After nearly a month of silence since the announcement of a three-game suspension by the NFL for violating its Code of Conduct policy, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston finally addressed the situation following the opening day of training camp on Thursday from the new indoor practice facility.

Here is a transcript of Winston’s press conference in its entirety:

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(On if he apologized to the team)
“I talked to them yesterday and I apologized to them. I don’t want to be a distraction, I just want to focus on the season and move forward.”

(On not taking first team reps and when he was informed about that)
“I got mixed in there. Again, it’s not about me, it’s about us. So I’m going to focus on being the best teammate I can be, and ball out on the football field.”

(On how he could put himself in another position like this even after the Florida State issue)
“Again, I’m just focused on moving forward. That’s all I can do is grow and learn from this situation. It’s a learning experience, so I’ll work hard as I’ve continued to work hard both on and off the field.”

(On how long he’s stopped drinking for after putting out a public statement)
“I’ve made a lot of positive strides since I’ve been here. So I’ve got to continue to grow as a man, as a person, as a leader, as a father. I know I can’t put myself in situations like that.”

(On what he would say to fans that are disappointed in him and don’t think he should be their quarterback anymore)
“I understand why they’re disappointed. I’m disappointed. I should have never put myself in that situation, all I can do is learn and grow. When I talk to the fans I say continue to support this team, continue to support me. Since I’ve been here my main goal was to grow as a leader, be a huge advocate in the community, and I’ve done that. I’m going to continue to do that.”

(On the NFL report)
“They made their decision. There’s nothing I can say beyond that. They made a decision, and I have to look at myself and grow and learn from this experience.”

(On if he’s in a program or being treated for alcohol or substance abuse)
“Again, I’ve made a lot of positive strides since I’ve been here. So I got to continue to grow, and when I cross that road, I’ll have to face it.”

(On whether he should still be considered the face of the team in front of the fans)
“It’s not about me. I’m going to do whatever I can to dive into this community, dive into my teammates and be a great support system for them. My whole thing as a player is to focus on my teammates and not myself individually.”

(On what he’s learned from all this)
“I’ve just learned that you can’t put yourself in these situations and that’s the most important thing. This happened after my rookie year, I think I’ve made a lot of positive changes since then.”

(On the reaction of his teammates)
“I’ve had full support from ownership on down. Definitely addressing my teammates personally, I know that meant a lot to them, because it’s about them. I don’t want to be a distraction, I want to put this behind me, behind us and move forward.”

(On his understanding that the team needs to get Ryan Fitzpatrick ready for first three games)
“Yes, as a teammate first, I understand it’s about the team. I’m going to be there for Fitz as much as I can. It’s also about getting Ryan ready as well. I’m going to take my position and my influence on this team is going to be positive and I’ll be their best support system they can have.”

(On taking a step back and letting Fitzpatrick lead)
“You know this actually gives me an opportunity to take a step back and lead from behind the scenes. I actually get a chance to observe my teammates and help from behind the scenes and let Ryan take the show. Ryan has been here and been in this situation before so I’m blessed to have a player of that caliber taking on the ranks.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Runole
Runole
3 years ago

Good Lord…

That was more like a KGB session in Russia than something that would happen in America.

Surprised Winston wasn’t asked to give up his first born child. How many times does one have to answer essentially the same question?

Is it necessary to be an Obsessive Compulsive to be a reporter today? Is that now essential to the job description?

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Runole
3 years ago

I actually thought the reporters questions were spot on and relevant. The questions seemed the same because the answers seemed the same but generally didn’t answer the last question.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  pinkstob
3 years ago

+1

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Runole
3 years ago

I could only imagine your response if you followed a New York based team. Your head might explode Runole. Having followed both New York and Tampa teams you have no idea how good Jameis has it compared to other markets. And the story of this and questions are on Jameis. He’s the one who’s conduct got him suspended for 3 games. He’s the one who liked about it for almost a year and ensured that an investigation would be needed to prove otherwise. No one to blame for this but him. I hope he grows from it, but all of… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
3 years ago

Time will tell, he is broken and even with off field issues solved another year of turnovers and losing record will send him packing by new coach and GM
This year schedule is unfairly hard not all will survive it.

Wausa
Wausa
3 years ago

Jamies is a young man that is overall a good person, but has made some questionable decisions. Most reporters want to sensationalize stories and therefore want to either portray someone as pure evil or the best thing since sliced bread. The reality is that most people are good but everyone makes mistakes and I think Jamies is like the vast majority of people. Jamies is asking for forgiveness and seems to be contrite. He has been an a very positive influence in the community and has the skills to be an elite QB. I would hope fans will be forgiving… Read more »

scot pederson
scot pederson
3 years ago

His lawyer must have coached him very well how to play dodge ball with the Nitty Gritty questions.

Runole
Runole
3 years ago

I have had less questions at a IRS audit. Too much trying for a “gotcha” moment. 2 and1/2 years ago is a long time.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Runole
3 years ago

Dude was lying about the event until recently. If Jameis admitted he couldn’t recall the events right off the bat and not try to get his friends involved this matter would have already concluded last season.

Stop with the 2 and a half years ago BS. The lies are a lot fresher than that.

pinkstob
pinkstob
3 years ago

I kept having to re-read each question to make sure I hadn’t forgotten it since the answers were generally unrelated to the question. I actually re-read the question about how long since he’d stopped drinking and his answer four times to see if I could find any correlation.

JayBuc52
JayBuc52
3 years ago

Classy move by his coach and the owners to be there for Jameis and have his back and support him like Green Bay did for Favre and Pitt did for Roethlissburger. Oh wait, the Bucs just hung him out to fend for himself and pretended he’s not part of the team.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  JayBuc52
3 years ago

Could it be because he wasn’t honest with ownership about it? If you lie to your boss when you get caught doing something you think the boss is supposed to have your back when the truth comes out?

Devasher
Devasher
3 years ago

Also, esteemed future HOF GM Jason Licht apparently did an amazing amount of research about Jameis when he drafted him number one overall in spite of a rape allegation. I imagine one of the things he tracked was Winston’s suspension against Clemson for yelling out a profanity in the student (Ogelsby) Union. Initially the suspension was only a half but doubled for the game as more information came out. It was reported by Rachel Nichols at the time that it was because Jameis was less than honest and about the situation and increased suspension was about his reaction to it… Read more »

Devasher
Devasher
3 years ago

Also, esteemed future HOF GM Jason Licht apparently did an amazing amount of research about Jameis when he drafted him number one overall in spite of a rape allegation. I imagine one of the things he tracked was Winston’s suspension against Clemson for yelling out a profanity in the student (Ogelsby) Union. Initially the suspension was only a half but doubled for the game as more information came out. It was reported by Rachel Nichols at the time that it was because Jameis was less than honest and about the situation and increased suspension was about his reaction to it… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan
Buc-n-Philly Fan
Reply to  Devasher
3 years ago

Dude, you are over the top. Your perspective may be misguided. You are entitled to your opinion and free to express it but damn, you are a real Negative Nancy. I totally disagree with your perception/opinion of Jason Licht. You seem to forget that these are people, humans. They make mistakes. But hey, throw all the vitreol that you can muster. You just seem to be real happy being negative.

I feel bad for you…..

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Buc-n-Philly Fan
3 years ago

I feel bad for someone who looks positively at a 22-42 GM who knows the basement of the NFC South better than anyone being perpetually propped up by his sycophants and friends in the media. I feel bad for fans who were just as supportive of Mark Dominik until years later it turned out that his draft successes were an illusion, who are incapable of realizing they are making the same exact mistake they made 5 years ago. It’s one thing to root for a person or player, but give credit where credit is due, Jason Licht did all of… Read more »

buddah
buddah
3 years ago

This is boring. He is not a convict, and even if he were, when a convict serves his time, he is supposed to get a chance to redeem himself. Pewter Report is becoming a one pony enterprise. I am a fan of the Buccaneers. I want them to succeed. They have the talent to succeed this year. Can we let go of this for awhile and just focus on the players that are not suspended and how they are preparing for a demanding season. I don’t come here to show how much more I know than everyone else. I come… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan
Buc-n-Philly Fan
Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

Great comment! Folks seem to be happier dwelling in the negative. Negative gets negative.

Cheers Bro and Go Bucs!!

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

+1 for buddah

Go Bucs !!!

makski
makski
Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

Awesome!! Couldn”t have said it better!!

Actually, +10 for buddah, at least

Dman
Dman
Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

+ 1 Thanks, buddah.

Jlog
Jlog
3 years ago

I don’t care what he says, it doesn’t matter at all to me. What I do care about is what he does on and off the field. Most importantly the turn overs have to come down by 50% at least. More specifically it’s his fumbles that are killing that stat for him right now

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

+1