Uber driver sues Jameis Winston

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The Uber driver who accused Jameis Winston of groping her has filed a lawsuit against the Buccaneers quarterback, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The driver, identified as Kate P. in federal court papers filed Tuesday, alleges that Winston grabbed her crotch as she drove him through a restaurant drive-through in March 2016 in Arizona. In the lawsuit, she said she “suffered damages in the nature of emotional distress and future therapy expenses.”

Winston can return to the Bucs on Sept. 25 after the team’s game against the Steelers on Monday night. The league suspended him three games after its eight-month investigation determined Winston touched the women “in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.”

Prosecutors have not charged Winston with a crime.

After his suspension in June, Winston released a statement saying “I genuinely apologize” to the woman.

“She is unimpressed by his continued lack of honesty or awareness into his behavior,” John Clune, the attorney for the Uber driver, told Baker. “Maybe a more direct financial penalty will get his attention. He needs to learn from this and have some genuine insight or pay the penalty.

“She knows that she might be just a speed bump for him in his football career, but she is not going to be a small one.”

104 responses to “Uber driver sues Jameis Winston

  1. This dudes a class act. If this were a normal person they’d of been fired and in jail already. But since he’s an NFL QB he will be given another 7 or 8 chances.

  2. Of course. A “financial penalty” to teach him his lesson is where this was always going. That it also happens during the football season when his suspension is nearing its end is a coincidence. I’m sure.

    I’m not saying he didn’t do it but a money grab is where this was always headed.

  3. The Bucs should cut him at the end of his suspension. I hope she takes him for every penny he has.

  4. Big Bathroom Brothel Ben raped multiple women and paid cops to watch the door for him and he’s still playing. Winston will sadly be around for a while longer. Likely get traded to the Steelers because Colbert loves average talents with criminal tendencies and a diva complex.

  5. With the AB amd bell situation and now Winston getting sued, they mays well call this upcoming game the Distraction Bowl

  6. Why now? I don’t understand why she’d wait so long to sue. It’s like she just figured out she could sue him.

  7. thefiesty1 says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    The Bucs should cut him at the end of his suspension. I hope she takes him for every penny he has.
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    I bet you do. And your reason has nothing to do with justice.

  8. Winston’s agent is an idiot (like his client). He should have already made a settlement with the woman. Winston did what he has been accused of–there is no doubt about that. A generous monetary offer as an apology would easily have ended this circus before the suspension ended.

    The last thing Winston, or the Bucs for that matter, needed is to see this mess now dragged out in court for the public to see.

    The woman’s lawyer is smart. He new this was the ideal time to file the suit for the above reason. Good for him. Good for her too. Winston deserved more than a 3 game suspension, so having this in the public for a while is added punishment.

  9. theright0pinion says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    wiltmellow says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Is he going to run for president?

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    Oh, you must mean like Bill Clinton?

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    Don’t be silly. Clinton is an “I’ve shown you mine, now you…” kind of perv.

    Mr. T is the crotch grab afficionado. Where have you been if you don’t know that?

  10. Oh, you must mean like Bill Clinton?
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    Really? Clinton is the president you make a crotch-grabbing reference to? You type with a Russian accent.

  11. Unless of course you talk to the woman Clinton raped!Juanita Broderick, when hebwas Arkansas AG… but lets all forget about it since he played saxophone on TV and hes DREAMY….

    Hypocritical liberals…always. #MeTooJustNotForYou

  12. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    Should’ve been 6 games!!!
    ==================================
    The way The Beard is playing, they’ll never miss Winston.

  13. “She is unimpressed by his continued lack of honesty or awareness into his behavior,” John Clune, the attorney for the Uber driver, told Baker

    Translation, John Clune got a hold of her and convinced her she should not be passing on this chance to get at sone deep pockets.

    That said, he did do it so Mr. Clune will win this handily. Winston should just settle and pay up, and dare we hope learn something?

    My take, I think its good if the poor girl gets something but I wish the lawyer did not. I think she is a victim while he is an opportunist.

  14. I’d have more sympathy for the supposed victim if she was filing a criminal complaint, pressing charges.

    This just looks like a cynical money grab with a much lower burden of “proof”.

    Why take sides? Everyone involved seems awful.

  15. Initially the woman said she was not reporting the incident as a money “grab”? She is now trying to grope Winston’s pocketbook. #moneymoneymoney.

    Love Jimi.

  16. She is pretty clear. His lack of acknowledgement of wrongdoing is why she is suing. And rightly so…wtf gives him the right to do that to a woman and then be like oh ok I’m sorry bc I got caught. He could have taken responsibility, offered damages even. But he did neither. In fact, that type of behavior tends to escalate.

    I don’t know if some of you are aware but lawsuits take years. His suspension being lifted is irrelevant. And unless he’s broke, it never would have been relevant even if courts were quick.

    If he has no morals and ethics to realize what a horrible thing he’s done then her lawyer is saying maybe this will teach him to not do something so awful again. Sadly that’s probably reality.

    As far as why didn’t she press charges- people don’t press charges. The State does on behalf of THE people. The state, not a person. They would have done so at the time if there was evidence strong enough for a conviction. It’s why he never truly admitted to what he did. The burden is not the same for the NFL or civil case.

  17. If Fitz has another good game I doubt Winston will see the field again in a Bucs uni.
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    Does nobody realize Fitz is 35 years old and almost retired a couple times previously? Play the hot hand, but Jeez!

  18. idiedpretty says:
    September 18, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    Get your facts straight. Clinton and Trump were never accused of sexual assault.

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    Did you ever hear of Paula Jones, Kathleen Willy or Juanita Broderick?

    They all accused Clinton of sexual assault.

  19. “Maybe a more direct financial penalty will get his attention.”

    I’m an attorney and that statement made me cringe. This is also exactly why JW didn’t fully apologize – I’m sure his attorneys told him this was on its way.

    He is trash and this is now about cash. Pay up – move on. Case closed.

  20. First of all, Winston is stupid for putting himself into this position so it’s hard to feel sorry for him.

    Secondly, “suffered damages in the nature of emotional distress and future therapy expenses.”…..future therapy expenses? Are you serious? I understand the lawsuit but that sounds moronic. Has she had any therapy expenses so far? Probably not.

    Surely they’ll settle out of court. If Winston isn’t careful the only people who will be rich after he’s done playing (which could be sooner rather than later) will be all his victims.

  21. the Winston fans are going to have an even harder time getting the BUCS fans to listen to their chatter with this continuing to be churned up to the surface…

  22. Give her $20k for her troubles and move on. It’ll be her best Uber fare by far. If she refuses tell her you’ll lawyer up and drag this thing out so she’ll eventually win but her attorney fees will eat up anything she would be awarded…..just like the boys with deep pockets do out of spite.

  23. Good, I hope she gets as much as she can from him…that being said, why not push to have him prosecuted for a crime as well or am I missing something here?

  24. Clinton paid Paula $850,000 in a settlement. Trump admitted what he does himself on the tape. No political figure has the right to do what they’ve done. Sadly though who is in charge of taking action? …politicians. End of that story.

    Once you cross some lines in life, consequences follow. No sympathy when you act like a pig.

  25. campcouch says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    Of course. We knew this was going to happen when she didn’t file a criminal complaint. Odd how it coincides with the end of his suspension.

    ________

    Okay, let’s pose the question to you then. If someone assaulted you, which of the following would make you feel best?

    A) that person perhaps goes to jail for a few days and has to pay a fine

    B) you sue them and easily settle for millions

    If you picked A, you’re a liar.

  26. idiedpretty says:
    September 18, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Money grab? So if this happened to your sister you would be cool with it and let it go??? SMH.
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    Can people please stop using this silly, lame, tired, and lazy argument?

  27. If Fitzpatrick keeps playing “lights out” & even then IF he wins
    all 3 during Gropers suspension –
    I believe Winston will become just another Buccaneer bad memory.
    Fitzpatrick is not a stud QB by no means but he’ll play his guts out every game
    & you don’t have to worry about him AWAY from football and is not a divisive locker room presence.

  28. idiedpretty says:
    September 18, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    Money grab? So if this happened to your sister you would be cool with it and let it go??? SMH
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    if it was my sister I’d tell her to go the police first and file a report. Who knows what the cops do with that report, but to me that is the appropriate response. I wouldn’t want him to get away with it and I think jail is the best punishment for something like this. He’s a millionaire and while he won’t be happy paying her a big chunk of money he would be much unhappier in jail (and maybe even still paying her money).

    But If you never go to the police and then later sue the person, you open yourself up to the claim that it’s just about the money like Kate P. has here

  29. Hardball99 police were involved. And even the article states Prosecutors have not charged Winston with a crime. And he would not have gone to jail. He would have been slapped on the hand with a first offense and it would have been reduced and paid a fine to the state.

  30. Winston is a piece of trash for what he did, but does anybody really buy that a sincere apology is all she was really after ?????

  31. Just use Lyft. I’ve used both. Lyft drivers are more courteous and responsive. Plus, their cars aren’t over powered by air fresheners and music that I don’t like. I never needed a service like these but do to a recent injury I have used both twice. I stand by my observations.

  32. There is now a 99.99999999999999999999% chance he is eating Ws on the sideline with a clipboard in the other hand Week 4.
    Tampa doesnt want this to be part of the story of him coming back to the starter gig

  33. She already took a settlement through the NFL in order to end this. Now she suddenly wants to go back on the agreement?

    The attorney, who represented the alleged rape victim from college (never proven) obviously knew the extension was about to expire and saw a chance to force another payoff.

    She agreed to end things, now she goes back on her word? Come on, people.

    Consider this: in the statement issued, the attorney claims Winston has not shown remorse.

    He’s been completely silent outside of his apology (which she approved of) and a text saying “good game” to his WRs this week.

    It’s a money grab.

  34. Good. Someone needs to hold him accountable for his twisted behavior. I hope she puts a nice big dent in his wallet. The problem is that lawsuits, fines and suspensions won’t change him. Winston seriously needs a psychiatrist.

  35. Not defending Jameis’ actions in the least, but people act like this incident JUST happened. This was nearly 3 YEARS ago, and they’re JUST announcing a suit, coincidentally a week before his suspension ends. Not to mention the lawyer is a notorious Title IX/gender issues cash grab publicity seeker attorney in the same vein as Gloria Allred. She also previously stated she didn’t want money, but now does because he’s not ‘sufficiently sorry’.. He’s issued a public apology, lost 3 game checks, endorsements, and likely future endorsements. Again, not absolving him of any kind of guilt, but if you didn’t file a police report and only wanted to bring light on the subject of sexual assault, why change your mind after this long and publicly announce the suit at a time the Bucs are garnering national attention for their on field play? Seems a bit dubious to me.

  36. buccaneerbonzai says:
    September 19, 2018 at 7:40 am
    She already took a settlement through the NFL in order to end this. Now she suddenly wants to go back on the agreement?

    The attorney, who represented the alleged rape victim from college (never proven) obviously knew the extension was about to expire and saw a chance to force another payoff.

    She agreed to end things, now she goes back on her word? Come on, people.

    Consider this: in the statement issued, the attorney claims Winston has not shown remorse.

    He’s been completely silent outside of his apology (which she approved of) and a text saying “good game” to his WRs this week.

    It’s a money grab.

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    Oh I agree its a money grab. And your point is well taken that Winstons silence means he has shown niether remores nir lack of remores, nor has he continued to lie about it as I read in their statement. He has said zero.

    But still the elephant in the room is that he did do it so if they are going to money grab his smartest move is just to come to an agreement and pay up. Before condemning the money grab too much lets remember that he opened himself up for one of his own accord and thats how this started.

  37. tampamac says:
    September 19, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Not defending Jameis’ actions in the least, but people act like this incident JUST happened. This was nearly 3 YEARS ago, and they’re JUST announcing a suit, coincidentally a week before his suspension ends. Not to mention the lawyer is a notorious Title IX/gender issues cash grab publicity seeker attorney in the same vein as Gloria Allred. She also previously stated she didn’t want money, but now does because he’s not ‘sufficiently sorry’.. He’s issued a public apology, lost 3 game checks, endorsements, and likely future endorsements. Again, not absolving him of any kind of guilt, but if you didn’t file a police report and only wanted to bring light on the subject of sexual assault, why change your mind after this long and publicly announce the suit at a time the Bucs are garnering national attention for their on field play? Seems a bit dubious to me.

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    The lawyer talked her into changing her tune and irchestrated things fir this timing. Everything you say us true. But still Winston did render himself open fir somone to do this to him. Its crappy behavior on the other side (to me ‘the other side’ at this point is the lawyer not the victim, I even think she is the lawyers victim to a degree because he is just using her) but Winston is still the guy that created the situation in the first place.

  38. All of a sudden everyone seems to be taking up for this immature’s shenanigans. He made his bed his entire football career and now he has to pay the price. He should’ve never been drafted, especially not in the first round, with all the red flags he’s put up over the years.

  39. Never really understood how the legal system can decide not to prosecute someone but then they can be sued for the same crime. Isn’t this double jeopardy?

  40. While groping is inappropriate, not many gropes cause emotional trauma… (Future therapy???) LOL So instead of him going to court, found guilty and sentenced to community service and sensitivity classes. the victim gets a monetary gain. Yep, that’s makes it right. What a joke this country has become.

  41. In this country, there is a presumption of innocence. The standard for a suspension from the NFL is not the same for the legal system. Jameis Winston should be accorded all due process, as we hope it would be for us, if we were accused. However, Jameis needs to learn self-awareness. It may not be fair, but there is a bright light on you Jameis. Please grow up.

  42. BuffaloBragging says:
    September 18, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Hardball99 police were involved. And even the article states Prosecutors have not charged Winston with a crime. And he would not have gone to jail. He would have been slapped on the hand with a first offense and it would have been reduced and paid a fine to the state.
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    The article does say that, but she never went to the police. Here is a quote from the ESPN article:

    “The woman did not file a report with police but had discussed it with her boyfriend. She did report the incident to Uber the next day. Uber contacted Winston, who told the ride-share service that there were other passengers in the vehicle that night.”

    So it appears she never went to police and prosecutors made the decision not to pursue it after she accused him about 18 months after the incident in an interview for a BuzzFeed article.

  43. Ok. Now the question is, since it happened at work she told her boss. Did they have an obligation to report it too? Someone should have. However, we all know many women don’t report any form of sexual assault, including rape

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