Buccaneers players not named Jameis Winston had to answer questions about Jameis Winston

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The Buccaneers have reported to training camp, and the face of the franchise didn’t show his face when the time came to speak to the media.

As explained by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, quarterback Jameis Winston wasn’t made available to reporters on Wednesday. Which meant that the players who were made available were made to answer questions about Jameis Winston. Which made for, as Stroud put it, a “clunky, awkward and uncomfortable” launch of training camp.

Linebacker Lavonte David, one of three players who spoke, called Winston’s alleged/actual groping of an Uber driver in March 2016 a “silly mistake.”

“He knows it, we all know it,” David told reporters. “He knows we’ve got his back and he’s going to learn from it because from whenever it happened until now, he’s matured a lot. Jameis is a guy who is all about his business. He’s going to come to work, do what’s right. He’s going to have your back and we’re going to have his back. All he can do is keep his spirits up and we’ll hold it down until he gets back.”

Said receiver Mike Evans, “I mean I don’t know the whole situation and nobody does but the people that were there so I don’t speak too much on that.”

The one guy who knows the “whole situation” is Winston. But Winston was nowhere to be seen. And so players like David, Evans, and Ali Marpet had to explain for Winston’s behavior. Which is hardly an ideal way to start the season.

Meanwhile, coach Dirk Koetter also didn’t speak to reporters. As Stroud notes, Koetter usually talks to the media after the first training-camp practice. Given these unusual circumstances, however, it would have made sense for Koetter to go first, to address all questions, and to help take some of the heat away from the players who surely were wondering why they and not Winston were expected to talk about Winston.

12 responses to “Buccaneers players not named Jameis Winston had to answer questions about Jameis Winston

  1. The Bucs have the toughest opening 3 game stretch in the Superbowl era. Here’s to hoping Fitz starts 3-0 , so we can stop punching keys or wasting our collective breath on this guy .

  2. The things said by teammates about Jameis Winston are almost laughable, if they weren’t so pathetic. Grabbing a woman’s crotch is a “silly mistake”. Actually, it’s sexual assault, and not his first time. “Jameis is a guy who’s all about his business”. Uh-huh. “From whenever it happened until now, he’s matured a lot”. Come on, we as fans know this dude’s history. I know that you are all trying to say positive things about him, but please…don’t insult our intelligence. They guy needs professional help.

  3. Good job by the masterminds that own the team. Not having the HC of the TBB address the media really highlights the faith that ownership has in their coach. Where was Koetter, in the principal’s office?

  4. Linebacker Lavonte David, one of three players who spoke, called Winston’s alleged/actual groping of an Uber driver in March 2016 a “silly mistake.”

    So sexual assault is a silly mistake now? I get it. He’s your teammate and you want to defend him but this statement is so tone deaf it’s appalling.

  5. Unless directly involved in any of winston’s prior clandestine activities, I wouldn’t comment on anything that involves him. In fact, I would distance myself, defer questions, & redirect inquiries to his agent…whenever he gets one.

  6. You think he would have “matured a lot” when he got caught stealing crab legs, or being accused of rape. I’m sure he matured this time. If not there is always next time.

  7. Pathological issue’s aren’t mistakes… the guy isn’t wired right and my guess is that having a team of built in enablers and millions of dollars doesn’t make bad eggs better.

  8. Out of sight, out of mind is probably the best way for the players and coach to respond to the media questions about Jameis.

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