Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

National Football League investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver in 2016

National Football League investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver in 2016

The NFL is investigating after a report from BuzzFeed News detailed a 2016 incident in which the former Heisman Trophy victor is accused of shouting homophobic slurs at pedestrians and grabbing at the driver's crotch while they were waiting in a drive-thru.

According to a report by Buzzfeed News, the league's special counsel for investigations, Lisa Friel, sent a letter to the driver Thursday. "We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the National Football League", the team said in a statement.

"Kate" says she instantly filed a report with Uber after the alleged episode.

"I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the auto and who was sitting next to her". She told BuzzFeed she's not interested in money, but wants to prevent Winston from potentially harming more women.

A representative for Winston, Russ Spielman, issued a statement denying the allegations.

On Friday afternoon, Winston released a statement online vehemently denying Kate's allegations of inappropriate contact and dismissing them as 'false'. It is our understanding the uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver inappropriately.

It's unclear if the Uber representative who left the message used that particular choice of words because he knew there were multiple passengers, or if that's standard language used in all calls they make.

The woman, who identifies herself as "Kate", told BuzzFeed she picked up a group of men from a nightlife area in Scottsdale, Arizona around 2 a.m. - and Jameis got in the front passenger seat.

"Kate" didn't report the situation to the police, but reported it to Uber the next day.

- Update 2:27 p.m. EDT Nov. 17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on Friday denied that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016, saying in a statement that he believes "the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the auto and who was sitting next to her". She says he only removed his hand when she objected. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the vehicle and who was sitting next to her. "I did not create a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment in the short period of time that we were together", Winston during Florida State's code of conduct hearing in a statement obtained by USA Today. Erica Kinsman sued FSU and reached a settlement of $950,000.

He was never charged for the crime, but settled a civil lawsuit with Kinsman previous year.

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