On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the NFL had officially suspended Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston for three games.

Rapoport also released Winston’s official statement in response to the suspension.

Jameis Winston Statement

“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.

I know I have to hold myself to a higher standard on and off the field and that I have a responsibility to my family, community, and teammates to live above the platform with which God has blessed me. I apologize to my teammates, the Buccaneers organization and fans for letting them down and for not being able to be out there for the first three games of the season. Although I am disappointed in the NFL’s decision, I understand the NFL’s process, and I embrace this as an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available to help me achieve the goals that I have for myself.

I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be.”

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

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]
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nybuccguy
nybuccguy
4 years ago

I hope the part about quitting alcohol is true. Seems like he gets rapey when hes drunk.

ScottC543
ScottC543
Reply to  nybuccguy
4 years ago

Yeah.

Ain’t alcohol wonderful?

Don
Don
Reply to  ScottC543
4 years ago

Actually it is. Millions of people can consume it responsibly and never get “rapey”.

WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
Reply to  Don
4 years ago

Well said, Don

Devasher
Devasher
4 years ago

To the faction of fans that believed the uber driver was a “gold digger” and Jameis was being framed I ask:

What do you think he’s apologizing for if he didn’t do anything wrong?

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

He’s apologizing because if he doesn’t then it’s going to open up such a tremendous can of worms that he’ll never hear the end of it and probably makes the NFL take back the deal they gave him. His suspension length is pretty damn suspicious for a guy who “admitted” to the crime.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

Did someone say the word “admitted”, seems odd you put that in quotes if that word was never in my post. You could say 3 games is light for a sexual battery offense, but it’s quite severe if you did nothing wrong. So if you believe he did absolutely nothing wrong, even though he did “admit” he has stopped drinking (which I guess tells you there was a problem with alcohol at minimum), and his alibi was found not to be credible, it would seem very weird that he would take the inevitable backlash associated with this and big hit… Read more »

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Devasher
3 years ago

I honestly believe he probably did it and she moved his hand off him. We’ll never know though. But nothing about this incident screams anything worth releasing him or any other ridiculous overcompensation. His suspension is a perfectly suitable punishment for a non-criminal action he may or may not have even done. The fanbase’s rapid reaction is insane. Sexual assault is an automatic six game suspension and the NFL has been extremely heavy handed on sentencing since Ray Rice. If the NFL REALLY had anything to go on, they would have gone full six and the Uber driver would have… Read more »

Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
4 years ago

Sounds like he did it. But in the end this was a drunken sexual advance, that he immediately stopped as soon as she said something. Still bad. But I have had ppl make worse drunken advances on me. At the end of the day. He made zero effort to push her. She declined and he stopped.

Its bad dont get me wrong. not the end of the world tho, and certainly not as bad as rothlisberger and others still playing through successful careers.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
4 years ago

Like, you’re aware Jameis was accused of rape in college right?

It’s so odd to continually hear people point out ‘What Roethlisberger did was worse’ while conveniently ignoring the giant red flag Jameis had and Licht supposedly spent a ton of time investigating before using the top pick on the draft on him in 2013.

Bizarre.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

*Top pick in 2015

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
4 years ago

So you have direct experience being sexually assaulted by a six foot four two hundred thirty something pound drunken star professional football player, and it was just like this young woman faced?

Or does it make a difference if the assailant was only five foot three, 125 pounds, and female?

SMH

Rape is almost always about someone with a large advantage in power (weapons, weight, strength, social position, or in a position of authority) abusing someone else at a big disadvantage.

Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

Rape?

If I recall the story that this girl actually gave. Jameis winston attempted a grand total of ZERO sexual actions after she implied that she was turning him down.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
4 years ago

I agree 100%. I have been saying the same all along. Im glad he apologized to the driver, apologized to the organization and fans and talked about how he’s changed in the meantime. Nothing to see here, move along.

Kimba
Kimba
4 years ago

I like this statemet and I am ok with 3 games off–glad it is not worse for the fact that he lied–we all know there was a separate uber ride with only him in it. I have to say alcohol is not surprisingly at the heart of his problems off field–it is not an unlikely suspect. Impulsive decisions when drunk are the hallmark of the alcoholic. Good–moving on!!!!!!!!!!

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
4 years ago

I like his statement, but “he can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?” This is his last chance or I believe he’ll be out of the league!

BucRy
BucRy
4 years ago

Sounds like we have a rapist as our qb, great.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
4 years ago

He put himself in a bad position and for that, hes a bone head. It seemed to me the entire time it was a drunken pass on a girl and he didn’t force the issue any further. But with his history and past, that’s just pretty damn stupid. These days the climate is just not like it used to be, you cant do that to women. I’ve seen probably way worse in the club on a Friday night , but that’s not an excuse. I think the bucs will let his play on the field determine if he stays or… Read more »

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Absolutely his play will determine his future, wins helps people forget about these things, just look at Big Ben and his past.

buddah
buddah
4 years ago

As fans, I think we need to let this go as well. We will never know precisely what happened. I’m ok with that. Life is saturated with uncertainty. He is suffering considerable consequences. He is being punished and he deserves punishment. If he didn’t believe he acted inappropriately, he would be appealing. He also will be losing a great deal of money going forward. Now we will see if he authentically means what he says and can become a better person. I’m willing to give him that opportunity. In fact, I’m rooting for him. I have no connection to FSU… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

Macabee, I’m curious to hear your response since you said you wanted to hear from Winston, the team and the police. PFT has posted statements from Winston, the team and the league. That may be as good as it gets.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  pinkstob
4 years ago

And happy to oblige you Pinkstob and my PR friends et al. No more conjecture, no more doubt, no more speculation – as it should be! We have the official statement from the NFL, a terse statement from the Bucs and a mea culpa from Winston. I said earlier that I was deeply disappointed in Jameis and his own words have confirmed my suspicions. I also suspect that there are those who want to say the Bucs never should have drafted him and Marcus Mariota is a better QB. As you recall I didn’t feel that way then and I… Read more »

bEubanks11
bEubanks11
4 years ago

The offense I can excuse like others have as an ill advised, drunken advance. Although, by not apologizing to fans and the organization for his untruthful attempt at sweeping this under the rug originally and owning what it was. He shows that he’s still hasn’t learned to stand up and own completely his actions. He’s only going to give what he has to and that’s it. As a man we all have to learn that honestly is better than self preservation. I hope he gets it somewhere through this process.

Devasher
Devasher
4 years ago

Trevor, you seem like a good dude. Go back and listen to that podcast from 6/21 and tell me if you agree with my post or not:

https://www.pewterreport.com/bucs-pewter-nation-podcast-episode-79-winston-worries-worsen/

To Scott: I hope this is an opportunity to reflect on some of your previous writings and opinions (Licht/Winston). I’ll be interested to see what you take from it.

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

Also, I recommended on this site that we draft QB Mason Rudolph this past draft since I knew he would have been available.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  pinkstob
4 years ago

Pink, if this was 2015 we would’ve strongly disagreed about Winston and the Winston/Mariota selection, but you nailed it. Mariota may never turn into a perennial Pro Bowler or (as I had felt) gets consistently injured and plays a style of football that will rarely see him hit 16 games a year. That said, you never have to worry about Mariota getting banned from the league or having substance abuse issues. Today, there is very real concern with Winston over both. I don’t know who would take the risk with Winston being one incident from the end of his career… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

Thanks!

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  pinkstob
4 years ago

The saddest part of this statement is thinking that Mason Rudolph is anywhere near Winston’s level.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

I don’t know, at this point after 37 years I can’t attest to how good I am at other facets of life (it’s all a work in progress) but if you check the PR archives I have proven to be excellent at scouting college and NFL players. We can always refer back to this article in a link after Rudolph has played in the NFL 3 years.

drdneast
drdneast
4 years ago

Just wait, a law suit it a housed settlement is right around the corner.
Good decision on the booze. I quit drunk 14 years ago and wished I had never started.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

Just a question drdneast but weren’t you accusing people who believed there was something to the accusation of Jameis after the alibi fell apart racist Trump supporters last week?

Just interested in your take now.

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

I know this is just trolling at this point but even a room temperature IQ can see how sprinkled up all these statements are to make it look like there wasn’t deals cut in the back. The NFL wanted to look tough on sexual assault but didn’t want another bad look when they just dealt with Zeke’s case last year. So they cut a deal with Winston and gave him a discount on his suspension if he doesn’t appeal it. Winston is fine since it cuts him out of the 3 hardest games that, let’s be fair, we had a… Read more »

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

I would argue that Winston apologizing to the uber driver is a pretty big blow to his credibility. It basically points to the fact that the previous denial and alibi were complete BS. It also adds fuel to the previous rape allegation. There are going to be a lot of fans and market value lost over this incident for him. If Winston’s reps were sure he could win an appeal, the difference between 3-6 games and the credibility with having a successful defense would have definitely been worth it especially given the structure of the current contract. Jameis would stand… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

Agree with your statements.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

I agree with you, I stopped seven years ago.

BuccaneerBill
BuccaneerBill
4 years ago

Just a note for all those that say Winston should be run out of town: The NFL is a business. Winston is no Lawrence Phillips, and how many chances did that guy get? The point is that as long as he can throw a football and understand the game as well, or better than the other 31 NFL starting quarterbacks – he’s likely to have a job somewhere. The Bucs aren’t getting rid of Winston anytime soon. BTW, I’m not getting into the facts of the case, I’ve already stated that it’s a he said/she said situation. I don’t know… Read more »

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Jameis Winston has apologized to the Uber driver and as far as I am concerned he has apologized to the public too. I believe that most of us can agree that this is his last chance with the Buccaneers; hopefully we will never have to discuss this situation again as to drugs or alcohol issues. Now u we focus on wins whoever our quarterback will be. Go Bucs!

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Speak for yourself. Last chance? You would have cut him already if you had the chance and no, I’m not going to let such a ridiculous statement go!

Horse
Horse
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

Really?

Cody
Cody
4 years ago

Praying for Teddy Bridgewater.

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Wasn’t really much doubt this happened. Can debate until blue in face if NFL over reacted, but end of day athletes and celebrities are held to higher standard and Jameis knew this. He’s very immature. An accused rapist hanging out with convicted rapist does what he does? This is going to be distraction and embarrassmemt for Bucs for a long time. He said the right things will see if he really changes. I said he has50/50 shot being here long term days ago and still believe that. I think a lot hinges on his play and how he handles himself… Read more »

Brandonges
Brandonges
4 years ago

Seriously Jameis, this was “uncharacteristic” for you?

Get bent

seat26
seat26
4 years ago

I am satisfied with the outcome, and Winston’s response. It is time to put this behind us and move on. Winston’s future will be determined by his play when he returns. If he has a big year and the Team prospers all will be forgiven. If he keeps clean and behaves like the professional he says he wants to be, Tampa can still have a good year.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Not an unexpected outcome. Sad, but at least he is acknowledging, as some here have, that alcohol may have played a part in his dubious behavior.

The young lady said Jameis “left his hand down there for 3-5 seconds”. That’s longer that he typically has to get off a pass. Most girls would have swatted it away in under 2 seconds.

diablo5597
diablo5597
3 years ago

Since when is grabbing a girl by the crotch considered a pass. A pass is saying, would you like to get a drink. Grabbing a girl by the crotch is the definition of sexual assault.