buccaneers, and Winston realize that a detailed letter like the one Elliott received could light a fuse that blows up Winston’s entire career.

That’s probably why Winston isn’t fighting this one, and that’s probably why this one feels like the result of a negotiation. Winston doesn’t want the details to be shared with the public in the kind of graphic fashion that could end his career, and the NFL likely wasn’t interested in another public fight that would reveal a Keystone Cops investigation and/or a kangaroo court appeals process.

Neat and tidy as it may be, the outcome conceals plenty of important facts, including the things Winston specifically did wrong, the reasons for departing from the supposed baseline of a six-game suspension, and whether and to what extent the past rape allegation against him — which was still pending in the form of a civil lawsuit when he allegedly or actually sexually assaulted the Uber driver — did or didn’t influence the outcome.

It still remains to be seen whether the fallout from this incident pressures the Bucs to cut the cord on Winston. The chance of that becomes less likely if the NFL successfully keeps covered up the specific details of what Winston supposedly did.

32 responses to “Where is the NFL’s Jameis Winston suspension letter?

  1. @wrp5353

    Here we go with the race crap again what do you think the league should have done…. nominate him for man of the year ? Wake up

  2. I wonder if Florida State and Tallahassee law enforcement will be there to receive their own letters. For it was their vainglorious pursuit of a national championship that enabled this predator to not only reach this level, but to continue to be the public-endangering perve he apparently is, to his own self-destructive end.

    Penn State, Michigan State, say hello to FSU, a fellow ostrich.

  3. He raped that girl in college. She reported it right after she was with him and before she knew he was a football star.

  4. How can you be suspended for conduct detrimental to the league if no one knows what the conduct is, ergo you cannot determine if it was detrimental? I feel like I’m in Bizarro World.

  5. Since when is the media ENTITLED to a copy of the Letter of Suspension? It is a private communication between the league, the team and the player and/or his agent only.

  6. As a close friend of the organization it is clear Jameis is at a crossroads between being that “gangsta” guy in front of his pals and being that “professional” guy in front of the media and Glazer family

  7. I don’t know what all the fuss is about. This type of behavior has been approved at the highest level. President Trump has said to just go ahead and “Grab ’em by the **ssy. You can do anything.” … that’s what he does … the President of the United States hasn’t been suspended three games.. not fair …

  8. Seriously….does it matter? It’s a letter. We know what the outcome is. Move on.

    Actually, it matters very much. Its in these very letters that we learned how Goodell tells bold-faced lies about why a player is being suspended and likes to twist and distort players testimony.

  9. God help any player who enters the crosshairs of the NFL despite being innocent; seems nothing can stop the league from doing as it wishes.

  10. Heinous as his crimes are, at least he didn’t get caught smoking weed three times! Then he’d be suspended for most if not the entire season with no possibility getting the suspension reduced.

  11. I guess you Jameis sympathizers missed the fact that the owner of the Panthers was bascially forced to sell his team for the same kind of crap… except this isn’t Winston’s first offense.

  12. Same with RANDY Gregory!!!1!!


    Yeah because smoking weed is on par with sexually assaulting someone operating a moving vehicle. Allegedly.

    You are a special flavor of stupid.

  13. “Where is the NFL’s Jameis Winston suspension letter?”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Where is the letter?!?

    It’s under the nfl’s rug where they swept it.

  14. This is going to blow up in Goodell’s face just like the Ray Rice video. Jerry Jones has to be saying, “WTF” Roger??!!

  15. kamthechancellor says:
    June 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm
    Kaepernick is available Tampa.


    About an hour ago, Kaepernick addressed the. He said “no thanks, I’m going to take a knee on this one……”

  16. So a serial sexual predator is allowed to absorb no bad PR, despite being suspended and having to issue a non-apology apology. Goodell simply has no understanding of society and how bad this looks, and I agree with rickfol, this is Ray Rice all over again. Goodell tried to sweep that under the rug and only suspended Ray Rice for 2 games, luckily there was video evidence that the NFL and Goodell HAD SEEN PRIOR TO issuing the two game suspension, but once TMZ aired it and the public backlash – the Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely. Rice all over again, this commissioner needs to be fired.

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