According to a report by Buzzfeed News, Jameis Winston is under an NFL investigation for an allegation that he grabbed the crotch of a female Uber driver on March 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The former Florida State star was with a group of men and entered the front seat of the car with the others in the back. The female driver, only identified as “Kate,” stated that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback grabbed her in the crotch, amongst other inappropriate behaviors.
Waiting in line at the drive-thru of Los Betos Mexican Food, “he reached over and he just grabbed my crotch,” Kate said, alleging that Winston held his hand there for three to five seconds and removed it only after she looked up in shock and said, “What’s up with that?”
“I wasn’t just creeped out,” said Kate, who had been driving with Uber for more than two years at that point. (She no longer drives for the service.) “I was frozen.” She described Winston as “very physically imposing.”
Buzzfeed received the letter sent by the NFL’s special counsel for investigations, Lisa Friel, to the alleged victim.
It reads:“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 and has opened an investigation into this matter.”
Winston’s representative is denying the allegations.
“Kate” didn’t report the situation to the police, but reported it to Uber the next day. The passenger, now identified as Winston, is banned from Uber for his behavior.
While at Florida State, Winston drew criticism for shouting a phrase on campus that aligns with the allegations of the Uber driver.
Winston additionally was investigated for sexual assault while at Florida State. However, the delay in local authorities investigating the incident resulted in no charges being issued.