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Bucs continue to omit Jameis Winston from team promotions

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are clearly — and understandably — not using Jameis Winston in any team promotions as the franchise quarterback prepares to serve a three-game suspension to start the 2018 NFL season.

The latest glaring omission of Winston came this week when player murals on Raymond James Stadium featured linebacker Lavonte David and tight end Cameron Brate.

It’s the first time since Winston’s rookie season that he has not been among the player murals located on the stadium’s exterior, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed.

This latest decision by the Bucs follows the team releasing four short promotional videos last week bearing a “WREAK HAVOC” theme. Winston was not included in any of the videos.

Instead of Winston, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, receiver Mike Evans, linebacker Kwon Alexander and one celebrating the new team’s upgraded defensive line were used.

Winston’s suspension for the season’s first three games stems from a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The NFL conducted a lengthy investigation into an incident in March of 2016 in which Winston was accused by a female Uber driver of groping her during a ride in Arizona.

Winston does have at least one supporter among his teammates and recently began being mentored by a former NFL great. That said, it’s clear the Buccaneers at this stage believe it’s best to avoid bringing any unnecessary attention to the Winston situation.

It’s difficult to question that approach at this point, although things could change down the road.