So far the Bucs offseason has been rather positive. There has been all kinds of buzz with new players and a new coach around the rookie mini-camp, OTAs and the mandatory mini-camp (where all players were present). But, amidst the positive vibes there has always been a dark cloud in the background, and that is the on going investigation by the NFL of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s alleged involvement in a female Uber driver’s allegation that Winston groped her during a stop at the drive-through of a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 13, 2016.

Since November when the news broke, things have been pretty silent and ambiguous.

Until now.

On Wednesday, on ESPN Radio 97.9 in Tallahassee, long-time host Jeff Cameron said that Winston’s camp is, in fact, preparing for a 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.”

Cameron hosts a popular radio show in Tallahassee where Winston played college football at Florida State University. He has followed Winston throughout his entire career, even going back to high school. He even attended Winston’s draft party when he was selected by the Buccaneers back in 2015.

“What he’ll be suspended over is a failure to report,” Cameron said. “And that’s frustrating. That’s a league obviously attempting, and understandably because they’ve made previous mis-steps, transgressions, they’re now apt to protect themselves to the nth degree and protect the shield, and so on and so forth… Under current conduct policy, you have to, as a player… promptly report any matter that comes to their attention that may constitute a violation of policy.

You can hear the audio for yourself in the video below starting at the 20:15 mark.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

24 COMMENTS

  1. I have been coming on to this site for years, haven’t made an account until now just to express my disappointment and frustration I have as a long life bucs fan.

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    • Just to be clear, I’m not jumping ship..just frustrated.

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  2. What a joke.

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  3. The league is just begging me to withhold my NFL Sunday Ticket money plus the money I was going to spend on attending games this year. Corrupt to the core.

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  4. Both of you guys confuse the hell out of me.
    Neither one of you offered up a reason or a subject you were frustrated with.
    I know the topic of the story is Winston, but you made no mention of him.
    In the meantime it has been I think 8 months since this story was reported.
    Does it really take 8 months to investigate whether or not a player grabbed someone’s crotch if only 3 or 4 people were involved in the incident.
    Give me a break.

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    • What’s not to be frustrated about? How long has it been since we’ve been to the playoffs? 3 possible games for failure to report? It’s always something with the bucs that holds us back. I love this team and have high hopes for this team, but possibly having to start off without Winston this year with our brutal schedule is rough.

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  5. Suspension of what? If nothing happened then what was there to report? This is total bs.

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  6. Well that sucks for sure. I figured it would be one game, three would be insane for a failure to report. At the mercy of the league unfortunately and in this climate, they gonna make a statement.

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  7. ASSUMING this is true, it sucks. It’s still not the end of the world. You either believe in the team or not. This whole investigation has more to do with the league than Winston.

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  8. If nothing happens then there is nothing to report. It’s nonsense. By trying to protect the shield, the league is transparently corrupt.

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  9. Will Darby also be suspended? He said nothing happened, did he lie to the NFL, you don’t get suspended for that? At some point it would be nice if the NFL sided with their players. I also thought failure to report language was put in after Winston’s incident.

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    • Winston was alone with her when it happened, that part of where he lost credibility.

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      • Pretty sure Darby and another former Seminole player were also in the car.

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        • Nope it’s been known since the first week it came out he was alone at the time based off the uber records.

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  10. For those saying if nothing happened what’s to report…well maybe something happened. Maybe it wasn’t Winston that did it. Either way…Winston knew about the alleged incident and he didn’t report it to the NFL or the Bucs. That alone is a suspendable offence. It sucks…but even if he didn’t do anything wrong to the girl…as soon as someone comes after him…he should have told the league. He didn’t.

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  11. Let’s see. I’m walking down the hall my sophomore year of high school and a rather homely classmate thinks I touched her down there. She screams for all to hear, “Scubog touched my cooter!” but does nothing else. I shrug my shoulders and keep walking. I go through my whole junior year, then come back for my senior year and get suspended from school because I didn’t go to the principal’s office and report the accusation nearly two years prior. NFL must stand for Never Found Logical.

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    • “Scubdog touched my cooter”!!!!! I literally Laughed Out Loud!!!! That was some funny shit and a very accurate thought process…

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  12. Look at it from the point Bucs have a chance to win couple more games since Bucs record under Fitz is much better.

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    • You should just truly slink away to another site. You are not a Bucs fan. Go follow the Patriots bandwagoner.

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      • What is the Philly in Buc-N-Philly Fan?

        I same something positive like Bucs can win an extra couple games and still catch hell!
        Only because they did win under Fitz when the defence gets a rest.

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        • Dude, you can’t can’t even spell defense. You should just stay quiet….

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  13. NFL is stupid. Corrupt. Annoying. Etc. they are playing cover your ass because they have been tarnished (rightfully so imo) by the Rice incident etc.

    Scubog your analogy doesn’t work though as a high school student and a celebrity sports star don’t have the same rules like it or not.

    Mike.seven your comments are asinine as usual. Yeah your right Fitz gives us a better chance to win because we got lucky and scraped out a couple wins against garbage teams with him. Wonder why teams weren’t lining up to sign Fitz even as a back up two years ago? Comments are so dumb can’t even take you seriously at all.

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    • I know Fredster we won 3 games with Jamies last year against real powerhouses Like Chicago, New York Giants and already seeded NO.
      Any team with winning record and needed wins beat the Bucs last year.
      I know all the INTs lost fumbles personal fouls getting Evans suspended were not Jamies fault they were the defence fault
      This franchise bust is in the final year!
      The new coach and GM will use the first pick in the draft on QB.

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  14. Him getting suspended right at the beginning of the year, could actually end up being the best thing for this club in the long run. Cause now we do get to see what the team looks like with and without him. We get to compare for a 2nd time whether he’s worth anything or not on the field.

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