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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Jameis Winston, Uber driver reach settlement in sexual battery lawsuit

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston has reached a settlement with the Uber driver who filed a sexual battery lawsuit against him in Arizona two months ago.

According to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, a joint notice of settlement was filed in federal court on Monday, with the Uber driver’s attorney saying the woman “reached an agreement” with the Buccaneers quarterback. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Winston was accused of groping the woman during an Uber ride more than two years ago. He was not criminally charged in the case, but the NFL suspended him for the first three games of the 2018 season after investigating the matter and finding the woman’s account to be consistent and credible. The lawsuit stated that the victim was seeking damages for “emotional distress as well as future therapy expenses.”

The incident occurred after Winston was at a nightclub with friends in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March 2016 and the people he was with called an Uber for the NFL star to be driven home. Winston, who was said to be intoxicated at the time, told the Uber driver he wanted a burrito, so she drove him to a Mexican fast food restaurant. When they were in the drive through line, the woman says Winston leaned over and touched her genitals without consent and that she immediately stopped him and questioned him. She contacted Uber to report the incident the following day.

Winston originally strongly denied the allegations, even having a friend say he was in the Uber car with the QB and that nothing happened. However, another friend later clarified that there were two separate Uber rides that night.

This is not the first time Winston has been accused of sexual misconduct, as he was also the subject of very public sexual assault allegations while in college at Florida State. He was not criminally charged in that case either, but he ended up settling a civil suit and countersuit with the woman out of court.

Bucs WR says ‘impressive’ Jameis Winston deserves contract extension

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Count Mike Evans among those who feel Jameis Winston should be the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the long haul.

Winston, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, has had and up-and-down season to say the least. Winston has been benched, regained the starting gig, was benched again, and once again will be the starter.

Despite his struggles this season, Bucs star wide receiver Mike Evans thinks Winston should receive a contract extension to tie him to team for the foreseeable future.

Earlier this year, Tampa Bay picked up the $21 million option on Winston’s rookie contract for next season. If Winston and the Bucs don’t reach a restructured deal, Tampa will be paying Winston a substantial amount of money. On the other hand, it would give the Bucs one more year to evaluate Winston and decide if they want him to be their long term quarterback.

Jameis Winston to start for Buccaneers in Week 12

In an unsurprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go back to Jameis Winston for Week 12.

The Buccaneers announced Monday that Winston would start at quarterback when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions on 21 passes against the New York Giants on Sunday. He was promptly benched, and Winston nearly led the Buccaneers back from 17 points down against the New York Giants. There was never really any doubt that Winston would get his starting job back despite his ratio of 11 interceptions to eight touchdowns in just five games. He may have the remainder of the season to prove himself.

Buccaneers bench Ryan Fitzpatrick, bring Jameis Winston back

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The revolving door of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks continues.

The Buccaneers once again benched the struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick, bringing Jameis Winston back in with the team trailing 24-7 to the lowly New York Giants.

Winston was originally benched in Week 9 after a series of bad performances, but Fitzpatrick has provided no lift at all. He was 13-of-21 passing on Sunday, but had tossed three picks without finding the end zone. This is probably the last we’ll see of him, and will perhaps be Winston’s final opportunity to show the Buccaneers that he deserves to remain their quarterback of the future.

Jameis Winston’s fiancee fires back at critics of QB on social media

Jameis Winston has grown very accustomed to being criticized, and the quarterback has been around long enough to know that fans were not going to be kind to him after his four-interception performance on Sunday. Winston’s fiancee, however, feels there is a line that should not be crossed.

On Monday, Winston’s fiancee Breion Allen shared an adorable photo of the couple’s son on Instagram. Unfortunately, some trolls took that as an opportunity to rip on Winston for being benched. Allen wasn’t having it.

Allen and Winston, who got engaged back in May, have been together since the quarterback was a star at Florida State. She has stayed with Jameis through the disturbing allegations he faced in college, and she never shies away from defending him.

While you can understand fans heckling Winston for the 10 interceptions he has thrown this season, there’s no need to use a photo of his infant son as a jumping off point. You can’t blame Allen for being upset.

Bucs announce Ryan Fitzpatrick will start over Jameis Winston in Week 9

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Jameis Winston played so poorly in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that head coach Dirk Koetter sent him to the bench, and that is where the quarterback will remain when his team takes on the Carolina Panthers next weekend.

On Monday, Koetter announced that he has decided to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 9.

Winston was benched on Sunday after throwing his fourth interception of the day. That brought his total to 10 picks on the season in less than four games. Fitzpatrick immediately provided the Bucs with a burst of energy when he took over, and he completed 11-of-15 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns while nearing leading the team to a massive comeback victory.

The Buccaneers have simply looked better this season with Fitzpatrick under center. He was on pace to set records through the first three games while Winston was suspended, and even Winston did not seem surprised on Sunday when he lost his job. We may not see the former first-round pick start again in 2018.

Jameis Winston reflects on ‘humbling’ benching

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was benched on Sunday after throwing four interceptions against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Winston had returned to the starting lineup with much fanfare earlier in the season, but after 10 interceptions in four games, the Buccaneers had no choice but to bench him and return to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick nearly led Tampa Bay all the way back and actually tied the game before the Bengals converted on a last-second field goal.

After the game, Winston called the experience “humbling” and admitted he had no one to blame but himself.

Coach Dirk Koetter said no decision had been made on who would start at quarterback for Tampa Bay next week at Carolina. Given how bad Winston was and how Fitzpatrick nearly led them all the way back, it seems more likely than not that Winston will be back on the bench.