Just a few weeks ago, Florida State University, red-shirt freshman QB, Jameis Winston was the talk of the college football world as a legitimate candidate for this seasons Heisman trophy. He became a huge media darling after an impressive game against ACC rival Clemson, at Death Valley, leading the Seminoles to a 51-14 victory.
In the nationally televised game, Winston threw for 444 yards and had four touchdowns. He looked totally invincible in that game and many in the media started believing that he could possibly jump ahead of everyone on the Heisman Watch list, including Johnny Manziel.
Currently FSU is the number 2- ranked team in the BCS standings, behind Alabama and a majority of college football fans were sitting back anticipating a possible future match-up between these two programs.
Then this past week, it became known that the Tallahassee Police Department received a complaint of sexual battery, although the police report does not mention the suspect by name. It is believed to have been Jameis Winston. It says the complaint was received at 4:10 a.m. and that the incident occurred between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2012. No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.
So far all we know is Winston has retained an attorney and as of today hasn’t been charged with a crime.
According to The Orlando Sentinel's, Mike Bianchi, There are questions, many questions: Why has this investigation been going on for nearly a year without any arrests being made? Why did Winston's attorney tell reporters that police haven't even questioned Winston during the investigation? Why is the suspect described as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-11 when Winston is listed as 6-4? And in this instantaneous Internet age of texting and tweeting, how can it be that such a famous football player being accused of such a serious crime is kept secret for 11 months?
You might be asking, what happens if police decide they have enough evidence to bring felony charges against Winston? He would, per school policy, then be suspended and FSUs championship hopes would go down the drain.
Now that the accusations are the hot topic, no more do we hear the echoes of Winston being the frontrunner for the Heisman because it would be hard for anyone to vote for a person being accused of sexual assault.
The seriousness of these allegations not only could cost Winston a Heisman trophy or FSU a chance at a national championship, but this could cost him his future.
The thing that disturbs me is that many in the media that helped build the brand of Jameis Winston are the very ones eager to tear it down without all the relevant facts.
****Portions of The Orlando Sentinel’s “Sexual assault allegation turns Famous Jameis into another infamous college scandal” were used in this blog****