Third man with Jameis Winston and Ronald Darby is now in prison for rape

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Since word first surfaced that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had been accused of groping a female Uber driver, it was known that Winston was with his former Florida State roommate, Ronald Darby, on the night in question. It was also reported at the time that a third man was with Winston and Darby, and today comes news that the third man was Brandon Banks, a former Vanderbilt football player who is now in prison for rape.

Banks’ attorney, Mark Scruggs, told ESPN that Banks was with Winston and Darby in a different Uber earlier in the evening, but that Winston went into the car alone with the driver who accused him of grabbing her crotch later in the night. Darby claimed the three of them were all in the Uber together and Winston was never alone with the woman. Scruggs said Banks doesn’t know what happened between Winston and the driver because Winston and the driver were the only people in the car.

“What happened after that, they cannot say,” Scruggs said of Banks and Darby.

The Uber incident took place in March of 2016, after Banks had been accused of raping a woman in a Vanderbilt dorm room but before he had gone on trial. Banks would later be convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Winston himself was accused of raping a woman when he played at Florida State, and Winston’s decision to associate with another man who was awaiting trial on a rape charge will fuel questions about Winston’s judgment.

Scruggs said that the NFL tried to interview Banks in prison in the league’s investigation of Winston, but that Banks refused to talk to anyone without his lawyer present, and that the NFL never contacted Scruggs.

94 responses to “Third man with Jameis Winston and Ronald Darby is now in prison for rape

  1. Winston is done!

    Teams knew this about him early. But they still shrugged it off.

    Sad!

  2. Wow. This story just gets crazier. Banks – enjoy prison. Jameis – if guilty you need to pay the price & certainly shouldn’t be playing football.

    Why is it so hard for some people to keep their hands to themselves or get laid without having to rape?!

    Despicable.

  3. Judgement!?! You’re talkin’ judgement??? (in my best Mora voice) …

    he’s not who we thought he was, or maybe he is???? (Dennis Green)

    Jameis is severely lacking in these particular areas ….

  4. I think we can start saying that Jameis has definitely not lived up to the hype following his Heisman winning season. He has gone down the hill in terms of maturity, his mechanics have never improved, his release is still awkward and too slow, he still struggles with turnovers…for the Bucs sake, they should hope the suspension is a wake up call because he can be a very elite QB

  5. trubiscuitbears34 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Wow. This story just gets crazier. Banks – enjoy prison. Jameis – if guilty you need to pay the price & certainly shouldn’t be playing football.

    Why is it so hard for some people to keep their hands to themselves or get laid without having to rape?!

    Despicable.

    10 1 Rate This
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    Thumbs down because I don’t agree with rape? Yeah shame on me what was I thinking.

  6. Being friends with a rapist, doesn’t make a person a rapist. C’mon man.

    I’m not saying that Winston is innocent, I have no idea about that until he is, you know, found guilty in a court of law. Presumption of something something, and all that.

  7. Since he was playing at FSU, I have been highly skeptical of Winston. He has a repeated history of weird behavior, from outright theft to accusations of sexual abuse. When the Bucs drafted him I said they would regret that decision. He is a troubled young man with money, and that’s a volatile, even dangerous combination. Tampa Bay would be wise to cut him. Given his ongoing penchant for getting into trouble, he’s just not worth the trouble of keeping him on. It’s not like he’s led the Bucs to the Super Bowl or anything. He’s not a world-class talent. If he were, he’d be indispensable–but he’s not. Dump him, Tampa. There are other QBs who are as good as he is and who don’t get in trouble with the law on a regular basis.

  8. unfortunately Winston has a two comma salary in a three comma industry, so he’ll take his suspension “deal” and await a change of the news cycle and nothing will come of it. UNLESS video is leaked

  9. The fan backlash was already starting in Tampa this morning. The Buccaneers will have to adress this especially in the era of #metoo. He may in fact be done.

  10. Anybody with half a brain could see he was not worth the trouble. First overall pick is disgusting. Tampa Bay should be real proud of their decision. They will probably sign him to a big extension instead.

  11. It’s funny because when I read about a NHL player accused of domestic abuse, it was. “Liberal witch hunt” but now that it’s a black player, it’s “he’s done, rapist”…if you people can’t see the double standard you’re setting, you’re as blind as the MORON you voted into the White House who cares nothing about putting children in internment camps and taking them away from their families but gosh darn it how important it is for football players to stand during an anthem

  12. aj66shanghai says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    Being friends with a rapist, doesn’t make a person a rapist. C’mon man.

    I’m not saying that Winston is innocent, I have no idea about that until he is, you know, found guilty in a court of law. Presumption of something something, and all that.

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    Presumption of innocence? Seriously, in the age of #metoo?

    Sorry, no man enjoys the presumption of innocence anymore. Not AT ALL saying he is innocent, but that doesn’t matter anymore thanks to Hollywood and their sycophantic liberal allies.

  13. As a titans fan I told people at the time that if we somehow got Winston I’d change teams. Glad TB made it impossible. Mariota’s character is beyond reproach.

  14. All this time I have been giving Winston the benefit of the doubt. Not any more. #MeToo.

    It’s very true, Tampa was desperate when they drafted him. I am a Bucs fan. Long time. 20+ years. But this? I don’t care what kind of pass he can throw. I don’t care what kind of intangibles he posses over all QBs. Get him out of Tampa. Get him out of the NFL. Now. It’s a privilege to play in the NFL. Its the genetic lottery to play in the NFL. But give someone a chance that deserves it. Winston doesn’t deserve this life. He doesn’t deserve the fancy cars and the mansion. He doesn’t deserve to be a face of the franchise. He doesn’t deserve to be called a “leader”. He doesn’t deserve to be the spotlight of the community where little 10 yr old boys are looking up to him. Cut him. Cut him now.

    *Sigh* *SMH*

  15. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    It’s funny because when I read about a NHL player accused of domestic abuse, it was. “Liberal witch hunt” but now that it’s a black player, it’s “he’s done, rapist”…if you people can’t see the double standard you’re setting, you’re as blind as the MORON you voted into the White House who cares nothing about putting children in internment camps and taking them away from their families but gosh darn it how important it is for football players to stand during an anthem.
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    What?

  16. nationalmediacansuckit says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    If it’s ok for Trump to do it, then it’s ok for Winston. Isnt’t that how you Trump supporters feel?
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    You spelled “bill Clinton” wrong…

  17. trubiscuitbears34 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Wow. This story just gets crazier. Banks – enjoy prison. Jameis – if guilty you need to pay the price & certainly shouldn’t be playing football.

    Why is it so hard for some people to keep their hands to themselves or get laid without having to rape?!

    Despicable.

    73 to 6 —-

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    Who would downvote this!!!!??!!! Oh yeah, people that rape

  18. If the criminal is innocent until proven guilty, the rules of logic dictate the victim is a liar until proven true. I’m not saying I have all (or any) of the answers… But in such cases of assault, our legal system by default favors the perpetrator.

  19. Losers hang with losers…they try to be something they aren’t and eventually they go right back to being with the scum like them…all in due time.

  20. “Banks blamed others for the 2013 rape and portrayed himself as the victim instead of taking responsibility, the victim wrote, noting that Banks even went to college campuses with rape charges pending against him, to give his perspective during sex-assault talks for male athletes.”

  21. Lame Johnson’s PED Dealer says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    If it’s ok for Trump to do it, then it’s ok for Winston. Isnt’t that how you Trump supporters feel?
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    You spelled “bill Clinton” wrong…

    10 2 Rate This

    ………..

    I HATE Trump! He is a disgusting mysogynist. But liberals (which I am) need to foam at the mouth about Bill Clinton for his transgressions. For that matter, how dare any liberal call Ivanka Trump “princess complicit” and then turn around and vote for Hillary? You shouldn’t be lenient simply because you voted for a certain political party.

  22. Edward Halverson says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Winston is done!

    Teams knew this about him early. But they still shrugged it off.

    Sad!
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    Knew what? False accusations?

    You people who had your minds made up about Winston — in the face of conflicting evidence — have only had your biases confirmed.

  23. jfmod says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    aj66shanghai says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    Being friends with a rapist, doesn’t make a person a rapist. C’mon man.

    I’m not saying that Winston is innocent, I have no idea about that until he is, you know, found guilty in a court of law. Presumption of something something, and all that.

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    Presumption of innocence? Seriously, in the age of #metoo?

    Sorry, no man enjoys the presumption of innocence anymore. Not AT ALL saying he is innocent, but that doesn’t matter anymore thanks to Hollywood and their sycophantic liberal allies.

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    I am a progressive libertarian? Or something. I side with liberals on most things, because we live in a ludicrously binary society and I’m doomed to reside on one side of someone else’s coin.

    I support the #metoo to the extent that women alert people about bad men. I don’t think they should lose their jobs over a simple allegation though. I also think it is ludicrous that Rosanne Barr lost her job the way she did. If she or anyone else is so toxic, the product suffers, and money is lost. Natural order. Stop manufacturing evolution, please. Not directed at “jfmod” but society in general. The outrage machine is killing us.

  24. Did Jameis grab this woman’s crotch literally moments after our commandurr in cheef said that’s how you do? Great role model there. Way to go cons! such #winning I can’t stand it.

  25. Just some more fine young men produced by the Florida State Daycare for Future Felons.

  26. Several points that I do not think have yet been made. Many believe that the woman who alleged the conduct by Winston has not sued or that the criminal and civil statute of limitations has expired. That may or may not be true. In the law there is a device called a fictitious defendant or “John Doe Lawsuit” that is used to toll the statute of limitation so a search of court records may not disclose a suit against Winston. The lawsuit may also be filed “under seal” so it does not become part of the public record. The alleged victim may have already filed a suit and is waiting for the NFL to conclude its investigation and levy punishment before her lawyers subpoena or file a discovery request for the NFL investigative files which will contain interviews, evaluation of witnesses (including Banks and Darby), detailed reports on Winston’s phone records (to determine if there were two separate rides) etc. Such litigation tactics could expose the NFL internal investigative process and embarrass the NFL. Depending on what the NFL letter says is the reason for imposing discipline, Goodell may become a material witness. Depending on the jurisdiction the alleged victim could also agree not to testify for monetary compensation as the criminal statute of limitations may have expired making criminal charges impossible while she owns the right to the civil claim. In short, this is FAR from over and the facts will continue to trickle out if Winston disputes the suspension or if the victim has initiated litigation under seal or against a John Doe defendant (remember Ron Mexico?). I believe the Bucs want to review the NFL investigative file before making a determination on Winston’s fate. Unfortunately I think Winston’s past, mediocre play and the specter of a public relations nightmare for the Bucs might force them to release Winston.

  27. Such a double standard…..
    Because he was THE quarterback at FSU they turned a blind eye to everything he did….should have been kicked out of school for what he did and if he wasn’t the #1 pick in the draft he would already be in jail but again he is THE quarterback so Tampa Bay will turn a blind eye to this also and the NFL will just say…..” we gave him a 3 game suspension “….

    An everyday person that would have done the same things that this jackwagon has done would be in prison right now….Don’t you just love the “Double Standard” NFL players get away with ?

  28. Jameis absolutely has to start making better decisions on who he surrounds himself with. ( granted this was two years ago ) still though, he has been given pssses before on other issues and gone through legal processes on others. However, you gotta wonder if he can and will figure it out. This is just crazy! Hall passes are completely out Jameis, wake up! Before you’re totally finished.

  29. The NFL standard has been set. If you are a great player you can be a rapist and get away with it. If you are a bench player you cannot. #sad

  30. Unless he lights it up when he comes back he is gone after this year. His dead money cap this year is 8 million. Next year he is due 20 million. With his antics, I guess he doesn’t care.

  31. Asking a convicted rapist for his account isn’t good for winston. He could flip for a pack of cigs.
    It really is unfortunate if this occurred. winston is known to get crazy for crab legs. Red lobster must’ve closed early on the crabfest that night.

  32. What I don’t get is how does Winston have take. He is starting qb for FSU and Bucs and can’t get his action. This guy couldn’t think his way into an orange.

  33. Why is axing Winston “unfortunate”. He’s a slug and Tampa would be far better off without him.

    Winston got away with rape at FSU. Hopefully Karma is about to pay him a long overdue visit.

  34. This story just keeps on getting worse and worse and worse. Tampa-Bay had to of known all of this, I’d bet my left arm they did their own internal investigation. With Tampa knowing all of this they should of tried trading Winston and drafting a QB in this last draft as their were atleast two QB’s who very likely will be better pro’s than Winston is, Winston has not shown any growth since his rookie year and on top of it dudes a sexual predator, they should of been looking to move on this off-season knowing all of this was coming out.

  35. Regardless of the outcome of this event (because all the facts are public yet), I think the NFL should require incoming rookies to watch a 15 minute video on the career and post-career of Darren Sharper. There’s a lot to learn from the behavior/stupidity and consequences of other NFL players.

  36. Not a Tampa fan, nor am I a Winston fan. But Banks is already in prison for rape and I wouldn’t consider any statement by him or his legal representatives to have any credibility.

    If Winston did what has been alleged, then he obviously deserves to have the book thrown at him. I just wouldn’t build a case around a statement made by a criminal who has nothing to lose but perhaps something to gain.

  37. “Winston is done!

    Teams knew this about him early. But they still shrugged it off.

    Sad!”

    Before we convict Winston of sexual assault in the court of public opinion wouldnt it be a good idea to wait until the court trial is over and all the evidence and testimony is seen and heard? being accused by a woman is one thing,being convicted is another as the Duke Lacross team luckily found out.

  38. “I hope the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut this guy…never liked this guy. Cut the GM and coach too…they endorced and supported this clown also.”

    So you already found him guilty before trial and evidence and testimony in court.do you always side with the accuser in every sex case or just Winston because you never liked him in the first place?

  39. Not looking good although the real piece of evidence that would blow the case open would be the video footage from the car itself. Still skeptical that not everything has been brought to light but the optics of this aren’t good.

  40. You guys are all funny. Winston is talented and for right now he’s cheap. I can’t think of a single instance where a talented player didn’t get a million chances. You know that morals have nothing to do with whether or not they cut him. It’s a disgusting thing, but that’s football.

  41. billh1947 says:
    June 23, 2018 at 8:34 am
    “I hope the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut this guy…never liked this guy. Cut the GM and coach too…they endorced and supported this clown also.”

    So you already found him guilty before trial and evidence and testimony in court.do you always side with the accuser in every sex case or just Winston because you never liked him in the first place?

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    The Pats cut Hernandez before he was found guilty of anything. NBC cut Matt Lauer. PBS cut Charlie Rose. Fox News cut Bill O’Reilley.

  42. stubborndata says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:15 pm
    he should run for president. voters dont care!
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    still whining?

  43. A college ONLY needs a preponderance of the evidence—more likely than not. A college can remove a student even if the police don’t have enough evidence to arrest or if a jury determined they were innocent of the charges. The fact that the university did not take action is on them too for any other crime he committed as far as I’m concerned. A sexual deviant is always going to be one. Even if they surpress their disgusting behavior for a few yrs. eventually they cave to the urge. Eventually it is always caught too.

  44. You don’t need a court trial to decide to fire someone. Courts do not determine what happened; they only determine whether prosecutors can prove beyond reasonable doubt that a crime was committed. Employers can find out what happened and make their decision whether there’s a guilty verdict, a not guilty verdict, or no trial at all. Trials don’t matter for employment purposes.

  45. Regardless of what the law, the league or the team does or does not do, it won’t alter the reality that Winston is a sex criminal — and will continue to be one.

  46. Does this story surprise anyone with the history of Jameis. He has continued to escape the arm of the law and the NFL is afraid to send him packing and be another Kaepernick story.

  47. There is a silver lining here for the Bucs. Winston has not come close to living up to his expectations. Now the Bucs can cut him loose and forego paying him due to his conduct

  48. So basically, there is still no proof.

    Not a Bucs fan and definitely not a Jameis fan. But it’s just another witch hunt. Whatever happened, the woman didnt even call the cops. It clearly wasn’t a big deal then.

    But Roger won’t pass on an opportunity yo show how much power he has.

  49. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    It’s funny because when I read about a NHL player accused of domestic abuse, it was. “Liberal witch hunt” but now that it’s a black player, it’s “he’s done, rapist”…if you people can’t see the double standard you’re setting, you’re as blind as the MORON you voted into the White House who cares nothing about putting children in internment camps and taking them away from their families but gosh darn it how important it is for football players to stand during an anthem.
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    Re NHL player: There was plenty of ‘he’s done’ from these posters with Josh Brown when that came out, parallel cases, DV, white guys, but your tiny mind likely doesn’t remember or want to remember that.
    There were twice as many kids in internment camps under Obama, where was your outrage then? Media reported it, where were you?
    The only people who see race as a factor in everything are the post modern intersectionalists. Dimwitted to a person, these people cannot even see that with so many variations that their group identity master plan, it all just boils down to individuality.
    Finally, you are brainwashed and it’s sad.

  50. Just taking a bit of the Hood with him to the NFL. I wonder if Chris Carter has asked him who his “Fall Guy” is? Remember that video where he tells the Audience (Teddy Bridgewater was standing next to him with his jaw open in shock).

  51. Winston called the Uber and his account was banned. Is it possible the guy later convicted of rape fondled her? I wouldn’t just assume Winston did it did it. A statement from the attorney of the guy in prison for 15 years isn’t a good barometer of the facts.

  52. Adam that’s not true. You can’t think bc of a handful the whole group…..

    Rape, assault, violence is real and many woman have to recover from vicious men…way too many. Just like no one should categorize a full population bc of a bad few, the movement is real for real reasons.

  53. Thank goodness the Eagles drafted Sidney Jones. According to Spotrac, Darby has a $1 million cap hit this year and NO DEAD CAP Money. Philly can release him or try and to trade him. Besides, he’s a UFA when this season ends. The fact he’s lied for Winston in college and now as a professional on very serious allegations is a sign that he’s never to far away from trouble and is a habitual liar. Good riddance!

  54. So how does Banks get 15 years and Stanford kid got weeks in jail and the Wisconsin student got 6 years? All 3 were accused and convicted of rape…what’s different?


  55. isithockeyseasonyet says:

    June 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    It’s funny because when I read about a NHL player accused of domestic abuse, it was. “Liberal witch hunt” but now that it’s a black player, it’s “he’s done, rapist”…if you people can’t see the double standard you’re setting, you’re as blind as the MORON you voted into the White House who cares nothing about putting children in internment camps and taking them away from their families but gosh darn it how important it is for football players to stand during an anthem”
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    Wow… presume much? I mean, it cant possibly be because its two separate incidents with two separate people with their own sets of evidence & back stories, right? You are saying these two incidents are identical except for the perp?

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