Is Jameis Winston Your Leader?
Only in college football can a 20-year old boy manage to have full control of a university, if not an entire city.
On Wednesday, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for the 1st half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after yelling sexual obscenities in the student union. It appears that once again, Winston has raised his Heisman finger and has managed to escape punishment. He will, again, be able to emerge with just a slap on the wrist.
Others may look at the half game suspension as a fitting punishment, but I don’t. I see it as another opportunity for Winston to overcome more adversity and explain to the public as to why he’s “sorry.”
As a football fan, the storyline for Saturday’s game is very predictable. FSU will struggle some with their backup QB Sean Maguire. They will fall behind or at least be tied with the Tigers at halftime. Come the 2nd half, Winston will come in and sail the Seminoles ahead of Clemson for a chance to become the hero. Then all will be forgiven in the world.
Time and time again, the FSU athletic department, as well as the Tallahassee police department, have had opportunities to properly punish Winston, but denied to do so. Winston is the Seminole darling.
There’s no denying (unless you’re a Seminole fan) that the way that the Tallahassee police department handled the sexual assault case involving Winston was extremely sketchy and disturbing. For any victim that has had the courage to surpass the fear of coming forward about rape and sexual assault, that investigation was just an insult to them. I’m not accusing of Winston of the rape, but I wish there had been a thorough investigation for me to know for sure he was innocent.
Then there’s the infamous crab leg incident that happened back in April. Winston was cited for stealing $32.72 worth of crab legs at a Publix — a “mistake” that happened because Winston claimed he merely “forgot”. Because, you know, normal people forget to pay for groceries. The punishment for Winston? Three game suspension from the FSU baseball team and 20 hours of community service. But absolutely zero punishment from the football team.
Side note: Shortly after reports came out from an incident back in July 2013, accusing Winston of stealing soda from a Burger King. No punishment.
Perhaps Winston is just an immature college kid. We were all that age once. But the difference between him and the rest of us is that he’s a leader of national championship winning football team. As a leader, you should take responsibility for your actions and watch what you say and do. If that’s too much for him, maybe he shouldn’t be a starting quarterback. How many pressers have we heard Winston say he’s sorry and that he will learn? How many times has Winston gotten away with punishment (or lack thereof)? Will this be a continued process until he graduates?
Florida State is still under current investigation by the Department of Education for the way it handled the sexual assault case against Winston. A Heisman winning quarterback should have common sense to not yell sexual obscenities, no matter how popular the phrase.
A Heisman winner is supposed to be the epitome of excellence and integrity. Outside the football field, Winston has failed to meet those requirements. Perhaps the fault is with Florida State, for failing to properly punish Winston and allow him to grow as a man. Or perhaps the fault is with Winston, who fails to see past himself.