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One week before Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is allowed back into One Buc following a three-game suspension, news broke he was being sued by the Uber driver who accused Winston of groping her as she drove Winston to his hotel in 2016.

This incident was the cause of the suspension by the league who found Winston in violation of their personal conduct policy following an eight-month investigation that began in late 2017. The story was first reported by Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times.

Winston’s accuser, who has not been identified, hired attorney John Clune who represented Erica Kinsman following a rape allegation while Winston was in college at Florida State. Winston was never charged with anything in the Kinsman case and a civil suit was settled out of court in 2017.

Clune spoke about the lawsuit.

“She is unimpressed by his continued lack of honesty or awareness into his behavior,” Clune said on Tuesday. “Maybe a more direct financial penalty will get his attention.  He needs to learn from this and have some genuine insight or pay the penalty.

“She knows that she might be just a speed bump for him in his football career, but she is not going to be a small one.”

It is reported she is seeking more $75,000 in damages. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Winston, nor anyone in his camp has commented on the latest news.

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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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TBAtlas
3 years ago

… did her statements just imply that she is purposely trying to cause problems?

Garrett Ballard
Reply to  JustaBuc
3 years ago

Honestly, How is it that all this time went by and suddenly, the week before he is set to come back from suspension she files a law-suit. I hope we start Fitz week 4, we don’t need Jameis playing with this lawsuit on his hands.

cgmaster27
Reply to  JustaBuc
3 years ago

In essence. How is he unaware or unapologetic? He cant say anything for fear if this inevitable money grab. Strange how at first, it wasnt about the money. Now a week before he comes back it’s a out the money.

Naplesfan
Reply to  JustaBuc
3 years ago

Yes.

If you were sexually assaulted by an arrogant, rich celebrity … or your wife or significant other, you would want to do more than just “cause problems … you’d probably want to knock his fucking block off.

seabeejudkins
3 years ago

Money hungry hoe. I have not heard anything outside of football about jameis since I heard about the suspension. Now this chick wants to file a lawsuit one week away from him returning from the suspension. Seems fishy.

sunshineben
Reply to  seabeejudkins
3 years ago

Winston is the hoe …not her!

Naplesfan
Reply to  seabeejudkins
3 years ago

You are a disgusting asshole.

skipper
skipper
3 years ago

I think we all knew the money grab was coming. I spoke of this as soon as I heard she acquired the same attorney of the first round payoff.

Naplesfan
Reply to  skipper
3 years ago

Yeah, beause it is just so wrong for serial sex assailants to have to pay for their disgusting abusive behavior.

Buc-Up
3 years ago

This is one of the reasons why he couldn’t apologize like many people wanted. Anything he said or says will be used against him by his accuser and the NFL. A crotch grab is not worth $75k in damages. If she was really bothered by it, then she should’ve reported it to the police. A victim of a crotch grab isn’t the same as a rape victim. It can be demeaning, but rape is so far down the spectrum. On college Spring Break in the Keys back in ’92 this gay dude tried to pull an alleged Jameis on me… Read more »

Jlog
Jlog
3 years ago

When did Clune get the rights to practice law in Arizona? Everyone on here knows I’m not a Winston fan, he should aggressively fight this. This baseless metoo nonsense has already begun to unravel. If copping a feel is sexual assault then 10,s of 1000 of people are sexually assaulted at the airport everyday. The fact that we now we learn she Googled him before it happened doesn’t help her case either. I firmly believe on coming down hard on actual sexual assault, but this type of stuff will never be sexual assault to me. I’ve held that opinion since… Read more »

buddah
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

What world do you live in. Me too is not “baseless nonsense.” Discrimination against women and sexual harassment is real. So is rape, sexual assault, and child abuse. It is fair to say these things need to be investigated and that every accuser is to be completely believed. It is one thing to say an accuser deserves to tell her story. It is another thing to say each one should necessarily be believed. There is a difference between belief and truth. Some people actually believe the lies they tell. But truth matters. I do think she will lose this case,… Read more »

scubog
3 years ago

This girl is likely being used by those who profess to be supporting her. Imagine that; same attorney as the last one. Hmmmmmm. She did nothing when it occurred; yet now is being convinced to seek a few dollars 2-1/2 years later. I’ll bet a lot of folks would give up a 3-5 second crotch grab for $75,000. Me too!. Sign me up. I sure hope some girl I’ve long forgotten doesn’t come after me for something I might have touched in the backseat of the 67 Camaro 50 plus years ago. I don’t recall ever giving one of those… Read more »

deeznuts
3 years ago

Uber drivers are human biohazards.

Winston was just giving her the ‘GET A W’ pregame speech in the car.

Not sure how she expects to get monetary damages out of Winston for something that he wasn’t cited for??

This is what Kanye n Jamie Foxx call a gold digga

gcolerick
3 years ago

For all of you out there that said Kate P. had no money grab motivations, What say you now?

Naplesfan
Reply to  gcolerick
3 years ago

I don’t know who said that, but when someone assaults you, they must pay.

It is only fair.

fredster
3 years ago

This stinks. He absolutely can’t comment much in this society of lawsuits. The timing of this tells me all I need to know. This wasn’t about money? 👌

He said he wasn’t ever going to have a drink again which from all accounts was the biggest cause of this. I don’t think that means he was an alcoholic it just means some people act very stupid when they drink and that he acknowledged that and made a life change.

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
3 years ago

Yeah, it really stinks that drunken, abusive serial sex abusers and rapists should be held accountable for their disgusting behavior, especially when it is so inconvenient to warped fans of the guilty player.

surferdudes
3 years ago

We all knew this was coming, why didn’t Winston’s rep’s? Seventy five large is chump change to Jameis who is slated to make 20 million next year. This should’ve been handled quietly out of the public eye with an NDA, and pay off long before the lawsuit was filed saving Winston further embarrassment.

EricNV
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

How do you know this strategy wasn’t pursued by the NFL and Jameis’s rep / legal team?

Ja'crispy
3 years ago

This is not good…

MP813
3 years ago

This makes no sense. In her initial statement did she not say it is not about the money and Winston needed to be held accountable? Now shes suing him? The same lawyer that represented the woman who lied and accused Winston at FSU is representing Kate which should have been a red flag from the get go. I was all for punishing Winston accordingly but something is not adding up. Also, she googled him before the Uber ride so she knew who he was. The more digging we do the more this sounds like a money grab.

Horse
Reply to  Michael Prayon
3 years ago

This is how the attorney gets paid. Same way Ford attorney is going to get paid from Kavanaugh.

EricNV
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

He said / she said from over 35 years ago? Doubtful.

ABurruezo90
3 years ago

Just pay the chick so this goes the fuck away. This whole situation is fucked up, his best bet is just pay the shit and MOVE ON.

24/7BucFan
3 years ago

I knew soon as she had the same lawyer it was ALL about money. NFL felt they had to punish Winston because it was a “She Said – He Said” and they were not gonna let the NFL shield take a hit in the Me Too movement world so they punished Winston on her words. Were supposed to believe every women automatically in this Me Too environment but as most know there will always be people to take advantage of others for money. I don’t believe her at all now. I believe he was drunk in a car alone with… Read more »

EricNV
Reply to  WinstonMVP
3 years ago

It’s going to get to the point where where NDAs and liability waivers are required to be signed and notarized before a man and a woman can have sex or even just make out.

Buc-in-Philly Fan
3 years ago

The Lawyer’s comment of how she is going to be a “big” speedbump sounds pretty trashy to me. And maybe I sound like a dick but $75k is a pretty small speedbump. I was expecting to read at the end that they were seeking millions! This is a joke and all you Winston haters get another opportunity to pile on but guess what clowns??? He is still our future for QB. Get over your self-righteous selves.

24/7BucFan
3 years ago

If she wanted everybody to believe her she should have at least got a different lawyer. But she didn’t. And i believe that’s because she saw $$$$$$.

spartan
3 years ago

She will get her money because it will be cheaper to pay her off.

IMO the NFL have actually fostered this because I suspect as part of the deal for the 4 game suspension Jameis has to be contrite and keep his mouth shut; This has resulted in the driver and her “legal team” to become a lot more confident and aggressive because as we have all seen it has at the very least given the impression of guilt. If Jameis goes to court now he will get financially hammered.

drdneast
3 years ago

Yes, I remover her holier than thou statements about not wanting any money either. And she still is anonymous. And yes the fact she Googled him does add to the suspicion of this
I thought she had never heard of him.
Now the Winston haters understand why he never said he was sorry. That adds to the culpabity of the event and could have meant even more money.
She may not have been a ‘ho before the event but she is now.
It’s not about the money. LOL. WHOSE THE LIAR now.

makski
Reply to  drdneast
3 years ago

Didn’t she also state that when it happened, she told him to stop, and I believe she said that he stopped immediately? C’mon now, This is no different than getting a little too frisky on a date or going too far with a first kiss. I’m pretty sure A LOT of guys have not listened to the stop requests and continued only to get slapped or something. But none of them get sued! I think she is just going for the easy money because of what he is worth. Only problem is, he should know better by now and not… Read more »

BDOG
3 years ago

When does this woman accept her responsibility for masquerading as taxi driver? Guilty or not?! I have 4 daughters and am extremely empathetic to woman’s rights, but….a young female, non-trained as taxi driver, in inappropriate work attire: really-yoga pants!, picking up intoxicated males at 230 am, allowing intoxicated individual in front seat of vehicle, without appropriate safety measures in vehicle, (see NY taxi cab vehicles) Glad you are alive to cry foul, Thank GOD, didn’t pick up a serial killer or Rapist?! COME ON? Jameis needs to FIGHT for his rights after he already was inappropriately punished by the NFL… Read more »

BDOG
Reply to  Borkdog
3 years ago

Ps. Jameis hire Jose Angel Baez!

plopes808
3 years ago

I’ll just respond with a quote:
“I’m not surprised mother*ckers!” – Nate Diaz

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