Jameis Winston controversy continues
One of college football’s most promising young athletes, Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, is currently creating headline news but for reasons he wish weren’t the case.
The Heisman Trophy candidate is being investigated for a reported sexual assault in December 2012.
The initial news of the investigation stemmed from a report by TMZ, a celebrity news website known for shoddy reporting. Though poorly reported, the investigation has since been confirmed, and the developing news since then on the case has not looked favorable for Winston and his camp.
According to ESPN.com, DNA analysis has confirmed that a sample taken from the underwear of the accuser matches that of Winston’s. The odds of a discrepancy between the two samples is one in 2.2 trillion.
Now, the DNA match doesn’t prove that Winston is guilty of any wrongdoing, as the alleged sexual assault could have been consensual like Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, claims; however, it does, at the least, confirm that Winston and the accuser were in some sort of contact.
Couple that with a statement released by the accuser’s family through their attorney, Patricia Carroll, that essentially implies that the Tallahassee Police Department took an apathetic approach toward the accuser due to Winston’s association with the Florida State football team, and you have a potentially very situation for Winston.
“When the attorney contacted Detective (Scott) Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable,” the family said.
If true, that is both sad and disturbing that the police department would do such a thing.
I understand fandom and that is all fine and good to be supportive of your favorite team’s players. But the police department consists of men and women we trust to do what is right for the people. Sports should never come before an alleged crime, whether it turns out to be true or not.
With that being said, you do have to remember that a person’s reputation is at stake when accused of a crime like this. Though Winston has not been arrested or charged with any crime, he will forever be linked to this accusation, whether he’s ultimately found guilty or not. Either way, he has already lost in some way.
As for the case itself, I really don’t know what to think about it, and I think that is the best course of action for me to take. I have no opinion on who I believe, because I don’t believe I am in a position to make that kind of judgment.
However, from a purely neutral standpoint, I do hope that none of this true, only because I don’t wish for anyone to ever be sexually assaulted. If this actually did happen, then hopefully justice is served.
We can only wait it out and see.