NFL Investigating Bucs QB Jameis Winston

An Uber driver alleges that she was groped by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in March of last year, Talal Ansari of BuzzFeed News has learned. In a letter to the alleged victim, lead NFL investigator Lisa Friel indicated that an investigation is underway. Jameis Winston (Vertical)

The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston,” the letter reads. “The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter.”

The female driver, identified only as Kate, says that she picked up Winston early on a Sunday morning. His friends placed him in the front seat, even though he was the only passenger. Kate agreed to take Winston to get fast food and the quarterback, she says, placed his hand on her crotch while they were waiting at the drive-thru.

Meanwhile, a Winston’s representative, Russ Spielman, issued a statement denying the allegations:

We categorically deny this allegation. It is our understanding the Uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver inappropriately. The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his Uber account was used to call the ride.”

An Uber spokesperson issued a statement as well, indicating Winston is “permanently banned” from using the app.

The behavior the driver reported is disturbing and wrong,” the statement read (via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, on Twitter). “The rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident.”

Winston has since released a statement on the matter. The third-year Bucs quarterback does not deny he was in the car at that point but said he was not the person in the front seat at the time this alleged incident occurred.

(Buzzfeed’s story) falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her,” Winston said (via Twitter). “The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.

I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.”

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter told reporters that the team will soon release a statement on the matter. The franchise has since done so.

We are in the process of obtaining further information regarding today’s media report,” the team said in a statement. “We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL.”

Winston has encountered trouble on this front before. While at Florida State, the quarterback was accused of rape in 2012. However, Tallahassee, Fla., police did not charge him with a crime in connection with that alleged incident. In 2016, Winston settled a civil suit with his accuser.

No police report was filed by this latest accuser with the Phoenix or Scottsdale, Ariz., Police Departments, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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14 comments on “NFL Investigating Bucs QB Jameis Winston

  1. Ironman_4life

    Shall we start an over under on amount of suspensions and appeals?

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    • connfyoozed

      Sure, and whatever the number is, I’ll take the “over”.

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  2. Polish Hammer

    “&$%# her right in the pu$$y” was heard coming from the gentleman eating crab legs in the back seat…

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  3. BAINES03

    “I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car.”

    umm, no. I think a driver would know if there was a 6’4″, 230 lb man in the back seat in addition to the person in the front seat.

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    • trident

      I wonder how much he is going to pay his buddy for taking the heat.

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  4. Retired NFL Player

    Who knows but this coupled with other sexual assault allegations isn’t a good look for Winston.

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  5. Ezra77

    Not sure if I believe this simply because it has to do with Buzzfeed

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    • Polish Hammer

      He and his agent pretty much concede it happened but claim it wasn’t him and she didn’t specify it was Jim, only that he used his phone to request the driver. He being the stand up dude he is then gives up his buddy in the front seat.

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  6. padam

    Ali Marpet has also filled a harassment suit against Winston.

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  7. LA Sam

    Too bad for Capt. Crablegs it didn’t happen in Tallahassee…..woulda gave him key to the city.

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  8. brucewayne

    Just shows that a leopard doesn’t change his spots huh?

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    • LA Sam

      Exactly, who didn’t see this comin…..modus operandi….his lawyer can explain that term to him….

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