By now, the news of the reported inappropriate Uber ride involving Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has exploded into the public eye. Allegations of the star quarterback groping an Uber driver shocked many, but Winston has stood firm and denied the reports that have surfaced over the last seven days.
The situation has now escalated even further, with former FSU teammate Ronald Darby releasing a public statement via ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Eagles CB Ronald Darby was on the Uber ride with Bucs QB Jameis Winston on March 13, 2016, and is vowing his college teammate did nothing inappropriate, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 19, 2017
Darby was apparently sat in the Uber on the night of the incident in the backseat with Winston and has given his account of what happened back in March of last year.
“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” Darby said via Schefter. 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.”
Winston has been “permanently removed” from the Uber app as investigations go on, but the decision of Darby to step up and make a statement surrounding the events of that night will go a long way in painting an accurate picture as to what really happened.
Darby is set to return to action on Sunday night after suffering an ankle injury in week one of the regular season.
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