Why Aren't NFL Teams Interested in rapist Jameis Winston?

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Apr 5, 2020, 1:15:02 AM4/5/20
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When it became clear this week that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
were replacing quarterback Jameis Winston with the venerable Tom
Brady, The Athletic's Greg Auman tweeted that Winston "will be
the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to lead the NFL in
passing yards, then play for a different team the following
season."

The spirit of Auman's point will stand regardless of Winston's
fate now that his time in Tampa is over, but there's one thing
he might have wrong.

Are we certain Winston will play for a different team in 2020?
Are we sure he'll play for anybody?

In the last couple of days, NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported
the New England Patriots are unlikely to pursue Winston, and
ESPN's John Keim reported "there is no chance" Winston will wind
up with the Washington Redskins.

Meanwhile, there have been no reports regarding interested teams.

That doesn't mean there aren't any or will never be any, but
it's not a good omen for Winston's short-term future. Ditto for
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, who have struggled to find
a trade partner for the quarterback, according to The Athletic's
Jourdan Rodrigue.

Winston might not even be the next domino to fall.

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How Florida State Covered Up Two Rape Reports Against Jameis
Winston

How far will a school go to protect a star athlete from rape
allegations? Ask Florida State.

Our film The Hunting Ground and the New York Times have already
detailed the extent of FSU’s derailment of Jameis Winston’s rape
case, but a recently released, explosive deposition shows how
top-level administrators were actively involved in this cover-up.

Last month, the Tampa Bay Times published the complete testimony
of FSU Victim Advocate Director Melissa Ashton that was given in
the just-settled case of Erica Kinsman versus Florida State
University. Ashton’s testimony revealed that:

1. Jameis Winston (now the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers) has been identified in the sexual assaults of two
women, and
2. The Florida State Chief of Police and the Dean of Students
colluded to stop the investigations of Winston.

This is the case: In December 2012, Erica Kinsman reported being
raped by an unknown assailant, and the next month, identified
Jameis Winston as her attacker. In Ashton’s deposition, she
explained that a second woman, who has not been publicly
identified, also reported Winston had sexually assaulted her.

By October 2013, FSU was moving forward with investigations into
both reports, even as Jameis Winston’s football team was winning
game after game.

Then FSU’s Chief of Police David Perry learned that Winston was
being investigated and called Jeanine Ward-Roof, the Dean of
Students in charge of Title IX investigations regarding sexual
assault. Ashton testified that Perry was upset Kinsman had been
told about the second victim, which prompted her to move forward
with her complaint against Winston. Chief Perry wanted to know
“if we make it a practice of telling victims that the
perpetrator has been identified in other cases.”

This was when Ashton realized that FSU officials were in damage-
control mode as they braced for a media firestorm, “...that’s
when I found out that everyone knew and that it was going to be
in the newspaper within the next couple of days. And it was
blowing up,” she testified.

Shortly after that, FSU ditched the mandate to investigate all
reported cases, Ashton said. “Everything was changing hourly.”
At that point, Ward-Roof shut down both cases involving Winston,
and on November 12, 2013, the dean sent a placating email to
Chief Perry, saying, “It is not likely we would tell a victim
that the accused was involved with another case unless we were
moving forward with a conduct case...that is not the fact...”

The following month Winston won the Heisman Trophy and in early
January led his team to win the national championship.

Two weeks after the season ended, FSU finally called Winston in
to testify, but, as we revealed in The Hunting Ground, he
refused to answer any questions. Rather than meet with Kinsman
to hear her account, FSU sent a letter to Winston saying they
were terminating the investigation because Winston refused to
talk to them.

The deposition of Ashton, a nine-year employee of FSU who had
steadily risen through its ranks and left the university in
August 2015 — two months after testifying — also revealed:

FSU’s victim advocate office had 113 sexual assault reports over
2014, yet FSU’s administration reported only 14 sexual assaults
to the federal government.

When asked what changes should be made at FSU, Ashton said:

“I would like to see, when perpetrators are found responsible,
that expelling a student is on the table.”

When asked if that was currently the practice, Ashton replied:
“No.”

When Ashton questioned FSU for violating victim confidentiality
by obtaining victim records from the advocate’s office, FSU
responded to her concerns by threatening her:

Ashton: “Turning them over made me extremely uncomfortable. I
questioned it... In my good-faith view, our records are
privileged. And the victim is the only one that can waive that
privilege. And I have been asked for student records and been
told that I will be personally liable if those records are not
reviewed before releasing them.”

Question: “That sounds like a threat. Is that how you took it?”

Ashton: “Yes.”

Dean of Students Ward-Roof has since left FSU, but
astonishingly, Chief of Police Perry remains.

There must be a thorough outside investigation into how Perry
and other FSU officials-including Jimbo Fisher, the FSU head
football coach, and Monk Bonasorte, the Associate Director of
athletics-colluded to protect Winston.

Something is terribly wrong at Florida State when football
players can commit crimes of violence with impunity, knowing
FSU’s athletic and police departments will protect them.

We urge President John Thrasher to clean house and end this
corruption. Until that happens, FSU’s entire student body is at
risk.

President Thrasher, will you investigate this collusion to
protect a star athlete or will you continue to cover up the
truth?

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-florida-state-
covered_b_9421824

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