ESPN reported the following statement from the Uber driver, identified as Kate, was issued through her attorney:
"I am glad to see the NFL discipline Jameis Winston. I do appreciate his apology, even if it needs some work I would like to publicly acknowledge the NFL Investigators, particularly Lisa Friel and John Iannarelli, for their kind, professional and thorough investigation.
My experience should highlight the importance of believing women when they have the courage to come forward about sexual assault. Perhaps that night could have been prevented if others had been believed before me.
Mr. Winston once said, 'Girls should be silent, polite, and gentle.' I disagree.