It’s been long speculated that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will receive some kind of suspension from the NFL after allegations were made against him for groping a female Uber driver. We just didn’t know when.
It now appears we have something a bit more concrete.
According to ESPN Tallahassee’s Jeff Cameron, Winston’s camp is ready for the league to announce his suspension, all but confirming the inevitable. (Via Joe Bucs Fan)
“This is what I do know: the Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind,” Cameron continued. “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.”
Cameron added that the suspension would not be from evidence that the league was able to find that made validated the accusations, but that he would be suspended for merely failing to report the incident before it went public. In other words, the league is embarrassed that they were not able to get out in front of this allegation and prepare properly from a public relations standpoint.
This in essence coincides what I have heard from a couple channels, one being from a league source directly telling me some time ago that they were still looking into the background of the claims on whether or not pieces of the story were true. So while there may not have been evidence that made Winston guilty, the shield must continue with setting an example in some way. And it’s all in black and white.
One thing to add here is that Cameron states there will be no criminal charges forthcoming. Below is the audio in its entirety.