Jameis Suspension Was A “Surprise” To Ali Marpet

July 25th, 2018

So the Buccaneers’ NFL players association lead representative, Ali Marpet, didn’t seem to think Jameis Winston would be suspended for three games?


Joe sure found that Marpet take today on the Jameis mess a little odd.

One would think Marpet would have been all over the available details and trying to make sure Jameis’ rights during the NFL investigation would be protected.

Of course, Jameis was suspended by the NFL for bad behavior with a female Uber driver, what the league said was “touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.”

“So, I was a little surprised by it,” Marpet said of the suspension.

“You know, we’ve got a great football team. There’s a lot of talented players. Again, for the first three games we’ll have a different quarterback. But again, I think we’ll do a really nice job.  We as a team, we believe in Fitzy.”

After Marpet expressed lots of support for Jameis and how he’s handled the aftermath of the suspension, Joe followed up during the media session with the following exchange:

JoeBucsFan.com: Ali, you had mentioned you were surprised by the Jameis suspension when you heard about it. What surprised you? Did you think that he didn’t do anything wrong at all.

Ali Marpet: So yeah. I mean, it’s tough. I just didn’t know much about it, I guess. So when I found that there was a three-game suspension, obviously there’s something that I didn’t know. So yeah, I was surprised.

Marpet said Jameis has talked to players about the suspension individually and Marpet seemed to imply that approach would continue.

Players reported for work today and training camp kicks off tomorrow morning.


41 Responses to “Jameis Suspension Was A “Surprise” To Ali Marpet”


    That “Me Too” movement is like a giant boulder rolling downhill, if these guys don’t grasp that they don’t pay attention to the mood out there, has it gotten out of hand, maybe, fact is the left is all over this and pounding away, it’s taking down bigger than Jameis…..

  2. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Ali better step up his player repping ability up as well as his relationship w jameis, seems like ali should have known the situation via jameis from the get go as the player rep, unless jameis was just trying to hide the stuff from everybody, just seems odd ali had no clue

  3. Bird Says:


    Dude he lied to everyone about situation

  4. Buccernutter Says:

    Honestly at this point I think Jameis’s own actions surprised him. Imo dude was blacked out and didn’t remember anything. Probably thought it wasn’t true considering kinsman lied.

    Hate me if u want but this opinion is a valid one. Glad to see the team agrees with me that this is a minor bump.

  5. Walter Seidel Says:

    Of course Marpet was surprised, because Winston LIED to the team about the “hassle” sexual assault.

  6. Lamarcus Says:

    I agree with buccernutter

    I think JW didn’t even know anything about a second Uber when his first statement came out. Not even Darby.

  7. Godeep66 Says:

    Ali is in a tough position as it pertains to how he answers the questions, and that goes for all of the Bucs players and coaches. Think about it: he has to walk on egg shells so he does not piss off ownership and coaches and at the same time keep in the back of his head that JW will be listening to every players responses to the questions. The suspensions questions will be amusing the first week, then a little too respective the second week, then annoying the third week. The players will become more combative and speak their real minds in weeks 4 and 5 of training camp, as they will have a better understanding of where they stand making the team. Bottom line: this transgression will not go away and will wear down this teams ability to focus. Pretty sad that a leader of a team has put himself ahead of his teammates.

  8. Lamarcus Says:


    Do u know these are millionaires? They can careless what another person is suspended for when u have more millions dollars to fight for. Working at McDonald’s maybe you have a point

  9. Walter Seidel Says:


  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bird Says
    “Dude he lied to everyone about situation.”

    Please prove that statement. Facts only.

  11. SteveK Says:

    The NFL has a ride sharing service for its players. Use that.

    As the #1 overall pick, and multi-millionaire, hire a full time baby sitter/chaperone for when you go out.

    And, minimize hanging out with Darby, as this is the second time trouble with women occurred.

  12. SteveK Says:


    Jameis denied the allegations, and ultimately apologized for his actions when handed a three game suspension.

    Yes, there was a lie.

    Add to it that he failed to report the incident to the team. They found out when it went public.



  13. Buccernutter Says:

    Looks like Walter is one of those guys that’s never invited to parties.

    I can’t believe how dumb your attempt at being condescending is. Get off the internet, mingle a little.

  14. DB55 Says:

    Maybe I’m missing something but I listened to the pc live and I thought he said Jameis spoke to him and others directly. I have no idea where people are saying he lied to Ali.

    He didn’t elaborate but he very well could be surprised that jw would get suspended over a he said she said but I’m only speculating.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Also, someone please prove to me that there was indeed a second Uber ride. All anyone has to go on is the statement of the man who, if the first report was correct, was in the front passenger seat and who is now accused of rape and facing 15 years. It’s not like he had reason to be honest.

    Banks, facing Rape charges.
    Darby, not facing criminal charges.

    Who should be believed?

    So please, someone prove there was a second Uber ride.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Jameis said
    “The NFL informed me today that I will be suspended for the first three games of the season.

    First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in (not an admission of guilt). It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize (not an admission of guilt). In the past 2 1/2 years my life has been filled with experiences, opportunities and events that have helped me grow, mature and learn, including the fact that I have eliminated alcohol from my life.

    I know I have to hold myself to a higher standard on and off the field and that I have a responsibility to my family, community, and teammates to live above the platform with which God has blessed me. I apologize to my teammates, the Buccaneers organization and fans for letting them down and for not being able to be out there for the first three games of the season. Although I am disappointed in the NFL’s decision, I understand the NFL’s process, and I embrace this as an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available to help me achieve the goals that I have for myself. (no admission of guilt)

    I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be.”

    He did not admit guilt. He just did not say he was innocent, which was likely a result of the negotiations with the NFL.

    Also, the rule saying to report those matters was not in place when it happened, therefore he was not in violation of it.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The position he put the driver in could be anything, such as his celebrity status causing a blog website to track her down.

    “It is uncharacteristic of me” could have any meaning, such as “I didn’t do it, and it is uncharacteristic of me.”

    Even so, no proof either way.

  18. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Please get over yourselves, ” He Lied!!!” Waah waah waah! Teams lie to players and fans all the time. Fans lie to players as if they liked them just to get signatures. Men lie to their women that they’re pretty all the time, police lie all the time even presidents lie so please save your unrighteous indignation and some of you lie about the real reason you hate Jameis so much. It wasn’t sexual assault because there was no police report and he never went to jail and court.

  19. Walter Seidel Says:

    I’ll just let the stupid “he blacked out” comment waft and stink up the room like a cow fart in a closed 110 degree shed.

  20. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Have you paid attention to the environment we live in…it is not led by FACTS, just by bias and inuendos!

    He told his teammates andIT WAS 2 1/2 YEARS AGO…

  21. Buccernutter Says:

    You’re a weird one Walter. Not sure why that’s so mind blowing to u. Lol

  22. SteveK Says:


    An apology is an admission of fault/guilt.

    Here is part of Winston’s statement from Nov’17:

    A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately

    If the accusation is false, then why apologize and get suspended for 3 games. If you’re innocent, why not fight tooth and nail?

  23. SteveK Says:


    Winston did not tell his teammates. He waited until it was publicized last november, and the incident was over a year prior.

    He did not step up to communicate it to the team, and did not fight for innocence. Guilty of something=3 game suspension.

  24. Walter Seidel Says:

    It is completely mind blowing………..that anyone would try to excuse Winston’s sexual assault because he “blacked out”

  25. SteveK Says:

    It sure is, Walter.

    It may explain the lapse in judgement, but it by no means makes the offensive actions any less damning.

  26. BrianBucs Says:

    I imagine that a lot of the players were surprised. Winston had lied to them about the incident for 2 years. Looks like a lot of the players made the bad mistake of believing him. Hope they learned a lesson.

  27. Buccernutter Says:

    And that is why I am literally laughing at your perception of my context. It is not an excuse. However it is certainly better than conciously sexually assaulting someone. That’s why it is a lapse of judgment but Walter is arguing for it being less damning which is not my point.

    I can promise you nearly everyone that drinks will not make those same decisions sober and may even find then immoral. Again, not sure why your mind is blown especially when you failed to comprehend.

  28. Walter Seidel Says:

    I often fail to comprehend idiocy. It’s a trait.

  29. NPR SageBoy Says:

    So, where’s Jameis? Not talking and hanging teammates out to dry? In the words of the immortal TV detective Barretta, ” Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”

  30. Buccernutter Says:

    Walter you couldn’t hang 5 minutes in an intelligent football discussion. I’ve seen your posts. Must be another trait.

  31. gp Says:


    Including your own?

  32. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I haven’t seen you around for a few days. In case you missed it because I got on the thread late I thought your post about our “misunderstanding” was just classy and excellent.

    It restored my faith in this board. We don’t have to flame each other everytime we disagree.

    Thanks again for that post.

  33. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    It’s NOT the act Jameis is accused of you hate…it is Jameis you hate!

    This is what is sad!

  34. gp Says:


    Thanks for responding
    I meant every word
    I got caught up in the “cancer” of the threads
    But I think I’m cured now
    Still a bit frustrated but a little more in control

    For now

  35. gp Says:

    I posted this in another thread where folks were talking about the odds against us getting to the super bowl
    Ever the optimist, I’d really like to know if it’s worth flying to Jersey to place a bet!

    80-1, 66-1
    What are the odds of a perfect season?
    Better yet, what are the odds of going against Gruden and the Raiders in the super bowl?
    I like long odds, they pay better
    I’ve been waiting for that “perfect” season since 76
    No better time than the present!

  36. Tampaspicer Says:

    If you are black out drunk how can you lie about something you don’t remember or know anything about. To lie you must know of the correct answer. Maybe Jameis honestly didn’t know what the truth was. I am not condoning what Jameis is accused of doing but can’t say 100% for sure he was lying.

  37. Walter Seidel Says:

    I can. The NFL can. The Bucs can. He teammates can. And HE admitted it in his apology. Let’s stop with the ridiculous “maybe he blacked out and doesn’t remember” crap. Did he black out in Tallahassee……a few times? And I have ZERO desire to “hang” with you for 5 seconds, much less 5 minutes “He blacked out Buccernutter”. Just absurd.

  38. Buccernutter Says:


    Judging by your barn fart humor you probably don’t have too much of a choice as tho whom to hang with.

    HE didn’t admit anything lmao. I knew your comprehension was bad but his apology has been posted for weeks and you still haven’t deciphered it? Haha

    Tallahassee? You evidently don’t know anything about the court case and if you’re holding crab legs and BB guns against him then you no wonder you’re single and 63.

    Yes, he probably blacked out. For the third time it doesn’t excuse his humor but it explains his reluctance to admit anything. Man this took some more work than expected to explain to an older man who spends most his time on the internet.

  39. Buccernutter Says:

    Behavior* not humor. Oh man that could have really sounds your comprehension out of control. Sorry about that.

  40. Buccernutter Says:

    Spun** not sounds. Oh Walter you must be so lost.

  41. Buccernutter Says:

    Tampaspicer thank u! You got it.

    Not sure what is so difficult about this hahaha.