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Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Bucs linebacker is first to support quarterback online with message of support after news of his suspension.
Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander, shown in training camp last year, has shown his support for Jameis Winston after news of his suspension.
 (TIMES FILES | 2017)
Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander, shown in training camp last year, has shown his support for Jameis Winston after news of his suspension. (TIMES FILES | 2017)
Published Jun. 22, 2018

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social media from his teammates.

"We gotcha back @Jaboowins ! I'm riding with ya foreva! Family!!" Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander wrote on Twitter on Friday morning, the first public show of support from inside his locker room.

Alexander came into the league with Winston in the 2015 draft class and the two have been central players on opposite sides of the ball. That support is crucial for Winston's role as a team leader, but Alexander also made it clear the Bucs shouldn't be written off just because of Winston's suspension.

When 620-AM's Tom Krasniqi tweeted that "this year is lost already," Alexander responded on Twitter.

"Haha you guys funny!" he wrote. "This man said the season over already ! ok! … We will be ready trust me! I got FAITH in my team!"

We'll have more reaction from teammates, fans and national writers as more details come out about the suspension, today and in coming days.