National Football League investigating allegation that Jameis Winston groped Uber driver

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Report: NFL Investigating Jameis Winston For Groping Uber Driver

The NFL is investigating Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for allegedly groping a female Uber driver during a trip previous year, BuzzFeed news reports.

The incident is reported to have occurred in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 13, 2016.

"That's when "[Winston] reached over and he just grabbed my crotch", Kate told BuzzFeed, claiming that the quarterback kept his hand there for three to five seconds and only removed it when she looked up in shock and said: "What's up with that?" She said that Winston sat in the front seat of her auto and was the only passenger for the ride, and that he held his hand over her crotch for several seconds.

"We categorically deny this allegation", the statement reads.

Winston received a call from someone identifying himself as "Chris from the Uber office" informing him that his account had been placed on temporary hold pending an investigation.

The Buccaneers said they are in the process of "obtaining further information" on the incident.

But now she's speaking out against "a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job", she told BuzzFeed News.

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The driver, who Buzzfeed identified as "Kate", informed the news outlet that Winston "reached over and he just grabbed my crotch" while the two were in line at a drive thru.

"The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter", a letter from the National Football League said.

The NFL is investigating after a report from BuzzFeed News detailed a 2016 incident in which the former Heisman Trophy victor is accused of shouting homophobic slurs at pedestrians and grabbing at the driver's crotch while they were waiting in a drive-thru. When she started driving, Winston allegedly began yelling homophobic slurs at pedestrians.

Kate said she filed a complaint with Uber after her ride with Winston, but declined to file charges because, as she put it, "I didn't want to be publicly known as the woman who Jameis Winston groped".

"He sexually assaulted me, and I have every right to tell the damn truth about it", she told BuzzFeed. Winston has denied the allegation, calling them "false".

The incident happened at a drive-thru Mexican restaurant after Winston reportedly asked to stop for food.

Winston said he denied the allegations at the time of the incident, but Uber suspended his account. He settled a civil lawsuit past year against a woman who accusd him of rape while they were both students at Florida State University. The accuser filed a federal civil suit against Winston and the parties settled this past December.

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