Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver and ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson has thrown out his two cents on the Jameis Winston investigation.
Keyshawn Johnson isn’t exactly what you would call a fan favorite among Tampa Bay Buccaneers followers. There have been numerous stories regarding his disconnect from the locker room, feud with Warren Sapp, and “me first” attitude. Now, the ESPN analyst has given his opinion on the ongoing Jameis Winston saga as we still await the official decision from the NFL.
Johnson spoke with KSPN-AM 710 according to Joe Bucs Fan and had this to say regarding the Bucs’ signal caller;
"“When I saw the Jameis report I thought, ‘Man, you just can’t stay out of trouble.’ And there’s something, and I’m not a doctor, nor do I plan on being, but there’s something wrong with you. If this is in fact true, the fact that you keep coming up with some type of sexual behavioral problems towards women, there’s something wrong mentally. I don’t care what anyone says. There’s something wrong.”"
Maybe this time last year a comment such as this one would have inspired one of my angry rants, ripping Johnson up and down for his stupidity.
Not this time.
To Johnson’s credit, I think he may be on to something. I’m not going to go so far as to say there truly is something mentally wrong with Winston. However, there may be a little truth behind this. The reports, as we’ve heard, are that Winston used this Uber – along with Ronald Darby and Brandon Banks – to leave a nightclub. According to Banks, Winston was “intoxicated and unruly” when they put him in the car.
As more information comes out with the official announcement of the NFL, we may see one of the conditions of the suspension to be some sort of substance program Jameis Winston must enter. No, alcohol or other substances is not an excuse for his behavior – if the allegations are true – but it could answer some of the other indiscretions Winston has had in the past.
A young kid, drafted before he’s 21 years old, suddenly has wealth most of us can’t even fathom as well as celebrity among his community and within the NFL community. There is a maturity, a responsibility that come with that and Winston may not have been ready. It’s not out of the question to think Winston was in a club, buying up drinks, ordering bottle service, and partying like any of us would at 22 years old with unlimited funds.
This is pure speculation, but it’s another way of looking at the events that transpired. Again, alcohol or other substances do not excuse the behavior he was accused of having, but there may be more to the events that night that we don’t know about and may never find out.
Whatever the case is, we just have to continue to hope that the incident in March 2016 was the final straw that got Jameis Winston’s head on straight and made him finally mature to the level that we never have to worry about discussing something like this ever again.