Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks, who is serving 15 years in prison after being found guilty of the gang rape of a female Vanderbilt student in June 2013, now says Jameis Winston was left alone with the Uber driver that accused him of groping her.
This account contradicts previous statements in the case that Winston had never been left alone with the driver, via ESPN:
A friend of Jameis Winston’s who was with him the night the Buccaneers quarterback allegedly sexually abused an Uber driver says Winston left a party scene alone in the Uber car. That statement contradicts a third friend who has said publicly that Winston was never left alone with the driver.
Winston, former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks and Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby were at a Scottsdale, Arizona, nightclub in March 2016 when Winston became intoxicated and “unruly,” prompting his friends to send him away in an Uber, Banks’ attorney, Mark Scruggs, told Outside the Lines. “What happened after that,” Scruggs said, “they cannot say.” Banks has never been identified publicly as being at the scene until now.
Things are getting even more messy for Winston. He’s already been suspended by the NFL for three games. If more witnesses come forward and contradict his account of what happened, the number of games could increase.