Leading up to the draft, I was convinced the Bucs would draft Marcus Mariota. One of the reasons I believed that was Lisa Friel. She was hired by Roger Goodell to be his consultant on domestic violence and sex crimes. The latter of which she used to prosecute in the New York City District Attorney’s office. Friel was instrumental in the Greg Hardy investigation and his subsequent ten (now four) game suspension.
On April 3rd, Jason Cole reported that Friel would meet with Winston accuser, Erica Kinsman:
Now, the NFL is expected to have Lisa Friel, who was hired this past fall by the NFL, as part of their personal conduct policy measures, to eventually talk to the alleged victim to find out her side of the story and to get as much information as she’s willing to share.
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As a (now former) Bucs fan, I hoped Friel would get to the bottom of the Winston sexual assault allegations. In my mind, speaking to the alleged victim, Erica Kinsman, was instrumental in finding out the truth. Although the Bucs refused to do that, Friel obviously thought it was important. There also was/is an alleged 2nd rape victim out there and after thinking about that, I wrote this prediction: