According to my research, god complex is an unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege and infallibility. In my opinion this describes Florida State University Seminoles star QB, Jameis Winston.
At the age of 19, he became the second freshman and the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy so success and fame came very quickly for Winston at FSU. He finished his freshman season with 4,057 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns, which set an ACC record and a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision freshman record. He also led his team to an undefeated 14–0 record, winning the ACC Championship and the BCS National Championship. Those accomplishments alone would make anyone feel entitled!
Prior to winning the Heisman, on December 5, 2013, state attorney Willie Meggs announced the completion of their three week investigation of a sexual assault complaint involving Winston that was originally filed with the Tallahassee Police Department on December 7, 2012. No charges were filed.
On April 16, 2014, The New York Times reported irregularities in the rape investigation involving Winston. Though a medical examination of the victim revealed injuries consistent with sexual trauma – including bruises and semen – and the victim would later identify Winston by name as her attacker, Tallahassee police reportedly never obtained a DNA sample from Winston, never interviewed him, nor attempted to obtain video of the alleged assault taken by Seminoles teammate Chris Casher. The investigation was conducted by Officer Scott Angulo, who, the Times' article notes, did private security work for the Seminole Boosters, the primary financier of Florida State athletics.
On April 29, 2014, Winston was issued an adult civil citation for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix store. Okay just maybe this could be the wakeup call to Winston that he isn’t always right and can do whatever he wants. He was ordered to undergo 20 hours of community service and was suspended from any college baseball activity until he completed his community service. The slap on the wrist just boosted his already huge ego. In regards to playing football, Winston received no form of punishment so he probably didn’t take any of this very seriously!
Just when everyone thought that Winston finally started distancing himself from any form of controversy, on September 16, 2014, Winston decides to shout out an obscene sexual phrase which was a popular internet meme at the time, while standing atop a table in Florida State University's Student Union. This time FSU had to take some form of action for his behavior! FSU suspended him for the whole game during last Saturday’s 23-17 victory over the Clemson Tigers.
Winston still didn't appear to get it because he took it upon himself to warm up in shoulder pads prior to the game. I guess the inflated sense of his personal abilities on the field gave him a degree of hope that he would be allowed to play at some point during the game. Coach Jimbo Fisher looked very displeased and after a brief conversation with his star QB, the pads came off!
Earlier in September, Florida State University decided to reopen its Title IX investigation into the allegations of sexual assault, which was closed because the star quarterback refused to answer questions. Winston was full aware of this and that’s why I can’t understand why he decided to do what he did in the University’s student union for everyone to hear! He shouldn’t have said this period especially after being accused of sexual assault.
If found to be in violation of FSU’s code of conduct. Winston could face punitive measures that range from expulsion from school all the way down to probation and a verbal reprimand. The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights mandates that Title IX investigations should take no longer than 60 days. So there is a possibility that Winston could face some form of action by FSU before the 2014 season ends. Through his attorney, Winston announced that he would cooperate with the investigation.
Maybe suspending Winston for the Clemson game was a message to him that his bad behavior and choices will no longer be tolerated at FSU. Hopefully Winston and his god complex will take them seriously!
My hope and prayer is that Jameis Winston will mature as a person and become a role model for many young people in need of one.
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