Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is facing a potentially career-defining year, and he’s getting some help from an NFL legend to try and turn things around.
Winston, who will miss the first three games of the 2018 season due to suspension, has enlisted Randy Moss to mentor him.
“He’s doing things right,” Moss told Fox 13, via Florida Football Insiders. “It’s a bump in the road … Man, just continue to fight. It happens … What he did was wrong. You know. I’m not saying right or wrong. There was a woman involved. So, I’m not going to get into all of that. What he did was wrong. He know (sic) it was wrong. So, I think it’s up to him as a man to understand what he did wrong, to live and learn from it and let it go.”
Winston is alleged to have sexually assaulted an Uber driver, and the NFL suspended him for it. The Buccaneers are probably getting very tired of dealing with this, and he needs to turn things around and shape up. Perhaps Moss, who had plenty of off-field issues in his college days, can help.
Jameis Winston is dealing with some serious image issues in the wake of his three-game suspension, but that has not stopped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback from thinking about his next contract.
NFLPA records show that Winston recently parted ways with his agents, Greg Genske and Kenny Felder. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, Winston had been planning to change representation for months, as Genske and Felder are predominantly baseball agents and Winston wants someone with more experience to negotiate his next NFL contract.
Winston has to wait five days before he can hire a new agent, so it’s unclear if he already has new representation lined up. Given his disappointing play in 2017 and the off-field issues he has dealt with, you have to wonder how difficult it will be to negotiate Winston’s next contract.
Winston is under contract through 2019, but there has been some talk about the Bucs potentially parting ways with him. The 24-year-old has faced a ton of criticism and didn’t exactly deny sexually assaulting an Uber driver in his statement of apology, and you have to wonder if he is worth the headaches. At the very least, Winston has probably cost himself a lot of money. That should make him less appealing to agencies.
Jameis Winston was officially informed on Thursday that he will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback responded by issuing a statement of apology.
In a post on Facebook, Winston apologized to the Uber driver who accused him of sexually assaulting her for “the position I put you in.” He also vowed to hold himself to a higher standard going forward.
“First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in,” Winston wrote. “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.”
Winston has been accused of inappropriately touching an Uber driver in Arizona back in 2016. The woman went public with the allegations last year, claiming Winston grabbed her crotch without consent in a drive-through line at a fast food restaurant. Ronald Darby, Winston’s former teammate at Florida State, vouched for the QB and said he was also in the car and that nothing happened. However, details that have been pieced together make it seem like Winston took a separate Uber ride that same night without Darby, which is when the alleged incident took place.
Winston was not charged in the incident, but the NFL decided to suspend him anyway after an independent investigation.
Keyshawn Johnson is a former NFL star who should know plenty about becoming a distraction to his team, but he clearly feels that the issues Jameis Winston is dealing with go far beyond that.
Speaking on his KSPN-AM 710 radio show this week, Johnson said he couldn’t help but draw the conclusion that there is “something wrong mentally” with Winston after he heard about the alleged incident involving the quarterback and an Uber driver.
“When I saw [the Jameis report] I thought, ‘Man, you just can’t stay out of trouble,’” Johnson said, as transcribed by JoeBucsFan.com. “And there’s something, and I’m not a doctor, nor do I plan on being, but there’s something wrong with you. If this is in fact true, the fact that you keep coming up with some type of sexual behavioral problems towards women, there’s something wrong mentally. I don’t care what anyone says. There’s something wrong.”
Winston, of course, has been suspended three games after he was accused of inappropriately touching an Uber driver in Arizona back in 2016. The woman went public with the allegations last year, claiming Winston grabbed her crotch without consent in a drive-through line at a fast food restaurant. Ronald Darby, Winston’s former teammate at Florida State, vouched for the QB and said he was also in the car and that nothing happened. However, details that have been pieced together make it seem like Winston took a separate Uber ride that same night without Darby, which is when the alleged incident took place.
Winston was infamously accused of rape while at Florida State, and he was also suspended by the Seminoles at one point for standing on a table in public and yelling an inappropriate sexual phrase. Those are the incidents Johnson is referring to when he says Winston has “sexual behavior problems toward women.”
Johnson was arrested for domestic violence back in 2014, though he was cleared and never charged.
The attorney for a friend of Jameis Winston spoke on the record to ESPN about the alleged Uber incident and seems to have shed some light on the matter.
Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, reportedly is being suspended three games by the NFL for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The violation has to do with an allegation he is facing from an Uber driver.
In Nov. 2017, a woman who said she drove Winston in an Uber in March 2016, claimed that she was groped by Winston while driving him. The woman claimed that Winston was placed into her car alone by a group of friends and told by them she would be driving someone famous. She told Buzzfeed in her initial story that Winston was acting inappropriately from the start of the drive by yelling at people. She says he grabbed her crotch while they were waiting in a drive-through line at a Mexican fastfood restaurant. She says she initially froze and then he finally removed his hand after she said something.
Winston denied the allegation, and then called into question some details about the event. He said that the woman was mistaken about how many people were in the car.
“The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her,” Winston said in his statement.
Winston even got backup from another friend, his former college teammate, Ronald Darby. Darby vouched for Winston, saying he was in the car with Winston for their Uber ride and that they were in the backseat and nothing happened. The woman’s attorney says that is a lie.
So what to make of all this? Well, another man who was with Winston that night says that Winston and Darby appear to be talking about a different Uber ride.
Brandon Banks, a former Vanderbilt football player who is serving 15 years in prison for aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery for his role in a 2013 gang rape, says he was with Winston and Darby that night. Speaking on his client’s behalf, Banks’ attorney told ESPN that the three men were in an Uber ride together that evening, which was separate from the ride where Winston is accused of groping the driver.
“Brandon was never in the car with this victim,” the attorney told ESPN. “They were two different events, two different Uber drivers.”
If that is the case, then Winston and Darby appear to be lying intentionally to create confusion and distract from the accusation. Winston’s Uber account was suspended as a result of the matter.
Darby also defended Winston against the sexual assault allegation the quarterback faced at Florida State.
The NFL is planning to suspend Jameis Winston three games for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the news on the impending Winston suspension.
NFL is planning to suspend Buccaneers’ QB Jameis Winston the first three games of the season for violating the personal conduct policy, league sources tell ESPN.
ESPN’s Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron initially reported Winston was bracing to be suspended – and he will be.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2018
This report by Schefter comes a day after ESPN Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron reported that Winston was preparing to be suspended by the NFL. He had said that the suspension would be for failing to let them know about a 2016 incident with an Uber driver in Arizona.
Last year, a woman claimed she was groped by Winston while driving him in March 2016. There have been conflicting stories since the circumstances surrounding the story. Even if Winston was not charged, the NFL has the power to suspend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback on grounds of violating the personal conduct policy. He has the right to appeal the suspension.
Jameis Winston is preparing to be suspended by the NFL, according to a report.
Jeff Cameron, a host on 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee, said on air Wednesday that Winston will be suspended in connection to his 2016 Uber incident. Cameron’s comments were shared and transcribed by Bucs website JoeBucsFan.com.
“What he’ll be suspended over is a failure to report,” Cameron said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And that’s frustrating. That’s a league obviously attempting, and understandably because they’ve made previous missteps, transgressions, they’re now apt to protect themselves to the nth degree and protect the shield and so on and so forth.
“… The league can’t worry about what’s real and what isn’t. They have to go by perception and PR and protect themselves.
“This is what I do know: The Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind. 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.”
Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, was accused of sexually assaulting an Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016. Winston has said the accusations are false and there is even a dispute about the woman’s account of the what happened.
Winston faced numerous off-field issues during his time at Florida State, most notably a sexual assault allegation for which he was never criminally charged, though he did face a civil suit. Winston was suspended multiple times in college but he has not been suspended since turning pro.