NFL plans to suspend Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston's first three games this season to break the league's personal behavioral policy, per league source.
The planned cancellation stems from an alleged event with a Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016.
The league has not yet announced Winston's official decision and the circumstances surrounding it can still lead to an increase or decrease in the three games per source.
A source said Winston could be notified as early as Friday, but others believe it will be released sometime next week, per source. An appeal was discussed, but they have proven to be largely fruitless earlier, most recently with Dallas Cowboys who drove back Ezekiel Elliott, who canceled six matches in August in August.
The NFL investigator Lisa Friel helped spearhead the survey that would see the Suspension of another NFL star.
ESPN Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron initially reported this week at his talk show that Winston was bracing to be interrupted.
The alleged event occurred in March 201
The league began its survey in November 2017 when a woman who identified herself as "Kate" told BuzzFeed that Winston reached over and grabbed her scrap while waiting for a drive through Los Betos Mexican Food at 2 o'clock in the morning . The restaurant management told ESPN that they did not have security movies on drive-thru. No police charges were made, but the driver filed a formal complaint to Uber. She told BuzzFeed that she wanted to tell the truth "about a powerful man who felt right in my body when all I wanted to do was my job." Uber confirmed to ESPN that Winston's ride privileges were revoked, but Winston did not announce the complaint.
Winston denied allegations and said he believes the woman missed the number of passengers in the car and his place in the vehicle. Former Florida State teammate and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby said he was also a passenger in the vehicle and confirmed Winston's account, which was that he and Winston were in the rear of the vehicle and that a third person was in the passenger seat. Darby did not identify the third passenger's name in public.
The Uber driver's lawyer John Clune opposed Darby's account and said that Winston was the only passenger in the vehicle.
Clune also represented Erica Kinsman, a student who accused Winston of sexual assault by the Florida state in 2012. The incident was investigated by the Tallahassee police but charges were never submitted. Winston was not suspended from school or disciplined by the football team for the event. Winston disciplined a separate incident, in September 2014, to stand on a board inside the university student union and called a sexually explicit internetmeme.
Winston's prosecutor at Florida State made a civil law case against him, and he was discussed. The costumes were settled outside court in 2016 and details were not released. Florida State, however, found guilty in a Title IX trial filed by Kinsman to handle her complaint. In January 2016, they agreed to pay her $ 950,000, but did not recognize liability as part of the deal.
Last month, several sources said they did not expect Winston to be disciplined over the Arizona incident. But any facts were unpleasant NFL and Friel enough, who are now preparing to drop down a three-game suspension that can still be changed based on possible final results. The decision will be a big disappointment for a Buccaneers team who wants to recover during this season, especially considering the kind of behavior that Winston has shown around them.
Winston would lose $ 124,000 in basic salary for a trespass tension because his base salary is only $ 705,000 this season. His base salary for next season is scheduled to be over $ 20.9 million, which reduces the chance that he would consider addressing this trespass tension.
Many people in and around Tampa have talked a lot about Winston's good deeds in society, where he has taken part in too many for the team to count. But questions about his maturity and decision-making have followed Winston since his time at the Florida State.
If Winston is sitting three games or some time, Buccaneers would have to start quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who posted a 2-1 record last season when he was asked to start because of Winston's shoulder injury.
Behind Fitzpatrick is Ryan Griffin, which now turns out to be Tampa Bay's backup quarterback for the first part of this season.
ESPN's Jenna Laine contributed to this report.