NFL investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver

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An allegation that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped an Uber driver in March 2016 is under review by the NFL.

Talal Ansari of BuzzFeed News reported on Friday that the driver received a letter from NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel informing her that the league has heard about the allegations and “opened an investigation into this matter.” A spokesperson for the NFL told PFT on Friday that the matter is under review and that the NFL has reached out to Uber to request any information they may have.

The driver, identified only as Kate, says that she picked up Winston around 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13 in Scottsdale, Arizona and that Winston sat in the front passenger seat next to her. She says Winston asked to get food at a drive-thru restaurant and, per the driver, Winston “reached over and he just grabbed my crotch” while they were waiting for it to be delivered. She claims Winston held his hand there for three to five seconds.

She reported the incident to Uber, but told Ansari she did not go to police because she was afraid of negative backlash if she went that route. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for Uber said “the rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident.”

Russ Spielman, one of Winston’s agents, said that a call from BuzzFeed News was the first he’d heard about the allegations and didn’t have any other comment. BuzzFeed News Deputy News Director Tom Namako later posted a statement from Winston’s representatives on Twitter.

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

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said on Friday, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the team will issue a statement on the matter.

This is not the first time that Winston has been accused of sexual impropriety. In 2016, he settled a civil suit filed by a woman who accused him of raping her in 2012 while he was at Florida State. He was never charged with a crime by Tallahassee, Florida police in that matter.

99 responses to “NFL investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver

  1. How many times does he need to show bad behavior before something real is done about it? Elliott is suspended and Winston is getting slaps on the wrist.

  2. Welp, if this turns out to be true, I think they should cut him. Im a Bucs fan, and this is just the last straw, along with him not being able to throw a deep ball. Time to start looking for a new QB.

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    Welp, if this turns out to be true, I think they should cut him. Im a Bucs fan, and this is just the last straw, along with him not being able to throw a deep ball. Time to start looking for a new QB.
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    As a saints fan I disagree 100%!

  4. This will boil down to “he said, she said”. The driver could be telling the truth or it could just be a ploy for a money grab. I can’t see how they can press charges unless there was a camera in the car. I don’t particularly care for Winston but unless someone else witnessed this, it’s going to go nowhere.

  5. Here we go. First Hollywood, then politicians, now you’re going to be hearing about all kinds of incidents like this with NFL players. It’s good that these incidents are getting out in the open now but it’s depressing to think that it happens so much more often than I ever thought it did.

  6. Sunday morning 2:00 am ( which means Saturday night out) Looking for food ( to quell the hunger of smoking and drinking) …got bored waiting … thought he could hit on the diver cause he is who he is…..

    Only good takeaway from all this….. is he was smart enough not to get behind the wheel of a car…

  7. As a Tampa fan this a real heartbreaker IF true. i didn’t think he was guilty in college for the sexual assault but if kind of behavior continues tampa needs to look for a new QB sooner rather than later.possibly this year if we suck enough.i don’t even know what to hope for.

  8. I’ve always marveled at how consistently stupid this kid turns out to be. I don’t care if he plays for my team, it’s time to move on.

    -Bucs fan, FSU alum.

  9. Is he trying to imply that he let someone use his phone/Uber account to go get food and that it wasn’t him?

  10. Here we go. First Hollywood, then politicians, now you’re going to be hearing about all kinds of incidents like this with NFL players. It’s good that these incidents are getting out in the open now but it’s depressing to think that it happens so much more often than I ever thought it did.

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    Although they get the headlines for obvious reasons, it’s not just Hollywood, politicians, or athletes – it’s also your local doctor’s office, grocery store, mid-sized company, etc. It happens more in more places than most people think.

  11. I don’t know why anyone should be surprised by this latest piece of news. Look at all of the disgusting stuff he got away with at Florida State. This guy is TROUBLE.

  12. As a Cowboys fan, let me describe to you how this will work out….

    The NFL will do an extensive investigation into these allegations, which will ultimately amount to a conclusion of “She said he did it, he says he didn’t.”

    The NFL will then release a dozens-page-long report which can be summarized as follows:

    “Now, we don’t have any prove but… come on… you prolly did it.” And Winston will be given the maximum allowed suspension because this is the big thing folks are outraged about right now and the accused is always guilty in the court of public opinion as well as the NFL justice system.

  13. I think it’s absurd that the NFL is looking into this a year and a half later. No crime, no complaint? Granted Winston is slime, but come on Roger. Now we are all getting the picture why Roger GODell gotta go.

  14. Pretty small potatoes next to a rape charge (one I totally believe is likely to be true). But once you get away with something like that, you are bound to think you can do whatever you want to women.

  15. Well, the precedent has been set by Goodell – anything less than a six game suspension will be a travesty. Don’t even bother with an investigation, because its clear that you don’t even have to do that under Article 46.

  16. Why are people so afraid to report these things to the police?

    So he’s an NFL player. Big deal.
    He’s just a dB if this is true.

  17. You can’t say it’s “immaturity” anymore. He is several years into his NFL career and is still acting like he did in college. Winston is just a flat out entitled, spoiled, jerk.

  18. Winston is a bust emerging. I was wrong, I thought he’d ball out. And he did initially look very promising. But it’s a lost season for Tampa and Famous Jameis doesn’t look like the answer. Additionally…Marcus Mariota doesn’t look like the guy either. That game last night was an abomination.

  19. Its always funny to see how a rumor or allegation somehow is true as soon as the article is posted by some people. Without facts or even background info, he needs to be cut and has already been found guilty of something and people don’t even know what. We are truly living in an alternate universe.

  20. This is a behavior that is scary in the mere fact alone that once someone like this gets away with it, they get brazenly more brave and do so more often. I hope to god that this girl had a camera inside the car recording and her attorneys do NOT release that bit of information until after the NFL attempts another sweep under the rug tactic.

    Let’s not forget that the woman he raped in college had DNA proof against him, and the local Barney Fifes did all they could to cover it up so he could play in the Title game. Sickening.

  21. If the plan is Tom suggest that someone else was using Winston’s uber account, they should feel compelled to identify who that was. Maybe the driver can confirm that identity.

  22. I long for the days where people handled their grievances like adults and didn’t ram their drama down the throats of the public.

    behaviour like this (if it is true) is obviously deplorable but when we are bombarded with these stories on a daily basis, the less rational in society are led to believe that this is how the majority of people behave.

    if you were new to this planet and decided to watch the news or search the web, you would conclude rather quickly that all men are sex offenders, all women are raging feminists, and black and white folk flat out hate one another.

    I encourage every body reading this to remind themselves that the world is not as bad or hateful in “real life” as it is depicted online.

  23. Well….it’s obviously not him right. Eat those W’s. I wanted to root for Tampa with the idea they were up and coming…..but just seeing Winston on Hard Knocks and in general….hard to like.

  24. He got off the hook in college because he was a big deal and was a great player…..not so much in the NFL. Teams are not going to go to war for a bottom tier QB with multiple assault accusations among other issues.

  25. Not saying that he’s not guilty of this or that he is. But I always find it funny when in case of it being involve a person of fame, the accuser never wants to go to the police because of fear of backlash but one way or another these stories are always leaked somehow.

  26. The fact that they’re going with the “anyway, somebody else used my uber account” defense instead of primarily claiming it just didn’t happen, means they know the claim is true, and they know because – duh.

    But to all those saying Winston is innocent until proven, here’s how the local cops treat their college sports stars:
    Nov 2012 – spotted and arrested for shooting pistols on a bike path – released no charge.
    Nov 2012 – shooting BBs at apartment complex, $4000 damage – paid up, released no charge.
    Dec 2012 – Accused of rape – cops drop it when QB identified, revive it 9 months later but by then insufficient evidence.
    July 2013 – Accused of in-store theft, no charge.
    April 2014 – Theft, suspended from baseball team, community work.
    May 2014 – As a witness, skips code-of-conduct hearing of someone else’s sexual impropriety.
    Sept 2014 – Causing a disturbance at campus, nothing done.
    Oct 2014 – Selling autographed merchandise. College decided insufficient evidence…

    And I’m sure there’s other stuff if you look harder.

  27. 6 games. 6 games. 6 games. 6 games. Wait?!?!?! what’s that you say Bucs fans? Unfair accusations? Money grab? Total BS? Welcome to the club that Cowboys and Pats fans now belong to.

  28. smilesaustin says:
    November 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    As a Cowboys fan, let me describe to you how this will work out….

    The NFL will do an extensive investigation into these allegations, which will ultimately amount to a conclusion of “She said he did it, he says he didn’t.”

    The NFL will then release a dozens-page-long report which can be summarized as follows:

    “Now, we don’t have any prove but… come on… you prolly did it.” And Winston will be given the maximum allowed suspension because this is the big thing folks are outraged about right now and the accused is always guilty in the court of public opinion as well as the NFL justice system.

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    Could be. It really depends on where Glazer stands regarding Goodells contract.

  29. Wouldn’t Uber be able to confirm/deny that their driver told them what happened as was reported in the story? And if that’s the case, why wouldn’t Uber go to the cops if they knew one of their drivers was groped by a passenger? They must have thought something was askew because “the rider was permanently removed from the app” which just doesn’t happen on a whim.

    Can’t wait to see how the NFL botches this one.

  30. bbk1000 – this isn’t a problem exclusive to athletes. It’s HUMANS. It’s PEOPLE. They can be scumbags no matter what their profession or status. And it’s not “professional sports” that gets them covered up, it’s MONEY. People who have it can get away with almost anything. People who don’t have it generally don’t get a voice. It’s really that simple.

    This isn’t a sports problem, it’s a society problem. It’s a people problem. And spoiler alert: athletes are people too. Impulsiveness and arrogance are characteristics of humanity, not just the ones who play sports.

    Quit this pigeonholing. It’s over simplification to the point of stupidity

  31. streetyson says:
    But to all those saying Winston is innocent until proven, here’s how the local cops treat their college sports stars . . .
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    Thank you, sir, for that list. It’s exactly what I was talking about when I wrote earlier that the one segment of society that gets at least as much of a pass than good old boy politicians are high-profile college and pro athletes.
    I wasn’t in the Uber car that night, and there isn’t enough information in this story for me to decide at this time whether Jameis Winston is guilty or innocent of this particular accusation.
    Still, your post raises two good question: 1. At what point does the smoke grow so thick that one can be forgiven for suspecting there’s a fire;” 2. In light of all the past incidents involving this man (and those are just the ones we know about), at what point do certain people stop making lame excuses and at least acknowledge he’s given us ample reason to doubt his intentions and his continual protestations of innocence?
    Either Mr. Winston is the most misunderstood, most persecuted, and biggest victim of multiple, unconnected accusers in the history of mankind, or he’s a narcissistic and sociopathic individual who thinks the rules don’t apply to him.

  32. ryann252013 says:
    November 17, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    Go watch the documentary called the “The Hunting Ground” and try to defend Jameis Winston. I dare you.
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    My thoughts exactly. Unfortunately I don’t think many know about that documentary. If they did this guy would have ZERO supporters. He should be in jail.

  33. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    Our president set a bad example

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    Actually Franken is just a Senator. Trump is your president.

  34. Well we’re past BLM, kneelers, now it’s gropers. We learned nothing from the Fells Acres debacle where a man spent half a life in jail over hysteria about child abuse that never actually happened. Gotta be a lot of high up folks shakin’ in their shoes wondering when their turn is coming. Grab your pitchforks!

  35. Let me get this straight,

    Players are kneeling because blacks are being brutalized by police but now we’re hearing that black athletes are being protected by, wait for it, the police.

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    Our president set a bad example
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    Of course you’re referring to Clinton and his cigars, right? How much did he pay those women off that he sexually assaulted and raped?

  37. A lot of women voted for Trump, so that means there are a lot of women who don’t mind men who behave that way. How’s Jameis supposed to know? Women spoke in the last election, and they sent an unclear message. This one is on the girls. Sorry.

  38. The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his uber account was used to call the ride.

    So, someone called an Uber with Winston’s account. The Uber driver said Winston groped her during the subsequent ride. And Winston has been dragged into this? Winston may want to hire a better attorney because this guy is going to get him fried.

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