Last November, a report surfaced surrounding Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston where he was being accused of groping a female Uber driver. The allegations have since been at the league’s office being investigated.
There has not been any updates and as of last month, Winston has not been interviewed by the league.
Detroit Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia was investigated by the NFL for not disclosing sexual allegations against him from 1996. The league only took a little over week to clear him of any wrongdoing and will not hand down any discipline, stating that he was not at fault for not informing the team of his case from over 20 years ago.
Now, Patricia’s situation and Winston’s case are two different ones. However, the part that remains confusing is how the NFL quickly came to a conclusion in Patricia’s case, yet it seems like everyone is still in the dark when it comes to the allegations against Winston.
The latest that I received from a league contact was that the NFL was still looking into the background of the claims. And that was well over two months ago. That’s usually a good sign because there isn’t enough to hand down any punishment to Winston.
But how much longer do they wait? Is it that the league does not have much information from the allegations to continue moving forward? Are they hoping that more clarity comes from the accusations and that is why they are so focused on the claim itself? What is it that they are waiting for?
At some point, you’d think they are spinning their wheels or perhaps their minds are made up, leaving the case open for something to come up and drop the hammer of NFL law upon the 24-year-old. Still, it doesn’t make much sense. If there’s nothing to see, nothing to build off of from the original accusations, then just move on. But not the NFL. This is mind-boggling.
With each passing week, uncertainty continues to grow. No one truly knows what will the end result will be. That uncertainty should make the Bucs and Winston uncomfortable as the regular season inches closer.