The NFL is investigating an allegation that Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver.
The league acknowledged the probe in a letter Thursday, November 16, to the alleged victim from the NFL’s special counsel for investigations, Lisa Friel, according to BuzzFeed.
“The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston. The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously & has opened an investigation into this matter,” the letter read.
A woman, identified as Kate, told BuzzFeed that she picked up Winston along with several other men from a party in downtown Scottsdale, AZ around 2 a.m. on Sunday March 13, 2016.
Kate claims Winston sat in the front seat & immediately began behaving unruly by shouting homophobic slurs at pedestrians.
The QB requested to stop for food. While at the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant Kate alleges Winston, “reached over and he just grabbed my crotch." After several seconds he removed his hand.
Kate says she wanted to bring Winston's actions to light & is not doing this for money. She claims she didn't go to police or want her last name revealed for fear of retaliation from football fans.
Winston denied the allegation via a statement on Twitter Friday, November 17. "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 & who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, & given the nature of the allegation & increased awareness & 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," he said. #jameiswinston #nfl #investigation #tampabaybuccaneers #sexualassault #football #jameiswinstonaccused #groping #uber #uberdriver #accusations #rogergoodell #assault #allegations #heismantrophywinner #floridastatefootball #floridastate