Diverse Jameis Views From Female Bucs Fans

August 22nd, 2018


Jason Licht was in a downright giddy mood Tuesday evening, for good reason.

By the time the GM of the Bucs addressed hundreds of fans who turned out for the “Women of Red” event in the indoor facility, he already knew that injuries to Donovan Smith and Justin Evans were not deemed serious by the medical staff.

You could credibly argue that left tackle is the second-most important position in the NFL behind quarterback, and the Bucs believe Smith could potentially return in time for the Sept. 9 opener at New Orleans.

This fourth annual event to celebrate Tampa Bay’s growing female fan base was a success on all levels as Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, president of the Glazer Family Foundation, mingled with supporters throughout the evening.

“Over time, what I have seen is these women feel more like a family,” she said. “They come together and feel that Women of Red is their group. I love that I get to have one-on-ones with so many of our female fans. It’s very rewarding for me.”

I was curious to gauge Darcie’s reaction to Jameis Winston’s suspension, but it wasn’t going to happen — not on this night. First, I asked her if the league is doing enough to address domestic violence issues.

“Tonight, I really just want to focus on our celebration of our female fans,” she said. “We’re so thrilled to have about 1,000 women coming out tonight.”

In other words, move on.

Advice Plentiful

Some of the women who attended didn’t hesitate to make their feelings known about Winston, who will be barred from any contact with the team for the first three weeks of the regular season.

“The three-game suspension is fair,” said Debbie Kemp of Tampa. “We’re a society that gives up on people and I appreciate what Jameis does in the community. There are people doing worse things in the league, but it’s not a good look for Jameis. Learn from this and support your team during your suspension.”

Winston also has the backing of D.B. from St. Petersburg.

“You’ve got to realize how young he is,” she said. “He’s still immature, but I do believe in second chances. My prayer is that he grows up to be the man his mom and dad raised. My advice is check your friends … know what their motives are. I’ll tell you one thing — he throws a mean ball. You’ve got to give him another chance, but groping crosses the line. No, young man, no.”

Zero Tolerance

Brandi Winans was there, too. Her late husband, Jeff, started 12 games at guard for the 1977-78 Bucs.

“I like Jameis personally,” she said, “but he has to keep maturing. I say Jameis should stay with the team this year and then the Bucs have to make a big decision on him. The incident in question happened a couple of years ago and we all make mistakes. If he messes up again, he’s gone. The ball’s in his court.”

Toward the end of the evening, I ventured outside the bubble and spotted a young woman at the makeshift bar wearing a No. 5 Tampa Bay jersey.

“Excuse me, miss,” I said, “but Josh Freeman hasn’t played for this team since 2013.”

“I know that, but I needed something to wear tonight,” she replied. “I found this one at a thrift store.”

Now in his 40th year covering the NFL, Ira Kaufman is the most revered sports personality and writer in the Tampa Bay area. He scored a full-time seat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters in July of 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also hear Ira on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio Wednesdays at 5 p.m. during football season. Also a TV star, see Ira now on Mondays at 10:30 p.m. on Spectrum Sports 360 (aka BayNews 9). Ira also is part of the FOX-13 Tailgate Sunday NFL show and enjoys beet salads, Riesling, tennis, Chiefs victories and needling Joe.

42 Responses to “Diverse Jameis Views From Female Bucs Fans”

  1. Jjones Says:

    If it ain’t FreeMan, stay thrifty.

  2. gilhealy Says:

    Atta boy Ira, you can still squeeze another article out of it. Don’t “move on”, keep the narrative going. Amateur hour.

  3. ufour20 Says:

    She’ll be able to pick up a number 3 jersey here shortly if he has another season like last.

  4. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    Lol great read Ira as always loved the last lines.

  5. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    hahahaha love the lady who said you have to realize he is really young, wow

  6. Trench War Says:

    From what I gathered they are just there for a social meeting. I bet there wasn’t much in-depth Buc talk? Prolly more conversations on recipes lol

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    We haven’t even begun. It might subside after he comes back, #3 is on a 13 game tryout and a lot of jobs/careers and familes are depending on him, no pressure huh Jameis?

  8. AmericasEnabler Says:

    Wow so ALL the female Buc fans support Jameis? That’s great reporting Ira. So not one fan thought he should have been cut from the team or suspended longer, forced into some kind of rehab, demoted to 3rd string, 5 year option NOT picked up, etc… This is totally NOT a propaganda piece what’s so ever.

    All female Bucs fans support Jameis Winston, so you should too… nothing to see here… move on?

    This article is textbook 101 for gaslighting the masses. Ira try Fox news or Huffington post, you’re good at spinning crap.


  9. Seminole Bill Says:

    Quote from one of the 3 women interviewed, “…and we all make mistakes.” Sure we all make mistakes in life but we all don’t grope a woman, especially after having gone through a sexual harassment allegation during college.

  10. Jjones Says:

    I think it was a good piece, and if you actually read some of the comments from those women you’d see they don’t 100% agree with Jameis’ actions but they believe in giving him a chance..one woman even said get rid of him(basically)if he has a suspect year.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo has been laying low since his homeboy Roberto embarrassed himself and Pablo….Pablo is devastated.
    But Pablo had to respond about the “Womens in Red”…..comments about Haboo….As Pablo knows hanging around Dale Mabry…..you have to check the womens for hair under their arms and Adam’s Apples….before considering their opinions truly coming from womens.
    I trust that the Hoes did that at the “Womens in Red” function.

  12. Kobe Faker Says:

    IMO, still everything up in the air with JW3 future here in Tampa

    *Vegas(pros) states 6 wins. does Koetter stay with 6 wins? Will the new HC want his own QB and not JW3

    *NO FREE LUNCH. JW is picking from heavyweight Agents Tom Condon or Jooel Segal. These 2 dont play. No less than 25 mill per/5 year contract after next year…Is it better to start new with a rookie QB and rookie contract?

    *Kobe has stated that the future of JW has alot to do with the success of the 2018 QB rookie class. Its very probable that the Bucs will be drafting top 5 in the coming draft. If 2-3 2018 rookie QBs light it up, the glazer boys will think very hard about the top 2 QBs coming out.

    “NO ONE, not even Kobe Faker, knows the future of JW3 future after this year”

    Kobe Faker

  13. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    If Ira had included some of the shemales on this site and in the general public he would have had more cut him votes. Too bad walter ziegheil gotdeep6 noBrainBucs had been there they would’ve let out some cat calls to show their disdain. Maybe even thrown their sheman purses!

    Trenchwar be careful buddy that can be considered insensitive might get your future posts to the twilight zone!😂🤣😂🤣

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    I literally don’t care about women’s opinions on football, regardless of if I agree with them or not. Stick to the kitchen and gossiping about housewives.

    God bless.

  15. David Corcoran Says:

    Here we go again! so IRA KAUFMAN, is telling to all of his “ SHEEPLE” that The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had “woman’s Night Out” about learning the Game of Football ?????. Now, David Corcoran is giving you all another history lesson! In 1979 a man by the name of Tom Bass, The Bucs DC under Head Coach John McKay decided to have Ladies Only Classes to learn the game of football. It was so popular, the Bass ran it for several years in the Tampa Bay Area. Mr. Ira Kaufman knows, because there. So Buc Fans, David Corcoran is a happy camper, and that Nice Steak I had at Berns Steak House, 1st Class all the way! In my Best Bets for Wednesday, I gave out the Chi. White Sox (-104 Westgate SuperBook) vs. the Twins, but came up short, 5-2. Now (1-1) in MLB. So for today , it’s Atlanta.( -106 Westgate SuperBook) vs. those Buckos of Pitts. That’s The Pirates Folks!Thanks for all of the love this morning at Bucs Camp, especially Buccaneer COO Brian Ford who allowed me access without a pass. And a big shoutout to Joe Bucs Fan.com to allow me to give all of my fans the love they deserve See you at Hooters tonight. God Bless, David Corcoran. Winter Park, Florida.

  16. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Yeah Rod Munch,
    You forgot to add “and let the men gossip over grown young men playing a game.”
    They are Buc fans too, so their opinion is just as important as yours. In this case maybe more important being they are the demographic affected by this.
    Kind of funny that they can forgive and think about this maturely while the moral militia condemns and convicts.
    Maybe its the men calling for Jameis’ head that needs to know their place….in the seats or on the couch with beer stains and nacho cheese on your shirts.
    Good stuff Ira.
    Go BUCS!!

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    Alaskan – They’re opinion means nothing, just like you opinion means nothing. They’re a fan, you’re a fan, I don’t care what you have to say just like you don’t care what I had to say. Writing a story about the way a woman feels is as important as writing a story about the way a porcupine feels. Who cares? Stop putting people in boxes trying to seperate everyone into a category where peoples opinions and beliefs are based on their color, what’s hanging (or not hanging) between their legs, what their religion is, etc. All this stuff about X group doesn’t like Y, it’s all the same garbage that just ruins everything. It’s sports, I want to talk about sports, not peoples personal opinions on how a player makes them feel. I don’t care about their feelings, or your feelings, but I’m more than happy to talk trash like men are supposed to if you’d like to do so, because that’s what sports is about – talking trash, having fun, being an escape. If you don’t get that, then you don’t get the entire appeal of sports.

  18. Godeep66 Says:

    I am willing to bet that the women support has dropped significantly this year due to the one and only JW. I know of about a dozen of them in which 3 of them attended FSU. Cut him.

  19. Trench War Says:

    “They are Buc fans too” waah uh waah ..almost sounds like he’s crying.

    Listen you overly sensitive sasquatch, there’s no crying in football

    j/k ..lighten up a little. Keep the “me too” b.s. out of football

  20. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Yeah godeep666 you were one of the ones to stop supporting! You have insider info from all the book and wine clubs you attended!🤡

  21. BUC_40 Says:

    Can we please go sign Charcandrick West?!

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Man some of this fanbase is so braindead it’s sad.

    BTW I’m talking about the commenters on here, not the women quoted in the article.

  23. firethecannons Says:

    I read the women’s comments and I admit–they are all spot on–I am a woman and honestly-I don’t think it was such a big deal. I think drinking leads to really bad decisions and that is what has happened to Jameis.

    I wish we could get some pics of the Prince! Baby Ant!–the one pic I could defintely see a resemblance to Jameis. I am happy for Jameis as his life is getting settled and honestly that should really help his game.

  24. gilhealy Says:

    firethecannons for the win.

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Agree Unbelievable….I worry for “some” posters here. Their knuckles must be really scabbed up from dragging them around all day. Cro Magnon lives!

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Godeep66 Says:

    “I am willing to bet …”

    Grrreat so how bout we bet that Jameis Winston is still a Buc in 2019?

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    firethecannons……shhhh don’t tell us you’re a woman and that the JW uber deal is no big deal……WHAAAAT!!!???

    This can’t BE!

    “They” don’t want to hear that anyways!

  28. David Corcoran Says:

    [Jameis was suspended, not “banned.” And he was not suspended for a felony because he has never been charged with a felony. Tread carefully. – Joe]

  29. Easy Says:

    “At the end of the day everything that goes wrong is all because of Cancer93.”

  30. Miguel Grande Says:

    Anyone who runs a football team or any type of business who doesn’t listen to 53% of your potential customer base will not succeed.

    CNN’s ratings are down below the Cartoon Network.

    Hollywood’s gross receipts that are down at least 60%.

    Kevin Spacey’s latest movie release grossed $126 the first week.

    You can’t simply ignore or insult more than half of your potential customer base.

  31. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    I have been trying to hammer it, we see the big picture and men have a tendancy to be the first to say, man I would never hit my girl and then beat her a$$ and say she made him do it or proclaim how different they are from the next dude and we find out they are the same or worst than the one they bad mouth, or the father who beats a guy to the pulp for messing with his daughter or sister, while messing with another man’s daughter or sister!

    SOME on here call him a liar because his account is different from their narrative…”TRUTH IS NOT TRUTH if the FACTS are excluded…smh…

    As a mother and a manager of young men and grown a$$ men…I look at this crap different than some of the men here.

    One of the first things I was shocked by years ago when I was managing men, they are far worst than women in gossiping, taletelling, exaggerating, bragging and keeping mess going.

    Most women know that! LET IT GO! GO BUCS!

  32. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Lol If you knew me you would know I’m not for that thin skinned BS. No “me too” stuff here. Rod I’m not sure what you are talking about, you seem to be inferring a lot from what I said.

    I didn’t like what Rod said about women that’s all. I think that women’s opinions on this “hassle” is interesting and noteworthy and not nonsense. I mean, it is a good portion of the fan base’s opinion on the Former(Future?) Face of the Franchise.

    I like Winston’s chances to be the future and its good to know there might not be so much resistance from the female sect of fans.
    Go BUCS!!

  33. SB Says:

    Awesome Article Ira!!!!

  34. Bucko40 Says:

    Any woman that supports the Bucs is supporting sexual assault and abuse. It’s amazing what fans will forgive when it comes to their fandom. Simply amazing.

  35. Richard Says:

    I think was a very informative article. Ira asked the Glazer gal about domestic violence and she deferred. Winston will get this season to prove himself and things will be settled at season end. Case closed, great job Ira!

  36. firethecannons Says:

    Bucko40–really? wtf is wrong wit you?

    The uber driver sat in the car in the drivethru after getting groped–she never got out, she gets groped and never even gets out of the car, doesn’t sound like it was a problem for her. She never called the police, clearly she had it under control–just another day in the life of being an uber driver. After getting groped and telling JW to stop she proceeds to finish the run. LOL! Oh so terrifying! She only came forward because she wanted to be a part of the metoo movement.

    sounds like drunken behavior that happens all the time inside the bars–women don’t really discourage it by dressing the part either

  37. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Soooo you’re speaking for women…no thanks we can speak for ourselves!

    and how can YOU tell US who to support?

  38. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Yes AMAZING💩

  39. TampaTown Says:

    @ firethecannons: Thank goodness. Another woman who feels the way I do. Not that big of a deal. And this is exactly what I’ve been telling my guy friends, worse things used to happen to me going to order a drink at the bar. Or at a concert. Or dancing at a club. Or seeing Stranger at the Porthole or Club 19. Anytime you have to walk through a crowd or if it’s dark inside, guys put their hands out. Not all guys but it happens more than you think. Doesn’t make it right and it should not happen. What ever happened to a good slap across the face? That’s what I did. A quick punch to the face too, depending on the level of drunkenness. I never once thought someone deserved to lose their job or go to jail when I could take care of it myself.

  40. Buccfan37 Says:

    Listening to women talk about football is quite the comedy. Is nothing just for men anymore? Tiddlywinks or crocheting maybe.

  41. TampaTown Says:

    Sounds like you’ve never met a woman who knows more about football than you do. That’s too bad. You’re missing out. I always had trouble meeting a guy who knew about football than me.

  42. Gene Deckehoff is my hero Says:

    Jameis didnt grab the girl by the crotch… it still amazes me that people assume he did.