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Tampa Bay quarterback vows to win back trust after getting three-game ban over alleged groping incident

Jameis Winston has said he has apologised to team-mates and says he will be a role model for his newborn son and fiancee.

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS quarterback Jameis Winston has said he has apologised to team-mates after being banned for three games over an alleged 2016 sexual assault of an Uber driver.

Winston was hit with his suspension last month after a long-running investigation into the groping of a female driver in Arizona two years ago.

He initially denied the allegations but apologised after the National Football League imposed a three-game ban.

Winston will miss the Bucs’ first three games of the upcoming NFL campaign — 9 September at New Orleans, 16 September at home against reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia and  24 September against visiting Pittsburgh.

Winston told reporters Thursday he had addressed team-mates over his suspension.

I talked to my team-mates yesterday and I apologised to them, because I don’t want to be a distraction. Just want to focus on this season,” Winston said.

The 24-year-old said he had “hard work to do to regain the trust” of those who had supported him.

He also vowed to be a role model for his newborn son and fiancee.

I’m gonna have to teach that man to respect women and live his day-to-day life [the right way],” Winston said.

“I’ve really (taken) it upon myself to be proactive and make sure I’m being a great example for him and my fiancee.”

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Head coach Dirk Koetter was critical of Winston’s conduct.

“It’s disappointing that Jameis put himself in that position and put our team in that position,” Koetter said.

Back-up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the first three games in Winston’s place.

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