Terrible news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans.
Franchise quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to be suspended several games after violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
NFL media insider Ian Rapoport reported the unfortunate news on Thursday evening.
According to Rapoport’s report, neither Winston or the Buccaneers organization have been notified of the suspension.
Winston’s pending suspension stems from an alleged groping incident with a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona in March of 2016.
Jameis released the following statement denying the incident this past November.
“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. 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. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.”
“I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver, and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.”
If the pending suspension of Jameis Winston does come to fruition, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be forced to turn to backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.