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Why The NFL Is Suspending Jameis Winston For 3 Games

A closeup of Jameis Winston wearing a black Florida State hat.

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston attends the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The NFL is suspending quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. The suspension will reportedly be officially handed down as soon as Friday.

Schefter says that the suspension could be altered (either more games or less games) before the decision is officially reached. However, Schefter does not expect Winston to appeal the punishment.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is being suspended for an incident that happened a couple of years ago. Winston was allegedly involved in an altercation in an Uber ride.

Buzzfeed had reported in November 2017 that Winston was involved in an incident in March of 2016. 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. The 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?”

ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron first reported news of the potential suspension.

“This is what I do know: the Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind,” Cameron said. “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."

As Schefter said, the suspension could be officially handed down on Friday. Stay tuned.