Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, former FSU teammate of Jameis Winston, had disputed the Uber driver’s account of an alleged groping that took place in Arizona in 2016.

On Sunday morning Darby issued a statement.

“I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona. There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported. Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. 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.”

The NFL is investigating the incident that has created a stir nationally. Winston quickly disputed the allegation on Friday via Twitter.

“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account. 

“I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Horse
3 years ago

I hope this shuts up some of the wild stuff out there when they dont’ have all the information yet.

Brooks Dunn-Winston
3 years ago

she wants $$

Garv
3 years ago

Look, until Jameis and now Darby come clean regarding who sat in the front seat next to the driver this is all BULLSHEET! Enough. It’s not about covering up for a “friend.” What kind of “friend” would let Jameis take this kind of heat, risking millions of dollars and hurting his employer, our Buccaneers? Enough. Tell the freaking truth and stop this sick story from lingering for months. NOBODY needs this crap and it’s preventable. I don’t believe Jameis did what has been alleged but SOMETHING sure as hell happened and the sooner it’s behind Jameis and the Buccaneers the… Read more »

Michael Sylakowski
Reply to  Garv
3 years ago

How do you prevent someone from accusing you of doing something you did not do? When you figure it out, bottle it and you’ll be a billionaire.

macabee
3 years ago

The Uber driver has lawyered up. She has retained the services of John Clune, the same legal counsel for Erica Kinsman. The Kinsman case was settled. Coincidence? You decide!

cgmaster27
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Yeah reading this Mac made this seem really coincidental to me.

Naplesfan
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Pretty obvious the lawyer contacted her, not the other way around. She never filed a criminal or civil complaint against Jameis Winston, she said specifically to Buzzfeed that she did not want to get into a legal fight with him (after Erica Kinsman got absolutely savaged by rabid Noles fans, what person would ever want to go through THAT?). She simply reported the assault to Uber immediately after it occurred, a bit later Uber banned Winston from their service, and at some time in the last year and a half, the NFL was notified and then in turn notified the… Read more »

scubog
3 years ago

I’ll bet the attorney contacted her.

surferdudes
3 years ago

I’m sure the league office is aware who was in the front seat. No need for Jameis, or Darby to make that public. Just a thought, Bernard Reedy was abruptly let go a day before the news came out.

Naplesfan
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Firstly, we don’t actually know that there was anybody else in the vehicle besides Jameis Winston and the driver – that is what is claimed by Winston and his good friend Darby.. The driver says emphatically that it was just one passenger with her. Darby is not a reliable witness, given his relationship with Jameis Winston. The new attorney has demanded that Darby produce his cell phone and its GPS record to prove that he was in the vehicle with Jameis. Given that the last time Winston’s teammates/friends claimed to have video proof that Erica Kinsman was a consenting sexual… Read more »