The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star was banned for the first three games of the 2018 season stemming from a 2016 incident in Arizona in which he allegedly assaulted a female Uber driver. Needless to say, the NFL itself received push back for giving him such a short suspension.
This latest piece of information isn’t going to do Winston or the league any favors. According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the quarterback’s apology was part of a settlement with the league resulting in the shorter suspension.
#Bucs QB Jameis Winston's apology was part of the negotiated settlement on his 3-game suspension, sources say. He does not admit guilt to the conduct the NFL says violated the policy. But he acknowledges he was drinking that night and doesn't remember everything. @TomPelissero pic.twitter.com/Z7lRtZgmtC
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 28, 2018
We won’t go into a huge rant about this. That would be pointless. It’s rather obvious what happened behind the scenes. The NFL seemingly told Winston to issue a public apology as a way to avoid a longer suspension.
Needless to say, said apology is now more worthless than it was before. Well done, Jameis and the NFL.