If Jameis Winston wants to stay home and watch the draft with his family in Alabama, that is just fine with Roger Goodell.
The NFL commissioner sat down with MMQB’s Peter King over the weekend at the NFL owners meeting and addressed the subject.
He was clear that he wanted to spend time with with his family,” Goodell said. “We’ve had that occur several occasions over the years.”
Many feel that Winston will be selected by the Buccaneers who hold the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
The last overall pick to skip the draft was Dan Wilkinson who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Bengals back in 1994.
“I wouldn’t know because I wasn’t part of those invites,” Goodell said. “But I’m not concerned with that. I think that it’s something we respect when a player says I’d like to be with my family on that day. It’s an important day for them also.”
In the sit down video interview, Goodell also discussed the meeting requested by Winston earlier this month and said he was clear what the league expects from Winston going forward as an NFL player in regards to the league’s code of conduct policy.
– Winston photo by Cliff Welch/PR
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As if Roger was publicly going to state they don’t want him there because of the publicity fallout from women’s groups.
With Sharper just getting 9 years for drugging and sexually assaulting several woman and the fallout of Dallas signing Hardy~ the NFL is likely happy with JW staying home.
The media will likely use the draft as yet another platform to stick it to the NFL and to highlight the conduct of some of its players~especially if JW is first pick.
In todays media being accused is the same as being guilty unless you are a rich old white guy.It is harder to find the truth behind alligations these days as media outlets are savy with the way the cover their own ass after reporting falsehoods or half truths…
Who’s to say he don’t sit in the green room all night? I would rather be with my family also. Didn’t one off the draftees just recently went fishing instead of going to the draft?
I think you are referring to Joe Thomas of the Browns.
YES, thats who I was thinking about.
It was only a few years ago that once a player’s name was called the donned the hat of their new team and went out on stage to shake the Commissioner’s hand. Then one day, this kid from Oklahoma named Gerald McCoy decided to give ol’ Roger a big bear hug. (without “Can I get a hug?” permission I might add) Had that been Michael Sam, we might have all witnessed an incident that would conjure up the idea of homophobic motives. Now that hug is as common as the dumping of Gatorade. Perhaps young Jameis simply wants to avoid any controversy if, in the excitement of the moment, he forgets to ask Roger permission to approach and give him the big McCoy-esque squeeze. Being somewhat overly cautious by accusations and condemnations that followed the last time he thought he had the green light to continue; Winston and the NFL may be working on a legal disclaimer document for Roger and Winston to sign and have notarized giving the draftee authorization to follow a specific set of guidelines for the anticipated physical contact. # 1-shake the hand, but no clasping with the other hand. # 2-an optional short double arm hug of no more than three seconds duration and the hands may not stray below the beltline. #3-during the photo, the arm may drape over the shoulder only until the picture has been snapped then immediately removed. There is no touching of the neck or back of the head permitted nor may the hand venture into the breast area. #4-No butt slap of any kind. #5-once the 60 seconds on the platform has expired, the draftee must then exit the Commissioner’s personal space and leave the stage. He may wave to the crowd without making any hand-gestures or uttering any popular phrases. #6-No public statements about the Commissioners breath, flabby mid-section, coarse skin, distinct body odor or any other personal information may be revealed. When asked if he was going to attend the Draft, Winston should respond with the catch phrase, “No means No”. We should respect his choice and move on.
That was good for a chuckle there Scu. It’s only a story because it’s Jameis. But I would love to see a player go out there and give a good game ass slap to Goodelle just one time. It would be hysterical. He would probably catch air as big as some of these kids are.
I’D THINK THAT WAS ATERRIBLE DESCISION THAT QB JAMEIS WINSTON DID. HE CAN STAY AT HOME. THAT’S REALLY I MEAN WOULD MAKE A FEW BUCS FANS GET UPSET. MR. WINSTON WHY WOULDN’T YOU SHOW UP FOR THE BIGGEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. BEING THE NO#1 PICK HAPPENS ONLY ONCE EACH DRAFT. THIS REMINDS ME OF THE BO JACKSON PICKED. I THINK TAMPA SHOULD DRAFT THE OTHER QB FROM OREGON. MARIOTA WOULD BE A GREAT FACE ON THE BUCS ORGANIZATION. OR TRADE DOWN AND GET FOUR TO FIVE DRAFT CHOICES TO SOLIFIED THE BUCS. ANOTHER QB I WOULD SELECT IS BRET HUNDLEY FROM UCLA. ONE TEAM I WOULD TRADE DOWN WITH IS THE CLEVELAND THEY HAVE #12 &19 IN RD-1 1 PICK IN RD-2 1 PIVCK IN RD-3 MULT PICKS IN RD-4 & 6.IF CLEVELAND WANTS TO GET FINALLY A GOOD QB. TAMPA SHOULD ASK FOR BOTH #1 PICKS IN RD-1, A PICK IN RD-2 OR A PICK IN RD-3 A PICK IN RD-4 AND A PICK IN RD-6. CLEVE WOULD HAVE TB PICK AT #1, CLEVE NO#2 PICK AND A PICK IN 4,5,6,&7. AND TAMPA WOULD HAVE 5 ADDITIONAL PICKS. GO BUCS
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