Is Jameis Winston preparing to be suspended over alleged groping incident with Uber driver?

The Bucs are still waiting on results from a seven-month NFL investigation into allegations that Jameis Winston groped an Uber driver. (AP)
The Bucs are still waiting on results from a seven-month NFL investigation into allegations that Jameis Winston groped an Uber driver. (AP)

In November, the NFL opened an investigation into Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston over allegations that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016.

That investigation is still open, but Winston is preparing to face a suspension, according to an ESPN Radio report from Tallahassee, Florida.

Winston reportedly preparing to be suspended

JoeBucsfan transcribed a radio report from ESPN’s Jeff Cameron, described as a “longtime supporter of Jameis” who attended Winston’s draft party when he was the No. 1 pick out of Florida State in 2015.

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 accused of grabbing Uber driver’s crotch

The Uber driver accused Winston of groping her after she picked him up in a party district of Scottsdale, Arizona on a March night in 2016. She said the alleged incident occurred while they were waiting in a drive-thru line at a Mexican restaurant.

From the original Buzz Feed report:

“He reached over and he just grabbed my crotch,” Kate said, alleging that Winston held his hand there for three to five seconds and removed it only after she looked up in shock and said, “What’s up with that?”

The driver also accused Winston of shouting homophobic slurs at pedestrians while in her car.

The driver filed an incident with Uber, claiming that Winston “is NOT safe for other drivers.”

Winston has denied the allegations.

NFL investigation has been ongoing since November

The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the incident was still under investigation by the NFL after seven months with six weeks remaining before training camp.

Winston can be suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy.

“It is not enough to simply avoid being found guilty of a crime,” the policy reads. “We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL and is lawful.”

The policy also lays groundwork for suspension if a player does not self-report a potential violation.

“Failure to report an incident will be grounds for disciplinary action,” the policy reads. “This obligation to report is broader than simply reporting an arrest; it requires reporting to the league any incident that comes to the club’s or player’s attention which, if the allegations were true, would constitute a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”

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