What’s Up With Your Man Jameis?
In November 2012, Jameis Winston and three teammates allegedly engage in a BB and pellet-gun battle at their apartment house, inflicting an estimated $4,000 in damage. Management at the apartment house declines to press criminal charges after a FSU athletic official vows that the players will pay for the damage. No big deal in my opinion as far as an indictment on Jameis’ character as boys will be boys.
In July 2013, Winston was accused of entering a Burger King in Tallahassee and helping himself to soda from the fountain machine without paying for it. A restaurant employee later tells police she gave Winston a cup of water but that he poured the water out and helped himself to several cups of soda despite her objections. No charges were filed.
What’s up with your man Jameis? The BB gun (for which he wasoriginally arrested) was one matter, but I feel this is something that he just does and gets away with. Still, sodas at Burger King? Come on son.
During the entire 2013 season, Jameis Winston was under investigation for an alleged December 2012 sexual assault of another Florida State student. He was accused of raping a woman at his off-campus apartment. The woman reports the assault to police that day and five weeks later calls a detective and identifies Winston as her attacker after seeing him in a class. It has prompted an upcoming university student conduct code hearing as he was not criminally charged in December 2013 following an investigation by the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit. However, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating Florida State’s handling of the case and whether the school properly carried out its mandatory Title IX responsibilities.
He did not miss any games. He went on to win the Heisman Trophy and cap off Florida State’s undefeated season with a national championship. He could now be facing as many as four violations of the university’s code of conduct. The possible punishments range from a written or verbal reprimand to expulsion.
What’s up with your man Jameis? Football school or not, simultaneous Title IX investigations and disciplinary committee hearings is a lot to fend off. Somebody is paying David Cornwell’s retainer though. Sexual assault and rape is not bb guns and sodas at Burger King so I will always advocate legal representation.
A Busy 2014
In April, Winston allegedly stole $32.72 worth of crab legs from a Tallahassee supermarket. He is given a civil citation that allows him to do community service and was suspended from the FSU baseball team until he completes that work. Winston tells police he “forgot” to pay for the crab legs and publicly apologizes.
What’s up with your man Jameis? Didn’t he learn from Burger King that this is a bad look. I’m starting to question some things about how he processes non football related information.
In September, he yelled an obscenely hilarious phrase in the student union on FSU’s campus on September 18th. What’s up with your man Jameis? How he could say this ridiculously comical expression in the wake of the criminal charges he just beat and the civil charges he and the school are likely to face is mind-boggling.
Finally, there were 950 autographs of his that were found at the same dealer which caused the indefinite suspension of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. I actually know what this is about, and I am for Jameis getting money especially since we know what he does on the field.
Jameis Will Play
I agree with the guys at biglead.com:
“Georgia suspended Heisman Trophy leader Todd Gurley for last weekend’s game against Missouri after a scorned memorabilia dealer came forward with photo and video evidence that the star running back was paid to sign items. While most agree that Gurley should be able to profit from his likeness, the dumb NCAA has silly rules against such a thing. There was direct evidence of Gurley violating said rules. So, Georgia suspended its best player.
Even without him, Georgia won. (Converse: What if Georgia had just said, ‘to hell with this memorabilia dealer and his evidence, we’re playing our star and if you have to rescind games later, so be it?’ Then what? Could the keystone cops at the NCAA figure this out?)
Winston’s case is different: Despite ESPN reporting that around 950 items have been signed and authenticated, nobody has yet to come forward saying “I have evidence Winston was paid for these items.” One suspects he was paid – again, not that there’s anything wrong with that – but, unless someone comes forward, there isn’t much incentive for FSU or the NCAA to actively pursue it. Suspending star football players benefits no one.”
What’s Up With Your Man Jameis?
I am a huge Florida State fan going back to the days of Deion Sanders, Peter Tom Willis, and Ron Johnson. I am aware that Jameis will take certain liberties for in spite of what happens off the field, he balls on it as the Seminoles are likely to go undefeated and make the BCS playoffs with a chance at a second national championship.
Rape and sexual assault are a big deal and those investigations will reveal what they will as did the criminal investigation. The student conduct hearing is a bit hypocritical as we know there are separate rules for football players and students at Florida State. That hearing will result in what it will result in though. I don’t care if he did or did not get paid for his autograph. I expect the big things. I am sweating the little things because the margin for error is so small. Be better Jameis.