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Rick Stroud weighs in on report about possible Jameis Winston suspension

Tampa Bay Times beat reporter Rick Stroud isn't buying an ESPN radio report that any suspension levied against Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston by the NFL would stem from Winston's failure to report an alleged incident between him and a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016.

Rather, Stroud wrote on Twitter, a suspension would be the result of Winston's actions in the car being found in violation of the league's broad personal conduct policy.

Citing Winston's camp, Jeff Cameron, a host on ESPN Tallahassee 97.9 FM, reported Wednesday that the Bucs quarterback could be suspended for up to three games  — but more likely as little as one — next season following the league's investigation into allegations he groped the Uber driver.

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Cameron said the reason why Winston will be suspended may not be for being found guilty of the accusation itself but for "failure to report" the alleged incident.

Stroud disagrees.

Stroud also tweeted that he believes Winston will be suspended for more than the one game cited in the radio report.

The only motivation for such a report, Stroud wrote, "would have been for someone, other than (Winston's) representatives who would know this won't help him with the NFL, to try and get in front of a possible multiple game suspension and blame it on something benign like that."

Stroud engaged in a long dialogue with his followers Wednesday night and today on Twitter. Here are some of the questions he received, along with his answers.

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