Well here’s more troubling news for James Winston. The female Uber driver who accused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback of groping her during a ride in her vehicle, which ultimately led to his three-game suspension by the NFL, has filed a lawsuit against Winston. According to reports, The woman, named Kate P., is suing James for $75,000 for alleging groping her inappropriately while in her Uber back in 2016. She is seeking damages related to emotional distress and “future therapy expenses” as well as punitive damages “to punish and deter such conduct.”
“She is unimpressed by his continued lack of honesty or awareness into his behavior,” Kate’s attorney, John Clune told the Tampa Bay Times. “Maybe a more direct financial penalty will get his attention. He needs to learn from this and have some genuine insight or pay the penalty.
“She knows that she might be just a speed bump for him in his football career, but she is not going to be a small one,” he added
The newly-filed suit claims that Kate picked up Winston from in front of a Scottsdale club in her Uber. The suit says that Winston “became belligerent” and demanded a burrito. While the driver took Winston to a drive-thru, the suit claims that Winston “placed his fingers between her legs and pressed them firmly against her vagina over her yoga pants.”
Winston’s representatives said they anticipated the lawsuit, adding, “As for legal representation, Jameis has guidance. He has a good group of professionals around him right now.”
Winston is expected to return from his 3-game suspension following next week, but it doesn’t look like he’ll have his starting job back as Ryan Fitzpatrick is the man now in Tampa.
We’ll continue to keep you posted on this story moving forward.