Belatedly realizing that they should have drafted the other guy when they had the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the process of removing accused rapist and serial groper Jameis Winston from their promotional campaigns for the 2018 season.
The Bucs ignored all of the flashing red warning signs on the Florida State product when they bypassed the clean-cut Marcus Mariota and cast their lot with Jameis Winston.
The young quarterback was immediately anointed as the savior of the woebegone franchise despite the rape controversy, the theft of crab legs from a Tallahassee grocery store and a history of unsavory conduct like standing atop a table in the student commons shouting “F*ck her right in the p*ssy” despite his reputation of being a potential sex offender.
They have been paying dearly ever since for that mistake.
Not only has Winston been a human turnover machine and grossly immature with his outbursts but he was just suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season for violations of the NFL’s conduct policy for grabbing an Uber driver’s crotch while on a 2016 drunken bender in Arizona.
The problem at One Buc Place is that they covered this guy’s ass and now they are likely starting to rue the day when they let the dynamic duo of then-coach Lovie Smith and GM Todd Licht bamboozle them into picking Winston over Mariota who has been a bit erratic himself and struggled with injuries, has managed to stay out of the headlines for sex-related incidents.
Winston is not in the preseason videos and the team has even gone to the previously unthinkable measure of removing his mural from Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs have decided not to include their beleaguered quarterback among any of their marketing promotions, Rick Stroud writes. #Bucs #Buccaneers @Buccaneers @NFLSTROUD @TB_Times #Jameis https://t.co/4JIC90EiRW
— TampaBayTimesSports (@TBTimes_Sports) July 23, 2018
Via The Tampa Bay Times, “Bucs won’t have Jameis Winston on stadium mural to start 2018”:
As Winston prepares to serve a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal player conduct policy, the Bucs have decided not to include their beleaguered quarterback among any of their marketing promotions.
Winston was notably absent from the four promotional videos released by the Bucs last week.
On Monday, workers continued the process of adding the new player murals to the corners of RJS and the Times confirmed Winston will not be among them for the first time since his rookie year. That season, the murals were of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
As the team re-brands for 2018, a mural of David was plastered on the northeast corner and tight end Cameron Brate on the southeast corner.
The Bucs really didn’t have any choice than to cease using Winston to promote their team. It’s only been a few weeks since the NFL suspended him three games for groping a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016 “in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.’ Using Winston to promote the team now could appear insensitive at best and tone deaf at worst.
Winston’s latest flub will be very costly with the opening three games of the season being a death gauntlet: New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
With aging journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to start all three games, there is a very good chance that the Bucs will be 0-3 before Winston (if he can stay out of trouble) starts game four against Chicago.
Training camp hasn’t even opened yet and already, the season is a dumpster fire but the Bucs will be the Bucs.
Expect heads to roll if they have another stinker season and this time, Jaboo’s may be one of them.