Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise Quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the 2018 NFL season due to a personal conduction violation. Is anyone surprised?
By Neil Harrington
On the football field, Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Quarterback Jameis Winston has quite the list of accomplishments.
- 2013 BCS National Champion
- 2013 Heisman Trophy award
- 2013 Walter Camp Award
- 2013 Manning Award
- 2013 Davey O’Brien Award
- Played on the Florida State baseball team
- 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year
- 2015 NFL All-Rookie team
- 2015 NFC Pro Bowl honoree
His rap sheet off the field is even more lengthy, with a list of blemishes that mirror his 2014 college football season of interception after interception.
News dropped earlier in the week of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston is receiving a three-game suspension to kick off the 2018 NFL campaign — for the events back in 2016 involving an alleged sexual assault incident with a female Uber driver.
This isn’t the first time Winston has been in trouble with the law or accused of a crime.
- November 2012: A woman calls 911 reporting two men on the Florida State University campus appear to be carrying a black pistol. Jameis Winston and FSU football teammate Chris Casher claim they were only “shooting at squirrels” with a pellet gun and are eventually released by police
- Just hours after the event, Winston and a handful of his FSU football teammates engage in a pellet gun fight, causing around $4,000 worth of damage to his apartment. Zero charges were pressed, with FSU claiming the players would pay for the damage themselves.
Mmm hmm. Sure they didn’t.
- December 2012: A month later, Winston is accused of raping a woman, but the lack of evidence (which at one time was present) allows the star football player to walk away without in consequences or a full investigation.
- April 2015: Surveillance cameras picked up footage of Jameis Winston, who appears to be stealing crab legs. Later, more information surfaces and it’s later revealed that he has a hookup from someone at the establishment. Shouldn’t that be an NCAA violation of some sort?
- March 2016: Allegedly groped a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winston claims the sexual encounter was consensual, while his accuser claims his advances were unwelcome.
Do you see a pattern establishing with Jameis Winston? It appears that trouble seems to follow him everywhere he goes. Or better yet, Winston is the trouble himself.
If this were any middle of the road NFL player, they would be kicked off the team or out of the NFL by now. But, since Jameis Winston is rich, famous, and bringing in millions of dollars for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NFL, he’s off the hook.
Generally, an innocent before proven guilty approach should be taken, but Jameis Winston is more than a first time offender.
Yet, he seems to have hookups, coverups, and those helping him escape each of these offenses.
Keep doing your thing, Winston. These things have a way of finally catching up to you, and when they do, I hope justice hits you like a ton of bricks.