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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org