The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bracing for the worst as starting quarterback Jameis Winston is facing a suspension by the NFL after an alleged incident back in March of 2016 took place where Winston is accused of sexually abusing a Uber driver in Arizona.
Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, a former teammate of Winston at Florida State was with Winston the night of the incident and initially denied any wrongdoing occurred.
Darby claimed he was in the Uber with Winston the night of the alleged incident, as well as a third party who is now revealed to be former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks.
“There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported. Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true.”
Banks’s statement is where things get interesting.
Although he admits they were with Winston in an Uber that night, Banks claims he and Darby put Winston in another Uber by himself because he was so “unruly” as described to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
This is when the supposed incident occurred.
Per Buccaneers beat reporter Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Banks was not revealed as a friend of Winston, more so associated with Darby.
To be clear, we're not identifying Brandon Banks as a friend of Jameis Winston, as others have. Banks' attorney said Banks and Ronald Darby have been friends since high school. He characterized Banks as an acquaintance of Winston.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 23, 2018
That report shows Banks didn’t really have any incentive to defend Winston.
Winston is likely facing a three game suspension from the league, who didn’t seem to take Darby’s statements seriously as the former first overall pick is expected to be suspended.
The contradicting statements isn’t a great look for Darby who has repeatedly come to the defense of Winston.
When both Darby and Winston attended Florida State, Winston was accused of sexual assault on another student and Darby claimed he saw the two having consensual sex.
Darby won’t receive any discipline from the league, but this new statement isn’t a great look for the fourth year corner.
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