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.
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.