Report: Former Vanderbilt player convicted of rape was with Jameis Winston in 2016

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--ESPN reports Brandon Banks, the former Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape, was with Jameis Winston the night the alleged groping of an Uber driver by the Buccaneers quarterback.

Winston was suspended for three games by the NFL on Friday due to allegations made by an Arizona Uber driver. The woman claims in 2016 she gave Winston a ride and he allegedly grabbed her crotch while in a drive thru to get food.

Winston has previously claimed the woman was confused and stated there were two other men in the car who could have been responsible.

According to ESPN, those two men were Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby and Brandon Banks. ESPN cites a statement made by Banks' attorney Mark Scruggs who said Banks and Darby were not in the vehicle and instead sent Winston home in another Uber.

Banks had not yet been convicted of aggravated rape at the time of the allegations. Banks was convicted in June of last year on the charge and is serving 15 years in prison.

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