Earlier this week, Jameis Winston accepted the NFL equivalent to a deal and agreed to be suspended for three games after calling on an Uber rider her. In return for Winston's approval of his suspension, the NFL did not reveal much about what it revealed other than its final decision that Winston "violated personal conduct by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without their consent. " 1
Their attorney, John Clune, told me that the League signaled to them that a piece of evidence collected by NFL investigators was text messages from Ronald Darby's phone, a Philadelphia Eagles cornerback and former Winston team-mate in Florida State. When the Uber driver spoke for the first time, Darby made a statement indicating she was lying; He said there were three people in the car at the time and Winston was in the back seat. The statement ended with her saying, "The charges are simply not true."
Go into this week and it seems that Darby's text messages told a different story. Clune said they showed that Darby "was still out of the club when the Uber ride came to an end." This is about another person who was with Winston that night, Brandon Banks, that Winston has taken an Uber ride alone, contrary to what The Darby Statement said. Banks currently serves 15 years in prison for rape of an unconscious woman in Vanderbilt.
Clune said the Uber driver felt very well about how seriously the League was investigating and that they were "extremely understanding and professional" the entire time. The woman, he said, had paid less attention to how many games Winston was exposed to and instead wanted to see "some accountability."
"It has been a strange exercise to try to find out how many matches correspond to sexual misconduct like this," said Clune. "It underlined the feeling that her focus should be on a positive outcome rather than on a specific discipline."