Jameis Winston faces a three-game suspension. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely start the 2018 NFL season without the services of quarterback Jameis Winston. The QB is expected to be suspended for the first three games of the season. Winston’s suspension is the result of an NFL investigation. Due to allegations that the quarterback sexually assaulted an Uber driver. What do you think? Does this warrant a suspension? Do you believe the story?
According to multiple reports. The NFL has not yet notified Winston about the suspension. There is still a possibility that it can be increased or decreased.
If Winston is suspended for three games. Winston will lose $124,000 of his $705,000 base salary this season. The Bucs will also have to make a decision about Winston’s $20.9 million option for next season.
The alleged incident Winston is being suspended for occurred in March 2016, but it did not surface until it was reported by BuzzFeed in November 2017. After the report came out, the NFL initiated an investigation, which was spearheaded by NFL investigator Lisa Friel.
Since the investigation began, the Buccaneers have been waiting to hear from the league about any possible suspension of their star quarterback.
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The investigation began after a woman, who identified herself as “Kate,” told BuzzFeed that Winston grabbed her crotch while they were waiting on an order at a restaurant’s drive-thru window. According to ESPN, the restaurant did not have surveillance footage of the incident. Is a suspension warranted?
There were no charges filed by the police, but the driver filed a formal complaint with Uber. In her interview with BuzzFeed, the driver said 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Uber also confirmed the driver’s complaint and added that Winston’s Uber riding privileges have been revoked.
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Winston, who did not notify the NFL about the complaint, denied any wrongdoing, and added that the woman was mistaken about the number of passengers in the car. He also claimed that former Florida State teammate and current Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was also in the car.
Darby issued a statement backing Winston’s story. However it will not help is suspension.
“There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported,” Darby said. Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true.”