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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston addresses Uber sexual assault allegation with statement

Jameis Winston on Friday released a statement in response to a sexual assault allegation he is being faced with.

Earlier on Friday, BuzzFeed News said that Winston was being investigated by the NFL for an allegation of sexual assault made by a woman who says she drove the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback in March, 2016. The woman accuses Winston of grabbing her crotch without permission after she picked him up in an Uber in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Here’s Winston’s response.

“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The 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. 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,” Winston said in a statement shared by Adam Schefter.

“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 that 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.”

Winston’s mention of “demeanor or presence” making her uncomfortable seems to be a reference to the woman noting Winston’s large physical stature in her allegation. He also acknowledged having his Uber account suspended as a result and seems to indicate he was not sitting next to the woman. The Bucs QB seems to lump the accusation together with the multitude of women coming forward with sexual assault accusations that began with the Harvey Weinstein case.

Winston went through a highly publicized case in college when he was accused of raping a student in 2012. He settled the civil suit out of court.

Jameis Winston accused of sexually assaulting Uber driver

Jameis Winston

The NFL is reportedly investigating an incident in which an Uber driver claims she was sexually assaulted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

The driver, who has only been identified as Kate to protect her privacy, shared with Buzzfeed News a copy of a letter the NFL sent her on Thursday acknowledging that league officials are looking into the matter. Kate says Winston reached over and grabbed her crotch without permission when he was a passenger in her car in March 2016.

The woman told Buzzfeed News that she received a request to pick up a passenger at around 2 a.m. on March 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was informed by an excited group of men that she would be driving for Winston, and the men placed Winston in the front passenger seat. Kate says no one else got into the car and that Winston “behaved poorly” right away by shouting homophobic slurs at pedestrians. He then asked her to stop for food, which is when she says the assault happened.

Kate said she was waiting in line at the drive-thru of Los Betos Mexican Food when Winston “reached over and he just grabbed my crotch.” She said the 23-year-old held his hand there for several seconds and removed it after she asked, “What’s up with that?”

“I wasn’t just creeped out, I was frozen.” Kate recalled, describing Winston as physically imposing. “I mean he’s an NFL quarterback and I’m 5-foot-6. I’m not prepared for that. So I completely froze.”

Kate immediately reported the incident to Uber, but she says she did not go to the police out of fear of public backlash. An Uber representative said the type of behavior allegedly exhibited by Winston is “absolutely not tolerated” and recommended that Kate contact law enforcement. A screenshot shared by Buzzfeed News showed that Kate reported the incident at 3:52 p.m. on the day she says it occurred. An Uber representative told Buzzfeed that Winston has been banned from using the service.

Some photos on the Arizona Cardinals website show that Winston was in the Scottsdale area on March 12 taking part in Kurt Warner’s charity flag football event.

Russ Spielman, one of Winston’s agents, issued a statement denying the allegation and claiming Uber was unable to confirm if Winston was actually the man in the car.

“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,” Spielman wrote. “The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his uber account was used to call the ride.”

Winston was accused of raping a woman while he was in college at Florida State in 2012, and he has since settled a civil lawsuit in the case. Erica Kinsman, the woman who says she was forced to have sex with Winston, shared her disturbing account of the incident roughly two years ago.

The Buccaneers did not provide comment on the allegations or NFL investigation.

Jameis Winston met with Dr. James Andrews over injured shoulder

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be out at least a few weeks as he nurses an injured shoulder, but it could end up being a bit longer than that.

Although he downplayed the nature of the visit, JoeBucsFan.com reports that Winston met with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

“I’ve known Dr. Andrews a long time,” Winston said. “Standard protocol.

“I’m preparing to rehab hard for these next couple of weeks and see where we go from there.”

Generally, when an athlete is meeting with Dr. James Andrews face-to-face it’s not a positive sign. However, Winston insists he and Andrews are friends and it was nothing more than a courtesy consult and neighborly hello.

Winston said he’s known Andrews since he was a sixth grade student, and even told a story about meeting Drew Brees in Andrews’ office shortly after the future Hall of Famer became a member of the New Orleans Saints.

In Winston’s absence, the Buccaneers will ride on the arm of veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will ironically make his first start against his former team, the New York Jets.

Jameis Winston being shut down for a few weeks to rest shoulder

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is reportedly being shut down a few weeks to rest his injured shoulder.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shares the report about Winston, saying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will let the QB rest a few weeks.

Winston started and played on Sunday in Tampa Bay’s loss to New Orleans. However, he was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick at halftime due to his shoulder. Winston was 7 of 13 for 67 yards prior to leaving the game.

Winston has been bothered by his shoulder for a good part of the season. He injured it against the Cardinals on Oct. 15 and was replaced by Fitzpatrick in that game. He then re-injured the shoulder a few weeks later.

Winston is not playing up to expectations entering the season, and his bad shoulder is likely the reason for it.

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces injured Jameis Winston at quarterback for Bucs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was benched with an injury at the start of the second half of the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints and replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Buccaneers confirmed that Winston was dealing with a shoulder injury — which has lingered for weeks — and was considered questionable to return.

Winston originally injured the shoulder three weeks ago, and recently re-aggravated the problem. Apparently it had gotten to the point where it wasn’t worth playing through anymore. He’d gone 7-for-13 with 67 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions in the first half, and the struggling Buccaneers were down 16-3 to New Orleans when they went into the locker room.

Jameis Winston will play Sunday despite re-injuring shoulder

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston aggravated his lingering shoulder injury last week, but it won’t rule him out of Sunday’s game.

Coach Dirk Koetter told SiriusXM NFL Radio Saturday that Winston re-injured his shoulder on a sack in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills, but the injury is not serious enough to keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

“He played very well, especially in the second half against Buffalo,” Koetter said, via JoeBucsFan. “We did have that one sack-fumble in the first half and he kind of re-injured it.”

Winston originally injured his shoulder in Week 6. He played quite well against the Bills, so it doesn’t seem that the injury is hindering him too much.

Jameis Winston practices normally, will start Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will battle through a shoulder injury to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday that Winston will start after going through a normal practice despite a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

“He’s our starter. Jameis will be our starter. He’ll be out there,” Koetter said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “Jameis threw the ball well today. He threw it well.”

Winston himself said that it was mostly just a question of managing the pain.

“It’s not really about passes and making the throws,” Winston said. “It’s just the pain. That’s all. This is a long season. That’s the biggest thing — it’s a long season.”

There was definitely a chance that Winston would sit out on Sunday, but he and the team have apparently decided that the quarterback can cope with the pain and still contribute.