NFL Could Ban Winston For Future Violation

The NFL has suspended Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 regular season, but another violation of the league’s personal conduct policy could have much larger implications. In its announcement of the suspension, the NFL indicated that a future violation would result in “more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL.” 

Winston’s three-game ban was the outcome of negotiations between the NFL, NFLPA, and Winston’s camp. The league reserves the right to suspend players for six games for violations involving domestic violence, so it appears the league insisted on a compromise in which Winston would face more serious consequences if he commits another serious off-the-field transgression.

Lifetime bans are uncommon in the NFL, but they have been handed down in the past. Similarly, we’ve seen players hit with indefinite suspensions, as was the case with former Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington. It’s impossible to know right now whether the league’s stance on Winston is simply tough talk or if the NFL would actually levy a lifetime ban against Winston in the event of another personal conduct policy violation.

In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the Buccaneers said they were “disappointed that [Winston] put himself in a position that has been found to violate the policy.” If Winston does not perform up to par in 2018, it’s conceivable that his off-the-field incident will factor into his future with the team. The Buccaneers exercised Winston’s fifth-year option for 2019 – worth nearly $21MM – but it is guaranteed for injury only.

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16 comments on “NFL Could Ban Winston For Future Violation

  1. Maaku

    What’s the over-under on how much longer he lasts
    I say 3yrs

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    • kenly0

      Y’all tripping. He’ll play into his mid to late 30’s.

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      • bklynny67

        Tripping? Lol nice English. He’ll be out soon. He’s a rapist with now multiple accusations. It’s not a coincidence. Guy is a lowlife loser.

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      • blueandorange

        As a crappy backup throwing Ints and thinking he is the main man which he will never be

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  2. redsraiderspurs44

    Of course he will… it’s not like he took a knee or something

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      • bklynny67

        Raped someone, stole crab legs, and grabbed the crotch of an Uber driver. He’s a scumbag and won’t last in this league.

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      • redsraiderspurs44

        He didn’t steal the crab legs he simply forgot to pay for them

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    • willthathrill

      Because hes and idiot, and thinks he can get away with everything and hes black

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      • brucewayne

        Him being black has nothing to do with it! He’s just an entitled ball player who’s gotten away with everything is whole life

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        • brucewayne

          and is not used to being told NO! He’s just low-life POS! Period’

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