Winston: No NFL interview over Uber incident

From ESPN - April 16, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says the NFL has not interviewed him after he was accused in November of groping an Uber driver.

"I know the NFL has a process that they have to go through and I respect that process. It's not my job to speculate on that process," Winston said Monday, the Bucs' first day of their offseason program. "My focus has been with this organization, getting the guys back in here and focusing what we can do to become a better team this offseason."

Co-chairman Joel Glazer, general manager Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter all said at NFL owners meetings last month that it was "frustrating" how slowly the league was moving. When asked if he was frustrated by how long this has dragged on, Winston again said his focus was on the offseason program.

"It is not my job to speculate on that process," Winston said. "And I do respect it, but again, I have been focused on getting better this offseason and being the best teammate that I can possibly be."

In November 2017, a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona, alleged that Winston reached over and grabbed her crotch while he was a passenger in her vehicle in March 2016. She said it happened while they were stopped at a drive-thru for the Los Betos Mexican Restaurant. The woman did not press charges but came forward in an article on BuzzFeed. When contacted by ESPN, the restaurant said it did not have surveillance of its drive-thru.

Winston said he was not the only passenger in the car and he believes the driver was mistaken about his position in the vehicle. Winston was, however, the person who ordered the Uber ride and the company confirmed to ESPN that he did have his riding privileges revoked. Former Florida State teammate and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby said he was also a passenger in the vehicle and corroborated Winston's account.


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