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Friend disputes Jameis Winston’s Uber story

Jameis Winston

The attorney for a friend of Jameis Winston spoke on the record to ESPN about the alleged Uber incident and seems to have shed some light on the matter.

Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, reportedly is being suspended three games by the NFL for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The violation has to do with an allegation he is facing from an Uber driver.

In Nov. 2017, a woman who said she drove Winston in an Uber in March 2016, claimed that she was groped by Winston while driving him. The woman claimed that Winston was placed into her car alone by a group of friends and told by them she would be driving someone famous. She told Buzzfeed in her initial story that Winston was acting inappropriately from the start of the drive by yelling at people. She says he grabbed her crotch while they were waiting in a drive-through line at a Mexican fastfood restaurant. She says she initially froze and then he finally removed his hand after she said something.

Winston denied the allegation, and then called into question some details about the event. He said that the woman was mistaken about how many people were in the car.

“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,” Winston said in his statement.

Winston even got backup from another friend, his former college teammate, Ronald Darby. Darby vouched for Winston, saying he was in the car with Winston for their Uber ride and that they were in the backseat and nothing happened. The woman’s attorney says that is a lie.

So what to make of all this? Well, another man who was with Winston that night says that Winston and Darby appear to be talking about a different Uber ride.

Brandon Banks, a former Vanderbilt football player who is serving 15 years in prison for aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery for his role in a 2013 gang rape, says he was with Winston and Darby that night. Speaking on his client’s behalf, Banks’ attorney told ESPN that the three men were in an Uber ride together that evening, which was separate from the ride where Winston is accused of groping the driver.

“Brandon was never in the car with this victim,” the attorney told ESPN. “They were two different events, two different Uber drivers.”

If that is the case, then Winston and Darby appear to be lying intentionally to create confusion and distract from the accusation. Winston’s Uber account was suspended as a result of the matter.

Darby also defended Winston against the sexual assault allegation the quarterback faced at Florida State.

10 biggest bargains of Super Bowl LII

James Harrison

The best players in sports don’t always have the highest salaries, and the Super Bowl is no different. For every Fletcher Cox, Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore making the big bucks, there are guys who made about $10 million less per year and still make a huge impact. For some of those players, big paydays will be coming this offseason. For others, being a bargain is part of what makes them so great.

Here are the 10 players from Super Bowl LII who are the biggest bargains for their team. All salary figures come courtesy of Spotrac.com.

10. Trey Flowers, DE, Patriots

Base salary: $615,000
Cap hit: $754,733

On a team that struggles to get to the quarterback, Flowers has emerged as the best pass-rusher. A fourth-round pick in 2015, Flowers sat out his entire rookie season with an injury but has consistently produced since. He had 6.5 sacks in the regular season this year after piling up seven a year ago, and he added two forced fumbles and 45 total tackles in 2017. He also helped stuff the run late in a comeback win over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. If New England wants to make Nick Foles uncomfortable early on Sunday, Flowers may be the guy they look to.

9. Ronald Darby, CB, Eagles

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10 under-the-radar players who could impact the Super Bowl

James Harrison

Anything can happen in one single NFL game. Little-known players can have the game of their lives as they step up and play like a star. That’s true even in high-profile games like the Super Bowl. All you have to do is look at the list of MVPs for confirmation of that. You have your usual luminaries — Tom Brady has won the award four times, Eli Manning has claimed it twice, and Von Miller has his name on it as well. However, you can also spot lesser-known names like Dexter Jackson for Tampa Bay in 2003 and Malcolm Smith beating out everyone from the famed Legion of Boom to claim the honor in 2014 for the Seattle Seahawks. When the Patriots won the Super Bowl last season, it was James White with a huge game. In their victory over Seattle, Malcolm Butler stepped up with the play of the game.

Which under-the-radar players could take Super Bowl LII by storm? Here’s a look at ten candidates.

1) James White, RB, Patriots

White doesn’t get a ton of carries, but you’ll remember what he’s capable of if you watched last year’s Super Bowl. He’s the Patriots’ primary backfield receiving threat, and while he’s not going to get a ton of carries, only three Patriots had more receptions this season than White did. He’s already proven once that he’s capable of changing a playoff game. The Eagles will have to take care to ensure that he doesn’t do it to them as well.

2) Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles

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Ronald Darby vouches for Jameis Winston, says he was in Uber car with QB

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.

Report: Eagles CB Ronald Darby has dislocated ankle

Ronald Darby ankle

Ronald Darby’s debut with the Philadelphia Eagles had an unfortunate ending.

The Philly cornerback suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter while covering Washington tight end Jordan Reed in their Week 1 game on Sunday.

Darby was carted off after the injury and was replaced by Patrick Robinson.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Darby has a dislocated ankle and will undergo an MRI to determine further damage.

The dislocation seemed evident to the naked eye.

Darby was acquired by Philly in a trade with Buffalo before the season.

Ronald Darby taped to goal post, had water dumped on him at practice (Video)

Last week at Jets camp, rookie Lorenzo Mauldin returned to his locker to find it completely covered with tape. In that incident, Mauldin got away rather easily. At Bills camp, Ronald Darby’s rookie treatment was more along of the lines of what you would expect to see.

The Bills selected Darby in the second round of this year’s draft and he has reportedly looked good so far in practices. That said, he still has to go through the rite of passage and part of that process involved tape and cold water. After a recent practice teammates taped the cornerback to one of the goal posts and doused him with water.

Thankfully, his teammates helped to separate Darby from the post once this part of his initiation into the NFL was complete. As something to look forward to, Darby will be the one helping out in these situations a year from now, instead of being the victim.

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H/T Eye On Football