There is a growing sense of angst with this Jameis Winston-Uber situation. The driver who claims Winston allegedly groped her while in the front seat came forward back in November and the NFL has since been dragging its feet with the investigation.
That has been bothering head coach Dirk Koetter.
“Well, to be honest, it is a little frustrating,” Koetter said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings via ESPN. “But I really don’t think about that a whole lot because, one, we have no control over it, and two, I’m not involved in it. I mean, I really don’t know where that’s at. I don’t have any knowledge of any of that. It’s just one of those things we don’t have control over so we have to move ahead.”
Winston has since cooperated with the investigation and has provided information to the league upon their request. Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Ronald Darby has come out publicly and stated that he was in the car with Winston and the young quarterback was not in the front seat.
The NFL’s delay has made general manager Jason Licht frustrated as well.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s out of our hands,” said Licht. “But we’re cooperating and I’m sure they’re doing their due diligence.”
A police report was never filed and the incident allegedly happened in Scottsdale, Arizona back in March 2016. After reports stated the NFL has yet to reach out to Winston or Darby, the league has stated they are looking into the “background” of the claims.
The Bucs did re-sign veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and still have Ryan Griffin on the roster. So if Winston does face a suspension, they will be covered with someone being able to fill in.
The NFL’s continued silence on the matter only raises suspicions of a suspension becoming more likely.