After an NFL investigation that has lasted over eight months, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has finally been told of his fate.
The league informed Winston that he would be suspended for three games to start the 2018 season.
“First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber drive for the position I put you in,” Winston said via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize. In the past 2 1⁄2 years, my life has been filled with experiences, opportunities and events that have helped me grow, mature and learn, including the fact that I have eliminated alcohol from my life.”
The full statement can be read below.
The Buccaneers have released a statement regarding the league’s decision.
“All members of our organization are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Personal Conduct Policy of the NFL. We are disappointed that Jameis put himself in a position that has been found to violate the policy and accept today’s decision by the Commissioner.”
The league has also provided their communications release. They state that they find the driver’s claims to be credible.
“The league promptly initiated a comprehensive investigation that included interviews with several persons, including the driver, Winston and others with relevant information. The league also examined an extensive amount of other evidence, including telephone records, business records, data from electronic devices and other communications. Based on the investigation, the NFL found that Winston had violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, which allows for discipline to be imposed even when criminal charges are not presented.
“In his letter advising Winston of the suspension, Jones stated after full consideration of the record, including a meeting with Winston and his representatives, and a written submission by his attorneys, that the driver’s account of the incident was consistent and credible. As a result, the investigation had concluded that Winston violated the Personal Conduct Policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate.”
The NFL also adds that “Winston is also required to obtain a clinical evaluation and fully cooperate in any recommended program of therapeutic intervention,” which is what was suggested as a potential condition to his suspension.
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