NFL to suspend Jameis Winston for allegedly grabbing female Uber driver's crotch, report says
The NFL plans to suspend Tampa Bay Buccanneers quarterback Jameis Winston for the very first 3 games of the 2018 typical season for violating the league’s individual conduct policy, ESPN reported Thursday.
The discipline stems from an incident in March 2016, in which a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., claimed that Winston had grabbed her crotch.
The report said that the league had not notified Winston of its official decision on a suspension and noted that the length of the punishment could improve or decrease. NFL Media reported Thursday that Winston was "expected" to be suspended for "several" games.
The NFL did not return Fox News’ requests for comment.
BUCCANEERS QB JAMEIS WINSTON ACCUSED OF GROPING UBER DRIVER
The driver, identified as "Kate," went public with her claims against Winston in an interview with BuzzFeed News this past November. She said that Winston groped her while they waited in a drive-thru line at a regional Mexican restaurant.
Kate mentioned she filed a complaint with Uber right after her ride with Winston, but declined to file charges because "I didn&rsquot want to be publicly recognized as the lady who Jameis Winston groped."
Winston denied the driver’s claims at the time, saying in a statement that she was "confused as to the number of passengers in the automobile and who was sitting subsequent to her."
"The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and elevated awareness and consideration of these sorts of matters, I am addressing this false report right away," Winston added. "At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, however they still decided to suspend my account."
The Buccaneers selected Winston with the 1st all round draft choose in 2015 out of Florida State. He began 13 games in 2017, of which Tampa Bay only won three. In these 13 games, Winston completed 63.eight % of his passes, throwing 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Winston was previously accused of rape by a fellow FSU student, Erica Kinsman, in 2012. The lawsuit was settled with undisclosed terms in 2016.
Published at Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:15:00 +0000