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Report: NFL investigation into Jameis Winston to stretch into offseason

The Bucs quarterback has been accused of groping an Uber driver in 2016.

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The NFL investigation into the groping allegations levied against Jameis Winston is expected to last into the 2018 offseason, according to a report from Adam Schefter. The ESPN journalist reports that the NFL has talked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ security director, and the investigation appears to be in its initial stages.

An Uber driver accused Jameis Winston of groping her in April of 2016, saying the quarterback grabbed her crotch. This was first reported in a Buzzfeed story that appeared two weeks ago. The driver reported this to Uber, which led to Winston being banned from the platform.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that he had not heard of the incident until the allegations appeared in the media, and the Bucs issued a statement supportive of the investigation.

Winston has claimed that he was in the car, but was in the back seat, while the groper was supposedly in the passenger seat. Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby, who was also a witness for Winston when the latter was accused of rape in college, corroborated that account, and claimed that nothing untoward happened in the car. The Uber driver’s attorney John Clune claimed that Darby and Winston were lying, and that Winston was the only person in the car at the time.

At this point, the Uber driver has not taken any legal action, nor is she planning to, according to Clune. The NFL can suspend Winston or take other disciplinary action based on its own investigations, though.