The Bucs were pleased to see Jameis Winston play well, as he returned to his starting role in a 27-9 win over San Francisco Sunday. Now, Winston has to be pleased that he’s apparently put his latest off-field trouble behind him with an out of court settlement.
This, after federal court documents filed in Arizona late Monday afternoon revealed that Winston and a female Uber driver in Arizona had reached a settlement in her civil suit against him. The suit came after Winston allegedly inappropriately touched the woman’s crotch in the front seat of an Uber in March of 2016.
In the court filing the woman described only as “Kate,” recounted the Saturday night in March of that year and what she endured. And, she recounted the fact that she immediately reported Winston to her employer, Uber. Uber went ahead and took the step to permanently ban Winston from their service.
The woman later hired prominent Title IX Attorney, John Clune of Colorado and filed the federal lawsuit earlier this year. She was seeking a minimum of $75,000 in Damages.
It is customary that neither side discusses the actual terms of any settlement and the plaintiff probably had to sign a non-disclosure agreement that forbids her side from ever discussing what she received.
However, just as Winston settled his civil suit with former Florida State student Erica Kinsman, who accused him of sexual assault in 2013 and was also represented by Clune, the safe assumption is that it took at least six figures to do that and potentially more.
With this chapter of his off-the-field trouble now out of the way, including his three game suspension earlier this year from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy related to the incident, Winston can now focus on the final five games of 2018.
And even though the Buccaneers won on Sunday, Winston situation is still tenuous, as he was benched earlier in October for for poor play. And, he may very well be benched again, if the Bucs aren’t succeeding the next couple of weeks and/or he’s playing poorly.
Tampa Bay currently sits at 4-7 and another loss will eliminate them, most likely, from the playoffs.
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