It seems like every six months since the world was introduced to Jameis Winston, there has been some kind of distraction that has been attached to his name. The guy is a very talented football player, who very well could be the first pick in the NFL Draft one day, however that will not be the case if his off the field behavior does not get itself under control. With a current record of 2-0, the Florida State seminoles are looking to repeat as national champs, after a season that saw them finally dethrone the SEC from the throne a top college football. They are at the moment the favorites to win this years trophy, but a lot of that depends upon the man under center playing quarterback for the Seminoles.
Taking a look at Jameis Winston's off the field behavior, since his arrival at Florida State, does not paint a very pretty picture of what the sophomore quarterback may really be like in his personal life. It starts with a july 2011 incident where he was accused of stealing soda from a local Burger King, and apparently used ketchup cups to do so. The act in itself is a very childish one and not the kind of behavior you want displayed by anyone representing a major university the size of Florida State. While many will chalk this up to just immaturity, it still has to be said that Winston knew what he was doing with this whole scenario.
Winston's next headline making action unfortunately was one that became an ongoing story through out the entire 2013 college football season. In December of 2012 Winston was accused of raping an FSU student, with the charges not becoming public until November of 2013. The final verdict on the situation was made by the State Attorney, who announced they would not press charges against Winston due to a lack of evidence to meet the burden of proof. It is worth noting however that Georgia Cappleman, the chief assistant state attorney who helped operate the sexual-assault investigation, told The New York Times this past April that "I believe that Mr. Winston cannot be convicted. I don't necessarily believe that he's innocent". While Winston was cleared in this case, he still shouldn't have allowed himself to get into that position in the first place and by doing so, he could have costed his team a chance at the title.
The last two reports that have surfaced concerning the Florida State quarterback have also been on the side of premature behavior as well. Him and his teammate Chris Casher were detained by the Florida State campus police for carrying pellet guns near campus. Then later that week, Winston and Casher were investigated for causing damages costing roughly 4,000 dollars to fix, in their apartment complex at the time. To top it all off, this past April Winston was cited for shoplifting seafood at a local Tallahassee grocery store. He was suspended from the baseball team for a week and was required to participate in community service as well.
Now today we get word of Jameis Winston's latest misdeed. It is reported that Winston climbed onto one of the tables in his schools student union center and proceeded to yell a sexually lewd comment, that was described as being highly offensive to women. He will be suspended for the first half of this Saturday's ACC showdown between Florida State and Clemson and coach Jimbo Fisher was highly disappointed in his star quarterback when asked about it today.
To be frankly honest, outside of the rape accusation, this is by far the worst thing that Winston has been cited of doing this far. He just got done going through a rape case and 7 months later he's yelling sexually explicit comments in a student union, where at the minimum 200 people probably heard the comments. The act in itself is childish but when you take into account Winston's past, this comes off as clueless on Winston's part. The events of today will do nothing but serve Jameis in a negative way. There will be people who will view Winston as a guy who truly doesn't respect women (If they didn't already think that) and his status as a bad apple will just continue to fester in the public eye.
Winston better hope that back up quarterback Sean Maguire is able to keep the ship afloat come Saturday night or he just might have the fan base turn on him to some extent. Clemson, currently ranked 22nd in the country, are no slouches and will be even more fired up now to try and ruin Florida State's season. Jameis Winston, to his credit, did own up to how selfish this behavior was today, but really he just needs to be more aware of how stupid stuff like this could really derail his draft status, his team's season, and most importantly the average person around him. In a week where domestic abuse has been the main topic in the headlines for the sports world, Winston should know better than to further add to the fire by making any sort of comment that attempts to belittle women in any way.
Moving Forward, Winston will be hard pressed to recover some of his self image back, but honestly thats not the main point in all of this. I think for Jameis Winston, it's understanding that it's time to buck up and stop with the highly immature actions before this escalates into something that could severally damage his future. I know people will say these are all small matters, outside of the rape accusation, but at the same time anyone who acts likes Winston's behavior is not concerning is delusional. Next time Winston decides to do something questionable, I hope he will choose to use more foresight, so that we can just focus on his excellent play on the field and not this nonsense off of it.