TAMPA — And here you thought those garbage pails around training camp fields were just for players to throw up in.
The electric light parade of Jameis Winston well-meaning apologists is off and marching, to the same tune, as the Bucs have reported to training camp. Having their suspended quarterback's back seems to be front and center. Unfortunate.
"Oh, we support him fully," Bucs offensive lineman Ali Marpet said. "Again, as corny as it is. we are one family. When one of us is down, we've got his back."
And there was Bucs star receiver Mike Evans.
"That's my boy, one of my best friends," Evans said. "Obviously, I was hurt by it. But we've been going to war together for three years, it will be four years now. Missing those first three games … that's it. Stuff happens."
And there was Bucs linebacker Lavonte David:
"He's disappointed himself for doing that," David said. "It was just an unfortunate situation. No matter what, we got his back. We had his back from the beginning and we're going to continue to have his back. Just a silly mistake back in the day. Just a silly mistake. He knows it. We all know it. But we got his back,"