The National Football League (NFL) is investigating an allegation that quarterback Jameis Winston grabbed a woman’s crotch, according to BuzzFeed.
BuzzFeed on Friday reported that it had viewed a letter from the NFL’s special counsel for investigations about the matter that was sent to the former Uber driver the day before.
“The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston,” Lisa Friel wrote to the driver.
“The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter,” she added.
The former driver on Friday told BuzzFeed that she was named Kate, adding that she was hailed to a lively party scene in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona last year.
Kate said she picked up a passenger around 2 a.m. local time on March 13, 2016, noting that the small group of men present told her she would be ferrying Winston.
The former driver added that Winston was the only passenger after the other men with him placed him inside the vehicle.
“I started driving, and right away, Jameis behaved poorly,” she said, noting he began shouting at pedestrians, even using homophobic slurs.
“[Then] he reached over and he just grabbed my crotch,” Kate continued, describing their time at the drive-thru of Los Betos Mexican Food in Scottsdale.
“I wasn’t just creeped out. I mean he’s an NFL quarterback and I’m 5 ft. 6. I’m not prepared for that. So I completely froze.”
Kate alleged that Winston held his hand on her for three to five seconds, only removing it after she asked him, “What’s up with that?”
The woman added she filed a complaint with Uber, warning the ridesharing company that Winston “is NOT safe for other drivers.”
“The behavior the driver reported is disturbing and wrong,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement Friday.
“The rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident,” they added.
Russ Spielman, who is Winston’s representative, on Friday issued a statement denying the accusations.
“We categorically deny this allegation,” he said of himself and Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
“It is our understanding that the uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver inappropriately,” Spielman added.
“The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his uber account was used to call the ride.”