A fellow National Football League (NFL) star says that Jameis Winston did nothing inappropriate with a woman who has accused the quarterback of grabbing her crotch.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby adds that he was with Winston during the alleged incident last year.
“I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2017 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona,” he said in a statement to ESPN Sunday.
“There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported,” added Darby, who played with Winston at Florida State University.
“I am confident that nothing inappropriate In nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true.”
Darby’s statement came two days after the NFL confirmed it is probing the former Uber driver’s allegation against Winston.
Winston, who is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback, said in a statement Friday that the “accusation is false.”
“The driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her,” he added.
BuzzFeed last Friday reported that it had viewed a letter from the NFL’s special counsel for investigations about the matter that was sent to the woman 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 former driver.
“The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and opened an investigation into this matter,” she added.
The former driver last Friday told BuzzFeed that her name was Kate, adding that she was hailed to a lively party 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 said that Winston was the only passenger after the other men placed him inside her vehicle.
Kate added that Winston ultimately grabbed her crotch for three to five seconds while they went threw a drive-thru restaurant in Scottsdale.
“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.