ESPN is reporting that Jameis Winston will be suspended for several games to start the 2018 season.
It is alleged that Winston groped a female Uber driver in March 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona. There was no police report filed by the driver and Winston failed to report it to the league. The NFL opened a formal investigation into Winston on November 17, 2017, following contact by Buzzfeed News.
The following statement was released by Winston on November 17, 2017 following the news the league head office was investigating.
“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.
“I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver, and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.”
NFL is planning to suspend Buccaneers’ QB Jameis Winston the first three games of the season for violating the personal conduct policy, league sources tell ESPN.
ESPN’s Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron initially reported Winston was bracing to be suspended – and he will be.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2018
#Bucs QB Jameis Winston has not been notified of his suspension, nor has the team, sources said. But the expectation is he’s off the field for several games. The next similar circumstance will mean a one-year suspension for Winston.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 21, 2018
The reason for the suspension is less so from the alleged incident and more so because of the lack of notifying the league about the incident.
This is not Winston’s first accusation of sexual misconduct.
The Buccaneers currently have three other quarterbacks on the roster: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin and Austin Allen.
We will update this article as news breaks.