Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is under fire following a sexual assault allegation. According to a November 17 report by BuzzFeed News, an Uber driver named “Kate” alleges that in 2016, Winston grabbed her crotch for several seconds while waiting in the drive-thru line of a fast-food restaurant.
“Kate” described Winston as being “very physically imposing” and said she was in shock when he put his hand on her crotch for nearly 5 seconds. The NFL said it’s investigating the Uber driver’s allegation against Winston in a letter obtained by BuzzFeed.
The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston. The League takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter.
Winston has had a solid start to his professional career since being selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s been dating a former athlete and aspiring sportscaster since he went to Florida State University.
Winston’s girlfriend is Breion Allen, a Rice University basketball player who opened some eyes in August 2013 when Winston posted a video of her making an athletic one-handed grab while running routes at Doak Campbell Stadium. She was by Winston’s side during the draft, even though Winston was not in Chicago to hear his name called.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. She Played Basketball at Rice University
Allen, a 5-foot-9 guard, was a senior basketball player at Rice University in 2014. She didn’t get a ton of playing time over her first two seasons in Houston, but she proved to be a valuable outside shooter off the bench.
Coming out of Hoover High School in 2012, where she met Winston, Allen was a three-star recruit and the 106th ranked guard in the nation by ESPN recruiting. She was known for her tenacity and shooting touch.
Hoover was 31-3 in Allen’s senior season, finishing as the 29th ranked team in the nation according to MaxPreps.
As a sophomore in 2013-14, she played in 26 games, averaging 2.3 points and 0.5 rebounds in 8.2 minutes per game. Her best game as an Owl came on November 26, 2013, when she scored 12 points on 4-for-5 3-point shooting and hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime in a 79-74 loss to Sam Houston State.
She shot just 27 percent (12-for-44) from 3-point range, but her 12 made 3-pointers were the third most on the team.
She finished her career at Rice as a 29% three point shooter in 72 games played. She averaged 8.3 minutes played during her time in Houston.
In both of her two seasons at Rice, she’s been named to the Conference USA commissioner’s honor roll, which honors athletes who have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or above.
2. She’s an Aspiring Sportscaster Who Interned at Comcast Houston in 2014
Allen, an aspiring sportscaster, completed a summer internship at Comcast Sportsnet Houston back in 2014. You can watch her demo reel above, which includes a report on the Spurs hiring Becky Hammon as the NBA’s first full-time female assistant coach and highlights of an Astros-Twins game.
She tweeted in June about her dream of one day sitting behind the anchor’s desk.
And one day I shall be here… ? pic.twitter.com/TFXDvJ7RB0
— Breion A. (@_LifeIsBreezi_) June 29, 2014
3. She Can Run Routes With the Best of Them
In the video above from August 2013, Allen ran routes with her boyfriend Winston at Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium and looked very comfortable receiving passes from the Heisman Trophy winning QB.
Allen caught the attention of the Twittersphere in June 2013, when Winston posted an Instagram video, since removed, of Allen running a route at and making a running one-handed grab in the end zone.
This past summer, when the Bucs were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks series, Allen was featured on a few episodes. The couple played pop-a-shot during one episode at Winston’s home.
Winston touted Allen’s athletic ability in the scene from the show.
4. She Has 2 Cousins Who Have Played in the NFL
Allen is just one of several athletes in her family who have played Division I college sports. Two of her cousins — running back Sean Jackson and defensive back Sam Shade — starred at high profile college programs and went on to play in the NFL.
Shade (pictured above) starred at Alabama from 1991-1994. He picked in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and went on to have an eight-year NFL career with the Bengals (1995-98) and Washington Redskins (1999-2002). He is now in his fifth season as an assistant coach for Samford University, coaching cornerbacks. In 2011, Shade worked with the secondary that ranked third in the Southern Conference in pass defense. Shade also tutored 2012 NFL Draft pick Corey White.
Another cousin, Jasmine Lee, played basketball at University of Georgia from 2007-2008 and Memphis University from 2010-2012.
5. She & Winston Are Both From Alabama
Allen grew up in Hoover, Alabama and graduated in 2012 from Hoover High School, where she was a three-year letter-winner and two-year starter in basketball.
Allen and Winston will watch the NFL Draft together in Hueytown, where Winston will be joined by family friends like Allen’s father Fred, a finance director for Landers McLarty Dodge in Bessemer, Alabama.