ESPN The NFL is planning to suspend Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston the first three games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, per league sources. The planned suspension stems from an alleged incident with an Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016. The league still has not notified Winston of its official decision, and the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games, per sources. One source said Winston could be notified as early as Friday, but others think it is will be handed down sometime in the next week, per sources. An appeal could be discussed, but they have proven to be largely fruitless in the past, most recently with Cowboys running back Ezekeil Elliott, who was suspended six games last August. NFL investigator Lisa Friel helped spearhead the investigation that would see the suspension of another NFL star. ESPN Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron initially reported this week on his talk show that Winston was bracing to be suspended. The alleged incident occurred in March 2016 but did not surface until BuzzFeed reported the accusation in November 2017. The NFL initiated its investigation — with Friel at the forefront of it — and the Buccaneers have been waiting to hear from the league. The league began its investigation in November 2017 when a woman, who identified herself as “Kate,” told BuzzFeed that Winston reached over and grabbed her crotch while waiting at a drive-thru at Los Betos Mexican Food at 2 a.m. Restaurant management told ESPN that they did not have security footage of the drive-thru. No police charges were filed but the driver did file a formal complaint with Uber. She told BuzzFeed that she wanted to tell the truth “about a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job.” Uber confirmed to ESPN that Winston’s riding privileges were revoked, but Winston did not notify the league of the complaint. Winston denied the allegations and said he believes the woman was mistaken as to the number of passengers in the car and his location within the vehicle. Former Florida State teammate and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby said he was also a passenger in the vehicle and corroborated Winston’s account, which was that he and Winston were in the vehicle’s back seat and that a third person was in the passenger seat. Darby did not identify the name of the third passenger publicly. The Uber driver’s attorney, John Clune, disputed Darby’s account, saying that Winston was the only passenger in the vehicle.
Shocking breaking news, the NFL will likely suspend Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season, after allegations that Winston grabbed the crotch of a female Uber driver at a Scottsdale Mexican restaurant in March of 2016. This seems to be a “he said, she said l” situation, and Winston denies the allegations, but if the NFL has proof that he forced himself upon the woman then Winslow must be suspended. If there is no proof, and Winslow has not admitted guilt, can he really be suspended?