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Fellow NFL Player Defends Jameis Winston In Uber Sexual Assault Allegations

Winston is accused of grabbing a female Uber driver's crotch during a ride.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston is being defended in allegations that he sexually assaulted an Uber driver. According to ESPN, fellow NFL player, Ronald Darby of the Philadelphia Eagles, came out to support his friend, stating that he was in the car at the time of the alleged assault. 

"I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona," Darby (seen below as number 41) said in his statement. 

He continued, "There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported. Myself and Jameis (seen in the main image) 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."

An Uber driver named Kate told BuzzFeed News that Winston was sitting next to her in the car in March 2016, and he asked to stop for food. While waiting in line at the drive-thru, he reached over and grabbed her genital area.

Winston denied the accusations and claimed he wasn't sitting next to her. 

"The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver," Winston said. "I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her." 

The NFL is reportedly investigating the incident.

This is not the first time that Darby has come to Winston's defense. Back in 2013, he dismissed claims that his friend sexually assaulted another woman. Due to lack of evidence, the state attorney did not file charges in that case.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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