Jameis Winston: The accusations against me are false

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Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has released a statement in response to allegations that he groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2016.

In the report by BuzzFeed News, Winston is accused of grabbing the driver’s crotch while waiting for food at a drive-thru restaurant. Winston denied that accusation in a statement posted to social media on Friday afternoon.

“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.

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.”

In the account provided to BuzzFeed News, the driver, identified only as Kate, said that Winston was the only passenger in the car during the ride in question.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said earlier on Friday that the matter is under review and that the league has reached out to Uber for any information they may have. The Buccaneers also released a statement saying they “take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL.”

94 responses to “Jameis Winston: The accusations against me are false

  1. Uber rarely suspends passengers without proof. They want the income. They will suspend drivers at every opportunity though.

  2. Assaulting an Uber driver: The accusations against me are false

    Stealing crab legs: The accusations against me are false

    Raping an FSU student: The accusations against me are false

    In other words, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a job for the next seven weeks

  3. She was confused on how many passengers and who was sitting next to her? I’ve ridden in a lot of vehicles and I’ve never confused myself with who I was sitting by. That’s a weak reply. At least make up a believeable lie.

  4. Was he in the rookie symposium when Carter said every player needs a “fall guy”? Sounds like he was.

  5. We have to assume he’s innocent until proven guilty, but at some point you have to wonder why there is so much smoke around this guy if there’s no fire.

  6. I’ll side with the evidence 10 of 10 times.

    There was 0 evidence of rape. I sided with him.

    If there is evidence of assault, I’ll side with her. And I’m done with all thing TB until Winston is gone.

    Simple.

  7. It sounds like there were multiple people in the vehicle. Winston will just pay one of his guys a lot of money to say he groped the woman.

  8. Well, since just about everyone else in the country is being brought up on sexual harassment charges these days, I guess Winston might as well be, too.

  9. So far we have:

    – Sexual Assault ‘Incident’
    – Crab Legs Dissapearing
    – BB gun Incident
    – FHRITP incident in Student Commons
    – Uber Groping.

    All FALSE accusations OBVIOUSLY.

  10. This guy is gross and out of control – It’s become so obvious that he’s a predator, who feels entitled and can’t keep his hands to himself. What is sad is that he has done it before and since he is a rich media darling and very likable, there is no recourse. This kid has all the resources available to prevent these types of things.

  11. nutpunchnancy says:
    November 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    Im thinking female cash grab here.
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    She has explicitly said she is not seeking any damages or money. Get the information before you victim-shame.

  12. Jameis how could your “demean her” have made her feel uncomfortable if you were not sitting next to her, which you imply with your previous comment.

  13. dcpatfan says:
    Sorry J,
    On this board you have to be a good ol’ boy senator before your to be believed.

    A truly laughable statement, considering the one segment of society that gets an even bigger pass in this society than “good old boy” politicians are high-profile college and professional athletes.
    Then again, I’ve read enough of your comments to know exactly why you’re taking up for Mr. Winston. I know the reason, and so do you.

  14. Well, if he was the only passenger, and he is suspended from Uber, it must have been a ghost who groped this lady. It’s funny how this “allegedly” happened last March and is just now coming to light. Wonder if that would/should have warranted a suspension?

  15. Wes Hood says:

    November 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Guilty as accused right?

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    When you have a track record like Winston’s, yes, probably…

  16. Dumb enough to shoplift crab legs. Probably smart enough to not feel up a babe! I’m sure he didn’t do ANYTHING inapproriate in that Uber car because He learned his lesson from Publix!

  17. Winston’s character was so tarnished before he arrived in the NFL. He has done nothing to help rebuild it with his repeated bad behavior. The judgement of the NFL teams FO should be responsible since they decided that keeping them around was the better decision. They should all be held accountable for his actions.

  18. quintorisjones says:
    November 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm
    I’ll side with the evidence 10 of 10 times.

    There was 0 evidence of rape. I sided with him.

    If there is evidence of assault, I’ll side with her. And I’m done with all thing TB until Winston is gone.

    Simple.

    ……..

    You’re aware that testimony is a form of evidence, right?

  19. What a mess in Tampa. Best thing they could do is suspend the Winston experience and immediately implement a plan for ne t years QB situation. The guy is a clown.

  20. Can we officially say that probably 90 percent of Jason Lichts draft picks have absolutely STUNK??? Jameis is proven to be an average QB but now he STLL has the character issues that plagued him in college. Character information is one of the main purposes of the front office. He’s missed on players AND he has missed on Charcter. #FireJasonLicht

  21. Amazing how stupid people on the interweb and in this country have become. We are considered innocent until PROVEN guilty, yet every accusation tossed out there these days seems end up as a conviction in the court of public opinion.

    I have no clue if he did it or not, but let’s let the justice system decide that, not all of us keyboard warriors…

  22. I expect a one year investigation that ignores all NLF “evidence” and results in a 6 game suspension. Rules are rules.

  23. You’re aware that testimony is a form of evidence, right?

    ___________

    You are aware that by definition, testimony is only considered evidence IF it is a sworn declaration of fact. Fact. When accused of drinking, drugs, and beating and all are proven by toxicology report as negative…that is no longer evidence as it is no longer fact.

    It is actually perjury at that point…

  24. Birdie048 says:
    November 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    Winston’s character was so tarnished before he arrived in the NFL. He has done nothing to help rebuild it with his repeated bad behavior. The judgement of the NFL teams FO should be responsible since they decided that keeping them around was the better decision. They should all be held accountable for his actions.

    4 0 Rate This

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    Do you live in Tampa? Didn’t think so. I live in Tampa and Winston has been exceptional in the community. He is really trying and this is such a tough pill swallow. I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst. #ITSABUCSLIFE

  25. Great role model. He’ll get the Big Ben treatment..pay her off, story goes away, criminal walks free. Where is the justice? It’s all about the $$$

  26. bkgrime says:
    November 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Birdie048 says:
    November 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    Winston’s character was so tarnished before he arrived in the NFL. He has done nothing to help rebuild it with his repeated bad behavior. The judgement of the NFL teams FO should be responsible since they decided that keeping them around was the better decision. They should all be held accountable for his actions.

    4 0 Rate This

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    Do you live in Tampa? Didn’t think so. I live in Tampa and Winston has been exceptional in the community. He is really trying and this is such a tough pill swallow. I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst. #ITSABUCSLIFE

    1 1 Rate This

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    Welcome to the Article 46 Club!

    – Pats, Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys Fans

    We’re not in the special club of 6 who tell Goodell what to do and I am not sure Glazer is either.

  27. I don’t need evidence to know certain people were in the wrong or lying.
    The list goes something like (in any order):

    PacMan Jones
    Vontaze Burfict
    Roger Goodell
    Cam Newton
    Jameis Winston

  28. Good thing Cris Carter is welcomed in the HOF and apparently respected as a football analyst after being caught suggesting draft picks lie about transgressions and blame it on someone else.

    That’s classy and very becoming of what a HOF player should be.

  29. Jameis Winston take the suspension. Genius DeMaurice Smith failed to read and comprehend Article 46 with a 10 year no exit deal in 2011 CBA.

    It is fine sine De got a five year extension due to his great work thanks to Eric Winston Richard Sherman and the rest of the NFLPA Executive Committee.

    Eric Winston thought it was great to have a lawyer who loves every case to the NFL as the Director. Hey, Smith has spent $113MM on lawyers since 2011 without a win.

  30. sumkat says:

    November 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    This is what happens after a night out on the town when you are all hopped up on eating W’s

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    A possible sexual assault is not funny, but this post made me laugh out loud. I think even his teammates thought he was nuts when he did that.

  31. flviking says:
    November 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm
    I have taken cabs and uber rides. Never have I sat in the front seat. Whats he doing up there?
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    I have driven for and used Uber as a rider. MANY passengers sit in the front seat.

  32. Seriously, how many times does someone have to say that allegations against them are false until some people will start wondering why they hear those words coming out of the same persons mouth over and over…i’m all for innocent until proven guilty but jesus, this guy has an incident EVERY year and nothing ever happens to him.

  33. The way this story came out is not a good look for Winston. It isn’t some girls lawyer announcing this to the press the following day… it seems like this was leaked by an Uber employee to Buzzfeed 18 months after it happened.

    Seems like this definitely happened and I think the sober driver has a better memory than the drunk passenger at Taco Bell on the way home.

  34. Let’s see, who is more credible?

    The person doing their job whose involvement in this sort of thing could only have negative employment repercussions.

    Or the star athlete who has already had to settle a lawsuit alleging that he raped someone, who got accused of theft, and who demonstrated juvenile and impulsive behavior on camera as recently as the game against the Saints?

    Hmmm…

  35. He is saying other people were with him, inside the car.
    If this is true, there are WITNESSES!
    They need to come forward and testify, as to the veracity of the driver’s / Winston’s version of the incident.
    If there were no other players in the car, that is not good for Winston

  36. Don’t like Winston, never supported him, but me “non famous person” would never, ever sit in the front seat with my Uber drver or any driver unless there were 2-3 people already in the back- and they also don’t expect it. This story is weird & that’s all I have to say…

  37. Just exactly how many unfounded accusations does he have now? Gooddell considers a out of court settlement, as something that has never happened. Just make sure you pay the lady.

  38. “Jameis Winston take the suspension. Genius DeMaurice Smith failed to read and comprehend Article 46 with a 10 year no exit deal in 2011 CBA.”
    _________________

    Apparently every players union rep since 1968 failed to read it and even Rozelle and Tagliabue must not have comprehended it. Without Roger none of us would know it meant the commissioner could make up the rules as he went along

  39. Let’s recap this, investigated for rape at FSU, police dropped the charges because there was a game to play, arrested for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket, charges dropped, now sexually assaulting an Uber Driver, innocent once again.

    Anyone see a pattern here?

  40. fdugrad says:
    November 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    He is saying other people were with him, inside the car.
    If this is true, there are WITNESSES!
    They need to come forward and testify, as to the veracity of the driver’s / Winston’s version of the incident.
    ________________________________________________________

    Pretty sure Winston’s attorney would have no trouble getting Chris Carter and the 20 other guys that were in that Cooper Mini to provide statements.

  41. codiablo says:
    November 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    Don’t like Winston, never supported him, but me “non famous person” would never, ever sit in the front seat with my Uber drver or any driver unless there were 2-3 people already in the back- and they also don’t expect it. This story is weird & that’s all I have to say…
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    As a former driver for Uber, I’d say half of my riders sat in the front seat by choice. Until the first person did it I never would have even thought about it happening, but apparently its quite common.

  42. “Do you live in Tampa? Didn’t think so. I live in Tampa and Winston has been exceptional in the community. He is really trying and this is such a tough pill swallow. I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst. #ITSABUCSLIFE”

    What the heck does this mean? That he does all of the typical staged PR ops in children’s hospitals that all high profile players do, and thus its impossible he’s a POS? Or that he’s “really trying” to not be a scumbag?

  43. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 17, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Trump set a bad example
    ____________________
    Always trying to force politics into every post by you, huh? This is why the Democrat Party is at 90 year lows nationally in seats and you are oblivious to that reality.

    Sorry, Patsfan, but Hollywood which is 99% Democrat is being exposed as pedophiles and rapists and now three sitting Democrat US Senators are facing credible charges of abuse — Al Franken (sexually assaulting sleeping women, Bob Menendez (on trial for taking bribes and using that money to hire underage prostitutes), and Blumenthal (sexually assaulting staff and having the Government use taxpayer money to pay his settlements).

    You Alt-Left loons are just so clueless. Now stick to football.

  44. Everyone is a victim now days. Problem is, most victims are lying about it and are only playing victim because it is trendy. Hopefully the idea that being a victim is cool goes away sooner than later. All these trends.do is make it hard to believe people who are actual victims. I will give the leftists credit though. They are vigorous in their attempts to get people to pick a side.

  45. Doesn’t matter at all if he’s innocent, with Goodell’s nonexistent burden of proof, he’s as good as suspended, especially with all the Hollywood allegations, good PR for the NFL.

  46. This poster who thinks Elliot shouldn’t have been suspended since charges weren’t even FILED, doesn’t think Winston should either unless charges are filed or worse. Twitter outrage doesn’t make people guilty, there’s twitter outrage about potato chip flavors and apparently nugget dipping sauce.

    The good news for Winston is that Lisa Friel knows his team isn’t in the NFC East, so take solace in that Bucs fan.

  47. Time for jameis to say she called him racial slurs , when all else fails play the race card. He will have Michael Wilbon, jemele Hill, bomani Jones, Ryan Clark call him a victim immediately and blame all white people for his problems

  48. I find it interesting that Winston is automatically a liar, but say, Trump who is on tape is forgiven for his sins against women. Zeke’s accuser is a liar for her accusation, despite some evidence plus proven anti-women behavior outside of it, but Winston’s accuser who has zero evidence is automatically believed. And it isn’t just this story. I can predict what the tool shed is going to vote up or down based on the story and who, and what color presents it – Zeke aside. That says a lot about this country, but it also says a lot about this site and its commentators. It would frankly be disgusting if it wasn’t so blatantly obvious.

    And yes there are some I leave out of that comment, but not many.

  49. When Winston came out of college, I thought the Bucs were taking a big chance on this guy. There were just too many incidents connected with him. Frankly, I thought he got away with a lot of stuff back at FSU. If you have good character and do the right things, accusations and innuendos don’t follow you around constantly. I wondered whether (and how long) Winston would be able to keep himself out of trouble as an NFL player. I guess we now know the answer. Leopards don’t change their spots, and Winston doesn’t seem to have grown up yet. I’ll give him credit: he lasted longer than I thought he would before allegations started flying.

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