DeSean Jackson Says Jameis Winston a 'Good Dude'; Supports QB Amid Suspension

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2018

TAMPA, FL - JULY 30: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 talks with Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson #1 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Training Camp at One Buc Place on July 30, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson called Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston a "good dude and a good teammate" despite his three-game suspension from the NFL for allegedly sexually assaulting an Uber driver in March 2016.

On Friday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from Jackson, who described it as a "tough situation."

"You can't turn your back on someone when they going through something," he said.

Although Winston wasn't arrested or criminally charged, the NFL determined through its investigation that the "driver's account of the incident was consistent and credible."

The league noted the 24-year-old Florida State product can participate in training camp and preseason games, but he must "obtain a clinical evaluation and fully cooperate in any recommended program of therapeutic intervention" and was alerted further violations could result in a "potential ban from the NFL."

Jackson signed a three-year contract with the Buccaneers in March 2017 after previously playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

The veteran wideout made 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns across 14 games during his first season in Tampa.

He'll likely be catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick to open the regular season until Winston is eligible to return Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.

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