Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston issued an apology on Thursday to the Uber driver who accused him of sexually assaulting her. On Friday, the driver, whose name is Kate, issued her first public statement since the incident. Kate was driving Winston after he left a nightclub in Scottsdale, Ariz. in March 2016 after he became intoxicated, and Winston allegedly grabbed her crotch while they waited in a restaurant drive-thru lane.
The details that have come out since the NFL announced a three-game suspension for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston are a bit odd. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said three games was a negotiated settlement between the league and Winston. Winston didn’t have to admit guilt from an incident in which he was accused of groping an Uber driver.
The NFL apparently doesn’t believe much in the right to a speedy trial. Earlier this week the league announced it was suspending Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston over an incident in March of 2016 in which he allegedly groped an Uber driver. On late Friday afternoon (news dump!), ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, who signed a five-year, $40 million extension this offseason, had been suspended for the team’s regular-season opener.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was officially suspended three games Thursday for a violation of the NFL's personal-conduct policy at the conclusion of an ongoing league investigation into an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016. The NFL "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." Winston, 24, accepted the suspension, which had first been reported last week. "First and foremost, I would like to say I'm sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released starting guard J.R. Sweezy, the team
Sweezy started 14 games for Tampa Bay last season during the second season of
a five-year, $32.5 million deal. He missed the final two games after breaking
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first three games of the season. Most stories have said that means Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Weeks 1-3, while Winston will start Week Four. Although the Buccaneers don’t appear ready to move on from Winston, as some in Tampa are calling on them to do, they might not be ready to go to Winston immediately when he returns, either.
The NFL has suspended Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported and Winston confirmed to him. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported the suspension was the result of settlement talks between the NFL, NFLPA and Winston's reps, and there will be no appeal.