FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BUCCANEERS’ JAMEIS WINSTON SUSPENDED FOR FIRST
THREE REGULAR-SEASON GAMES FOR VIOLATION OF NFL PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY
JAMEIS WINSTON of the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers was notified today by NFL Special Counsel for Conduct TODD JONES that he has been suspended
without pay for the Buccaneers’ first three regular-season games for a
violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.
In November 2017, the NFL learned of an incident involving
Winston and a shared-ride service driver that had taken place in March 2016 in
Scottsdale, AZ. The incident, which had
been immediately reported by the driver to her employer and which resulted in
Winston’s removal from the ride-sharing platform, was also publicly reported
The league promptly initiated a comprehensive investigation
that included interviews with several persons, including the driver, Winston
and others with relevant information.
The league also examined an extensive amount of other evidence, including
telephone records, business records, data from electronic devices and other
communications. Based on the
investigation, the NFL found that Winston had violated the NFL Personal Conduct
Policy, which allows for discipline to be imposed even when criminal charges
are not presented.
In his letter advising Winston of the suspension, Jones
stated after full consideration of the record, including a meeting with Winston
and his representatives, and a written submission by his attorneys, that the
driver’s account of the incident was consistent and credible. As a result, the investigation had concluded
that Winston violated the Personal Conduct Policy by touching the driver in an
inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary
action was necessary and appropriate.
As part of the discipline, Winston is also required to
obtain a clinical evaluation and fully cooperate in any recommended program of
therapeutic intervention. A failure
either to obtain the evaluation or to cooperate with treatment will result in
further discipline. In addition, a
future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in more substantial
discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL.
Winston has advised the league
he accepts this discipline. His suspension therefore will take
effect as of the final roster reduction on September 1 and he will be eligible
to return on September 25 following the Buccaneers’ game against the Pittsburgh
Steelers. Winston may participate in all of his club’s preseason activities,