Jameis Winston says he was not the only passenger in an Uber car the night a driver alleges that he sexually assaulted her, and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby is willing to vouch for Winston’s side of the story.
On Sunday, Darby released a statement saying he was on the same Uber ride with Winston, and the two were sitting in the back seat. Darby, who played college ball with Winston at Florida State, also said “nothing inappropriate” happened during the ride and the accusations the driver made are “not true.”
“I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona. There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported,” Darby said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. “Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true.”
The driver says Winston was riding in the front passenger seat was the only other person in the car besides herself. She alleges that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback grabbed her inappropriately while in line at a drive-thru waiting for food.
Winston came out immediately after the allegations surfaced and said they are false. There has been some confusion over the amount of people in the vehicle, and one of Winston’s representatives said the QB has only been accused because the Uber account was under his name. Winston confirmed that Uber suspended his account after the driver filed a complaint.
There is some confusion over the amount of passengers who were in the Uber that has led to a sexual assault accusation made against Jameis Winston.
The NFL reportedly is investigating an allegation of sexual assault made by the driver of an Uber against Jameis Winston in Scottsdale, Ariz. in March, 2016. The woman accuses the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback of grabbing her crotch without permission.
Winston responded with a statement in which he said the allegations were false. One of his arguments is that the driver is mistaken about the number of passengers in the car, who was sitting next to her, and who may have groped her. In her allegation, the woman said Winston was the only passenger.
Winston’s reps believe a voicemail from an Uber rep named “Chris” who called about the incident and indicated there may have been multiple passengers aids their case.
The article from @BuzzFeed alleges Jameis Winston was the only passenger in the car. Winston and his reps say no. I listened to the original voicemail from “Chris” from Uber stating “you or someone else in your vehicle" engaged in inappropriate behavior.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2017
The voicemail to #Bucs QB Jameis Winston from a person IDing himself as Chris from the Uber office — which I have listened to — is one reason Winston’s reps show multiple people were in the car. There is no known video of the incident
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2017
It’s unclear if the Uber representative who left the message used that particular choice of words because he knew there were multiple passengers, or if that’s standard language used in all calls they make. Only one account holder orders an Uber, regardless of how many passengers there will be. So a representative might just use that language in a phone call because they are uncertain over the number of passengers.
Absent more information surrounding the voicemail, the message alone does not prove Winston is telling the truth about there being multiple passengers. So it still comes down to both sides are saying something different about how many passengers there were.
Jameis Winston has responded to the sexual assault allegations against him that came to light on Friday, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback says he has been wrongly accused.
In a statement, Winston said the claim that he put his hand on a female Uber driver’s crotch without consent is “false.”
“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,” Winston said, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “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.”
The Uber driver said Winston was the only person in her car at the time, but Winston seems to be refuting that. Winston’s agent said previously that the driver was unable to identify the specific individual who inappropriately touched her and only named Winston because the account belonged to him.
You can read more details of the alleged incident here, but the driver did not seem uncertain that it was Winston who assaulted her. The NFL is investigating the incident, and the Bucs said Friday that they are also in the process of obtaining information.
Bucs statement on the Winston matter pic.twitter.com/FOPBHWCLda
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 17, 2017
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.
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.
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 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.