The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ “Famous” Jameis Winston is in news again, despite the fact that he is not currently on the field. An Uber driver by the name of “Kate” claims Winston groped her after she stopped at at a fast food restaurant so he could get something to eat. The incident allegedly took place in March 2016 in Scottsdale Arizona:
Winston, then 22, was the only passenger in the vehicle, riding in the passenger seat, where he allegedly shouted homophobic slurs at pedestrians.
“I started driving, and right away, Jameis behaved poorly,” Kate told BuzzFeed News. After Winston asked to stop for food, Kate drove to the drive-through of Los Betos Mexican Food, where he then “reached over and he just grabbed my crotch.” Kate claims Winston’s hands were on her privates for 3 to 5 seconds. In shock, she removed his hand and said, “What’s up with that?”
Kate found 6-foot-4 Winston “physically imposing.”
“I mean, he’s an NFL quarterback and I’m 5-foot-6. I’m not prepared for that. So I completely froze,” she recounted.
The Bucs have not commented on the matter but the League is aware of the matter and has been in contact with Kate. The NFL is apparently, investigating the matter and taking it seriously. This is the wrong time to have one’s name associated with improprieties involving women. Numerous women have recounted sexual assaults perpetrated by Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein, who is affiliated with such movies as Pulp Fiction and The King’s Speech. Weinstein was booted out of Weinstein and company, the film making shop he and his brother founded. Kevin Spacey is in deep trouble with Netflix after an actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him as a teenager. Rapp went on to star in Star Trek. Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of pushing up on a 14 year old girl back when he was in his 30s. Moore is done; he just doesn’t know it yet.
Though the Tampa Bay organization did not return requests for comment, the league is aware of Kate’s accusations against Winston.
“The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston,” a letter sent Thursday from the NFL’s special counsel for investigations stated to Kate. “The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter.”
Par For The Course For Winston?
This isn’t the first time Winston was accused of assaulting a woman. In December 2012 a Florida State freshman claimed she had been raped by a stranger after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar. The incident was kept under wraps by the Tallahassee police for nearly a year. By the time they were made public – the target – Jameis Winston was the big man on campus. He was a redshirt freshman known as “Famous Jameis”, and quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles with National Championship aspirations.
I originally thought someone came for Jameis after he had become a star and it was clear he would earn riches in the NFL. Maybe some young enterprising co-ed wanted to get a piece of his star before he left town. After all, when Winston was a bench warmer nobody was interested. They only wanted to push up after he EJ Manuel graduated and gave Winston a chance to shine. Little did I know the allegations arose shortly after Winston’s freshman year.
There rumors that the accuser’s testimony contained errors in it and she had switched up her story on multiple occasions. Alleged witnesses said any involvement between her and Jameis had to have been consensual. Rumors leaked there were errors in the police investigation and a joint cover-up with the police and the Florida State athletic department. At the end of the day, Florida State was not going to let anything – including a alleged sexual assault – derail its National Championship run. Winston and Seminoles eventually took care of Auburn in that season’s National Championship game. Winston’s accuracy and poise were as good as advertised.
Winston had a chip and had seemingly dodged the sexual assault rap. One would have thought he would have laid low, but not Winston. His sophomore year he was all over social media again for standing up in the middle of the cafeteria and yelling, “F__k her right in the p___y!” It created a firestorm on campus and nationally. The incident also hurt his reputation and his brand. Those who were previously sympathetic to “Poor ol’ Jameis being extorted by a thirsty co-ed” began to believe there could be some truth to the allegations. Coach Jimbo Fisher appeared to have tired of excusing Jameis’ off the field issues. By the time Winston declared for the NFL draft as a redshirt sophomore, it seemed that Fisher and Seminole Nation were happy to see him go.
The Shock Exchange doubts Winston has any backers left at this point. His “Goober” routine has worn thin and if it comes down to “Kate” the Uber driver we don’t know, and Winston who has a history, the public will likely ride with Kate.
On Trump And The Global Economy
The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.
The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership vis-a-vis Obama? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?