For the first time since the NFL handed down his three game suspension last month for a personal conduct violation, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston addressed the media.
Speaking on Thursday morning after the Bucs first training camp workout of 2018 where Winston work mainly with the second team on offense, Winston repeatedly apologized for putting himself and his team in this situation.
Here is a portion of his press conference captured by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times:
Video: Jameis Winston says he understands that fans are disappointed in him but wants them to continue supporting his team. pic.twitter.com/Jmep8MGfOM
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 26, 2018
Winston, who was suspended after the NFL did an eight month investigation into him inappropriately touching a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, was asked in that clip about what he would say to fans that were disappointed in him?:
“I understand the disappointment. I’m disappointed in myself. I should have never put myself in that situation. All I can do is grow. And learn… Continue to support this team. Continue to support me. Since I’ve been here, my main goal was to grow as a leader, be a huge advocate in the community and I’ve done that. And I’m going to continue to do that.”
Winston went on to say that he has the backing of the entire Buccaneers organization, including the Glazer family that owns the franchise.
“I’ve had full support from ownership on down. Definitely addressing my teammates personally, I know that really meant a lot to them. Again I don’t want to be a distraction I just want to put this all behind us. And move forward.”
The Buccaneers and coach Dirk Koetter are trying to do that, and as we wrote earlier on Thursday, they were using 36 year old veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick with the first team on offense on day one.
It is definitely an awkward situation for all involved, but on the field, Tampa Bay has to reconcile who will be starting their first three regular season games with Winston suspended?
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