Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston's camp is reportedly "prepared" for the NFL to suspend the quarterback for up to three games in the very near future. The report comes from ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron. Winston's suspension would be stemming from an incident from back in 2016.
Winston's suspension, according to Cameron, could range from one to three games. Here's the full quote, via JoeBucsFan.com:
“This is what I do know: the Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind,” Cameron continued. “The thought from the Winston camp is that would be a maximum of three games. I do not know at this time whether or not they plan to appeal, and I do not know that three games is an accurate number. I’ve been told that would seem to be the maximum number of games that the suspension could be. It’s also likely that it’s less than that and it’s one game.”
According to Cameron, Winston's suspension wouldn't come because of the alleged incident itself. It would come because of a "failure" to make a timely report of the allegation. Apparently, that violates the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
As for the alleged incident itself - BuzzFeed reported back in November of 2017 that a female Uber driver accused Winston of grabbing her crotch during a ride in March of 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alleged details are troubling, to say the least.
The men placed Winston in the front passenger seat — Kate said he was the only passenger. “I started driving, and right away, Jameis behaved poorly” by shouting, in part, homophobic slurs at pedestrians, said Kate, who did not want to be identified by her full name for fear of negative attention and potential backlash from football fans. He then asked to stop for food.
Waiting in line at the drive-thru of Los Betos Mexican Food, “he reached over and he just grabbed my crotch,” Kate said, alleging that Winston held his hand there for three to five seconds and removed it only after she looked up in shock and said, “What’s up with that?”
Tampa Bay has a tough schedule to open the season - taking on the Saints, Eagles and Steelers in their first three games. This is obviously a story to keep an eye on.