Jameis Winston has yet again been accused of sexual assault.
This time, the accuser was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback’s Uber driver for a ride in the Scottsdale, Arizona, area in March 2016; Winston was there for a Kurt Warner charity event.
“The matter is under review,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told BuzzFeed News.
After picking Winston up at 2 a.m. from a part of town known for its nightlife, the driver, Kate, alleges he began shouting homophobic slurs out the window at pedestrians. Then he requested they pick up food.
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.”
“I mean he’s an NFL quarterback and I’m 5 ft 6. I’m not prepared for that. So I completely froze,” she said, worried that she might provoke an unwanted reaction.
One of Winston’s agents denied the account.
Winston reps: “We categorically deny this allegation. It is our understanding the uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver…The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his uber account was used to call the ride” https://t.co/r6vluOs40i
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) November 17, 2017
Kate, who wishes not to reveal her last name, claims Winston was the only passenger. She reported the incident to the company, and he’s been banned from Uber.
Regardless of what the investigation finds, it’s the latest piece of evidence that Winston doesn’t respect women.
While playing at Florida State in 2012, he was accused of rape. He wasn’t prosecuted or even questioned by police. With two lawsuits on the table, Winston and that accuser settled the dispute in late 2016.
Months later, in February 2017, he told a room full of elementary school students “men supposed to be strong” while “ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle.”
If Winston’s not a sexual assaulter, he’s at best a sexist jackass.