Jameis Winston Is Facing A Three-Game Suspension Stemming From An Alleged Assault In 2016

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Jameis Winston’s career has largely been defined by what he’s done off of the field as opposed to onto it. It all started when he was playing at Florida State, where he tried to top the time Cam Newton threw a stolen laptop out of a window by shoplifting some crab legs from a grocery store.

Since then, Winston has repeatedly (and, based on what he stole, quite appropriately) found himself in much hotter water based on a number of sexual assault cases he’s been implicated in, including one stemming from his time at FSU and another that allegedly occurred in an Uber a couple of years ago.

The first case was settled out of court, and while no charges have been filed stemming from the latter, the NFL has been looking into the matter since it came to light. To this point, no one has been able to verify what exactly transpired in the car Winston was in, but it looks like he’s about to get nailed with a suspension regardless of the final results of the investigation.

According to Pro Football Talk, ESPN radio host Jeff Cameron has learned the NFL is on the verge of handing out the punishment because Winston did not notify the league that the incident had occurred in a timely manner. Cameron shared the details, saying:

“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.”

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after Ezekiel Elliott was forced to sit out six games after finding himself involved in a controversial case where no charges were ultimately fired, and while Roger Goodell might still have a bit to learn about the whole “due process” thing, I can’t say I hate that the league is erring  on the side of caution in cases like this.