Jameis Winston, Florida State’s star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, has been suspended for Saturday night’s game against Clemson University. This isn’t the first time trouble has crossed Winston’s path and, if history is any indicator, it won’t be the last. The misogynist conduct of several stars of the NFL have thrust the issues of domestic violence and misconduct into the spotlight lately, so the Seminoles had no choice but to suspend Winston after he made vulgar and lascivious taunts at a female student. Initially, the suspension was for the first half of the game, but they have decided it would be more of a statement if he were benched for the entire nationally televised contest. Seems Florida State University has finally realized their 2-quarter suspension was a JOKE — and now FSU has decided to pull Jameis Winston from the ENTIRE GAME this weekend as punishment for his “F**k her right in the p**sy” outburst this week.
Winston not only is an accomplished star of the gridiron, he also has a career as a pitcher in baseball. Unfortunately, the storybook career(s) of Winston have been tainted by misconduct off the field(s). He was caught shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee grocery store in the spring of 2014 which led to his suspension from the baseball team. Incidentally, Jameis has had more serious troubles than shoplifting. This latest misogynist faux pas was preceded by a very damaging accusation of rape, stemming from an incident on December 7, 2012.
Because Winston is such a valuable part of a football team, in a conference where football is practically a religion, the accusations of sexual misconduct were not taken as seriously as they should have been. The New York Times explained:
The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA. The Times’s examination — based on police and university records, as well as interviews with people close to the case, including lawyers and sexual assault experts — found that, in the Winston case, Florida State did little to determine what had happened.
Long story short, he got away with it. Many people have the suspicion that Florida State helped cover up the incident in order to win the coveted championship. Winston not only won the Heisman, but won the national championship, so why should he change his behavior towards women? In light of the exposure of the NFL’s domestic violence, maybe the tide has turned and this sort of appalling conduct will no longer be swept under the rug. For the sake of the women involved as well as the loyal fans of the game, we hope this will be the case.