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.
Kate told Buzzfeed News in November 2017 that a group of men placed Winston alone in the front passenger seat of her car around 2 a.m. on March 13, 2016, outside a Scottsdale nightclub. She said the men excitedly told her that she would be chauffeuring someone famous that night, Winston. Scruggs told Outside the Lines that Darby, Banks and Winston had been together throughout that night until the Uber showed up for Winston.
He is set to join Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings.
The Twins recently placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the DL with a strained neck and concussion-like symptoms. Regular DH Logan Morrison has started the past four games at first base.
Wow. I wish I could do that, Jack Flaherty, who struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings on Sunday, told Sporting News. I wish I could throw 105. But there’s a reason very few people have done it. It’s special. Him and Chapman. That’s a pretty exclusive club.
Aroldis Chapman is the only other player to ever reach 105 mph. He owns the record, at 105.1. Hicks owns the record for the fastest strike — Odubel Herrera fouled off the pitch — and is the only person to hit that 105 mph mark twice.
I can’t really describe it. It’s special. It’s fun to watch, Flaherty said. Yesterday was nothing different. He was fun to watch.
Much has been made about the low strikeout rate that accompanies such velocity. And it is odd, no doubt. In 22 innings, Hicks has struck out just nine hitters. Flaherty struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings on Sunday, and Miles Mikolas struck out nine in his complete-game shutout Monday evening. And, yes, Hicks has walked 16 batters. That’s a rate that needs to drop.