Former Florida State quarterback and current Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is in trouble again.
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
The suspension reportedly comes after an investigation into an accusation by a female Uber driver saying Tampa Bay’s quarterback groped her in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016.
NFL investigator Lisa Friel led the investigation that didn’t come to light until BuzzFeed reported the accusation in November 2017.
The alleged victim said Winston grabbed her crotch while waiting at a drive-thru at a Mexican restaurant at 2 a.m. Winston was never charged and has denied the allegations.
The Uber driver’s attorney, John Clune, is the same person who represented a student who accused Winston of sexual assault at Florida State in 2012. Those accusations were also investigated by police but charges were never filed.
Winston was also in hot water for a separate incident in September 2014, when he shouted a sexually explicit internet meme at the Florida State student union.
According to NFL Media, in addition to his suspension, Winston must meet a certain criteria related to his conduct to return to the field.
The next similar circumstance will mean a one-year suspension from the NFL for Winston.
Should Winston’s three-game suspension be upheld after a possible appeal, the Bucs will be without its QB for games against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers to begin the season.
Fearing a possible suspension of Winston this past offseason, the Bucs re-signed veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who won 2 of 3 starts for the team last season when Winston went down with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.
Winston threw for 3,504 last season with 11 interceptions and 10 fumbles. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes but only played 13 games due to injury and Tampa finished the year a disappointing 5-11.