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NFL Warns Jameis Winston Of Potential Ban

Jameis Winston during a game against the Cardinals.

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 38-33. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning, the NFL handed down a three game suspension for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. The suspension is a result of an alleged incident with an Uber driver a couple of years ago, in which Winston allegedly groped a female driver.

Winston issued an apology on Facebook. "The NFL informed me today that I will be suspended for the first three games of the season.

First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize. In the past 2 1/2 years my life has been filled with experiences, opportunities and events that have helped me grow, mature and learn, including the fact that I have eliminated alcohol from my life."

In its statement about the suspension, the NFL warned Winston could face a ban from the league if he violates the personal conduct policy again.

Here's part of the statement, via NFL.com:

"A failure either to obtain the evaluation or to cooperate with treatment will result in further discipline," the league said in a statement. "In addition, a future violation of the personal conduct policy will result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL."

Winston will miss the first three games of the 2018 NFL season, but the NFL made it clear a much larger penalty is looming if Winston runs afoul of the NFL's rules again.

Details of Winston's alleged incident can be found here. Winston is scheduled to miss games against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers - who had a combined record of 37-11 during the 2017 season.