After allegations came out in November of 2017 of Jameis Winston groping a female Uber driver back in March of 2016, Eagles CB Ronald Darby (FSU teammates and friends with Winston) released a statement refuting the claims.
Here is the official statement as stated by Brandon Lee Gowton from bleedinggreennation.com’s SB Nation (you can read the original article HERE), “I️ 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. 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.”
In what sometimes seemed to be an endless NFL investigation, its conclusion proved that Darby’s statement was proved to be completely untrue after his text messages revealed he wasn’t with Winston during the incident. It wasn’t just a slight change of details based on a personal perspective, but a straight out lie. As the texts clearly prove that (see further details from DeadSpin’s article HERE).He was obviously covering for Winston. So with that said will the NFL hand down some form of discipline for impeding on their investigation?
It is mind boggling that he and Winston could make statements that were 100% untrue and think that their cover story would stick in such a high profile and sensitive case in the midst of a #metoo era. Even though this is probably just a case of college friends sticking together, it calls into question the character of the character. Which unfortunately it even further solidifies why #metoo even exists. Considering the facts, in my opinion, Darby should be held responsible for his actions. Even it means a single or multi game suspension.