The million dollar question surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and franchise quarterback Jameis Winston is should the team cut him?
Enough is enough and it’s time for a change.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should cut Winston after the NFL suspended him for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Winston was accused by a Scottsdale, Arizona Uber driver of groping her while in a drive thru back in March 2016. The allegations became public in November 2017 and that’s when the NFL launched an investigation. The policy usually suspends players for six games, but Winston got just three in a “negotiated settlement.”
This appears to be yet another botch by the NFL when it comes to disciplining players for incidents involving women, whether they be sexual assault cases or domestic violence cases. Time and time again we have seen the NFL under scrutiny for not doing more and bringing the hammer down on these players. The three-game ban does not seem like the right punishment in this situation.
Damien Woody was the first person to come out and state that the Bucs should cut Winston and he’s right. This isn’t the first time Winston has been in off-the-field trouble, especially in the nature of which these allegations that landed him the suspension.
In December of 2013, Winston was not charged after being involved in a sexual assault investigation while at Florida State. In May of 2014, Winston was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a Florida Publix supermarket. Fast forward to September of the same year and Winston was suspended one game for yelling an obscene phrase on the campus of FSU.
Life is all about giving and getting second chances, but that simply isn’t the case for Winston. This is another, of multiple chances he has gotten and quite frankly, he shouldn’t have gotten another chance after the NFL conducted its investigation of these latest allegations and doled out the suspension. At the time these allegations were made public, Winston denied the incident occurred. In a recently released statement, Winston did apologize to the woman, but it just didn’t seem all that sincere.
It’s always been excuse after excuse for and from Winston. He was “just a kid who didn’t know any better” while at Florida State. With this most recent allegation, it was alcohol that caused this, which Winston has said that he has cut out of his life with the intention to become a better person. Enough with the excuses.
Despite a plethora of red flags surrounding Winston coming out of college, the Bucs went ahead and drafted him with the first overall pick in 2015. On that day, he became the face of the franchise and now, it is time for Tampa Bay to send a strong message and cut ties with him. Grown men have absolutely no right grabbing or groping women without consent. There is no excuse for it, whatsoever. Stephen A. Smith said on First Take that if these allegations turned out to be true, Winston is a criminal. He’s right.
Franchise quarterbacks are a dime a dozen in the NFL, so if the Bucs do indeed decide to move on from Winston, the franchise will likely see a regression. However, it is in the best interest of the organization, not just in the NFL, but in any industry to move on from someone who has character issues, especially when it involves the nature of the allegations Winston has been attached to on a couple different instances.
At the end of the day, someone like Winston should not continuously get chance after chance. Sure, if the Bucs decide to get rid of him, another team will scoop him right up, but that doesn’t make what he did forgivable.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to cut Jameis Winston. Plain and simple.