Jameis Winston suspended 3 games….
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 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 Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six games last August.
Important to note, this is likely why he’s suspended, and not out of a job, or at least suspended much longer…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.
His former teammate, Ronald Darby is also under fire, because he came to bat for Jameis, and said he was in the car, and that nothing happened. Well, as it turns out, he was not. This obviously did not help Jameis Winston’s case.
There’s a lot to unpack here:
I’m going to start with the most simplistic and meaningless in regards to a story of this magnitude, the Bucs back up in Ryan Fitzpatrick – and their 1st 3 games are as follows, @Saints, home- Eagles, home- Steelers. So, the Bucs are starting 0-3. Now that we have that settled, the important stuff…
I don’t know many people who have been accused of sexual assault, thankfully, but if I did – and it happened once – and I trusted the person, I’d probably give them the benefit of the doubt. If it happened again, I would not. I am going to treat Jameis the same way. I’m not saying he’s guilty, I’m just saying – I don’t trust that he’s a good human.
If the Bucs could go back to the 2015 draft, they’re taking Marcus Mariota…we can all agree on that now, right?