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Charlie Ward: Jameis Winston ‘at peace with’ investigation

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Because of the ongoing investigation, Jameis Winston has yet to publicly address the complaint of an alleged sexual assault filed against him last December.

He has, though, addressed it privately with one former Florida State great.

Charlie Ward texts Winston on a regular basis.  In the second half of the Seminoles’ blowout of Syracuse Saturday, the ex-FSU quarterback great was seen joking with the burgeoning current FSU quarterback great on the sidelines.  Ward told the Orlando Sentinel that, yes, he has spoken to Winston about the scandal since it surfaced the middle of last week.

Like most, Winston was taken aback that such an issued became public nearly a year after it was first investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department.  Winston has come to terms with the controversy, Ward said.

“It came out of the blue,” Ward said. “The timing is very odd but for him, he said he’s at peace with it, so I’m at peace with it.”

Last Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported that a complaint alleging sexual assault was filed with the TPD in the early morning hours of Dec. 7.  The alleged victim claimed that she was sexually assaulted through the use of “physical force.”  The complaint was received against Winston, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Winston’s attorney said he was told in February that the case was closed, but the complaint was forwarded to state’s attorney Willie Meggs of the 2nd Judicial Circuit the same day the information surfaced publicly.  Meggs has assigned two investigators to the case, vowing to “get to the bottom of it and do the right thing.”  The hope is that a decision on whether charges will or won’t be filed against Winston can be made in the next week or two.

Meggs told The Associated Press Saturday that an interview with the alleged victim, who has moved out of state since the complaint was filed, is in the process of being arranged.  Thus far, and as is his right, Winston has declined to speak to investigators.

While the focus has understandably been on Winston, Meggs reminded people that there is an unidentified (alleged) victim involved as well.

“There is a victim out there right now whose world has tumbled down around her,’” Meggs told The AP. “We have a female victim here, too, and my job is to make sure that this victim or any victim of a crime has their rights protected. … Everything is now focused on Winston and what’s going to happen to him.”

We will once again note that, if Winston were to be charged with what would be a felony, he would be immediately suspended from the football team per university policy.  That suspension would last until the case was resolved.

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46 Responses to “Charlie Ward: Jameis Winston ‘at peace with’ investigation”
  1. opinevain says: Nov 17, 2013 11:15 AM

    Awkward timing. And of course its a story because he’s been galvanized and for that, he practically had a perfect game yesterday. We gon bring the noise *Jameis voice

  2. northstarnic says: Nov 17, 2013 11:31 AM

    Nice to hear the kid is at peace with being a rapist. Thanks Charlie.

  3. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    And you know this how? He may very well be guilty but at this point it is just as likely he is not. Unless you have been privy to information that has not yet been released you don’t have a clue.

  4. eidolon21 says: Nov 17, 2013 11:54 AM

    ESPN and the Media have already found him guilty and FSU is covering it up. NCAA sanctions are due now… why wait for Legal proceedings!!!

  5. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 12:05 PM

    I remember several years ago the Duke lacrosse team was thought to be guilty of gang rape. How did that turn out?

  6. bushwiq says: Nov 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    Northstarnic, you are an idiot. If this were a rape case there would be no way this would have stayed in the dark for more than 10 months. Com’on, this is the state of Florida or as I like to call it “Mississippi with money”. I just hope that when or if he is exonerated of these charges, the media invests the same amount of time in announcing his innocence as they have done in portraying his assumed guilt.

  7. thraiderskin says: Nov 17, 2013 12:17 PM

    Bushwiq… your first sentence couldn’t be more inaccurate, but I do hope he is exonerated.

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 17, 2013 12:18 PM

    Duke la crosse player were probably guilty, like OJ was probably guilty, and Winston will be the same. Guilty but not proven. Plus lots of things stay in the dark for awhile. Ask Reggie Bush, Or the Miami scandal.

  9. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 17, 2013 12:20 PM

    Or Penn State. Rape that stayed in the closet for a long time. It’s all about the brand.

  10. bushwiq says: Nov 17, 2013 12:28 PM

    I agree to an extent. As stated earlier, the timing is the part this is most disturbing. It is almost like someone waited until the right moment to revisit this incident and allow the media to blow it up in an attempt to derail this athlete and FSU as a program. I would like to speak with Urban Myer and get his take on it…LOL

  11. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 12:28 PM

    Some people obviously haven’t read the police report. The lady described a 5’9″-5’10″ individual that weighed approximately 250 pounds… How did Winston’s name even get dragged into this? That’s not even close squinting.

  12. sanduskyshowerspecial says: Nov 17, 2013 12:49 PM

    Sure didn’t play like someone with a guilty conscience yesterday.. Nor like someone who thinks he is possibly facing serious charges. I’m just hoping that because he is so high profile, that Meggs doesn’t turn this into a whole Duke lacrosse witch-hunt to try and score a few political points- although I wouldn’t put it past him.

  13. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    @madtownthrowdown the Duke lacrosse team was exonerated because the accuser lied. Go back and read the history.

  14. be4bama says: Nov 17, 2013 1:16 PM

    What about the incident at Norte Dame?

  15. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    Rape is ok. Signing autographs however, brings shame to the game. – Mark May

  16. jackarons says: Nov 17, 2013 1:19 PM

    Unfortunately, Willie Meggs will most likely follow thru with charges because Winston is not one of his buddies like the former Sheriff of Wakulla County who committed a felony and charges were never brought.

    Yes I agree their is a victim who should be protected but, I also agree that Winston’s rights should be protected as well. He is innocent until proven guilty.

    The so called victim told FSU Police that she did not know her attacker and described a completely different person and according to the original police report the attacker was not named. The Tallahassee PD is who named Winston.

    Perhaps the media needs to start digging into why this came about now and why was it closed and now reopened? Something is not right!

  17. grudenthediva says: Nov 17, 2013 1:38 PM

    “Perhaps the media needs to start digging into why this came about now and why was it closed and now reopened? Something is not right!”

    That’s asking them to do real work, real journalism. Tabloid fodder and speculation is what sells. Easier to just accuse the kid of rape as opposed to actually reading the report and studying what, as of this moment, the facts truly are.

    My money is still on Urban. Maybe someone in the Manziel repeat camp, but it smells like Urban (a repeat of the Cam Newton transcript incident).

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:38 PM

    jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    And you know this how? He may very well be guilty but at this point it is just as likely he is not. Unless you have been privy to information that has not yet been released you don’t have a clue.
    —————–
    Because anyone with a brain and able to process information can read everything and realize that the MOST he could have been was a witness.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:39 PM

    grudenthediva says: Nov 17, 2013 1:38 PM

    “Perhaps the media needs to start digging into why this came about now and why was it closed and now reopened? Something is not right!”

    That’s asking them to do real work, real journalism. Tabloid fodder and speculation is what sells. Easier to just accuse the kid of rape as opposed to actually reading the report and studying what, as of this moment, the facts truly are.

    My money is still on Urban. Maybe someone in the Manziel repeat camp, but it smells like Urban (a repeat of the Cam Newton transcript incident).
    ——————–

    YES! I want to find out who set this into motion and planted this story. That’s both entertaining (to those of us actually interested in the truth and not for those simply hoping to smear Winston’s name and hoping that it is a distraction enough for FSU to lose) and would be some REAL journalism.

  20. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:41 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 not sure what your point is but anyone with a brain can read that I am saying innocent until proven guilty.

  21. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 I am not sure what your point is but anyone with a brain can understand that what I am saying is innocent until proven guilty.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:49 PM

    The point is there IS a clue. Read. Everything they have released shows you — if you have studied or practiced law, at the very least — that he was not the perpetrator. We DO know this.

  23. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    Way too much jackassery on this thread. Rape is not a joke, nor is it a club you use to bash a rival football team. I’m not an FSU fan and have absolutely no reason to defend Jameis Winston. But so far, not one shred of evidence has been presented to suggest this young man raped anyone. It’s easy to make accusations. Damnation requires proof.

    northstarnic, something tells me you have absolutely no interest in whether or not Winston actually assaulted someone. My guess is that you support an FSU rival and are just being a jerk. And madtownthrowdown, you’re an ignorant jerk. No rape occurred at Duke. Those Lacrosse players were the victims of a hoax, and the DA was disbarred for his role in that mess. All accusations are not equal, and sometimes where there’s smoke, it just means someone lit a cigarette.

  24. noffy32 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:00 PM

    WOW, the court of public opinion has already found this kid guilty but Obama lies to the whole world and he is a saint…Go figure

    I love how last night the female reporter kept repeating the ALLEGATIONS about Jameis. She had no other questions…typical ABC reporter.

  25. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 get a clue. My posts are saying that he deserves the benefit of the doubt. I personally hope that he is not guilty because I think he is good for college football and I am getting tired of the seedy side of sports in general. His attitude and athleticism are good for the game. I think we are on the same side of this one.

  26. thefiesty1 says: Nov 17, 2013 3:04 PM

    It finally comes out after FSU is highly ranked #2 and Winston is a front runner for the Heisman. Timing is highly suspicious. Probably just a money grab by “someone” trying to make him look bad.

  27. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 3:13 PM

    @noffy
    I’m sorry, how did Obama come into this conversation?

  28. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 3:17 PM

    @classyjacklambert I was wondering the same thing.

  29. noffy32 says: Nov 17, 2013 4:03 PM

    When the mainstream media gets involved in any situation they forget how to be a journalist and ask real and insightful questions. If you watched the “journalism” in last nights game you noticed how they wanted to push an agenda, repetitively.

    I guess you only saw that I said something about Obama. It’s a comparison. Get over it. Or are you still waiting online to sign up for healthcare?

  30. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 4:09 PM

    Um no… I just think this is a bad place to push your political agenda. And I’m not an Obama supporter so don’t try to bait me in with your rhetoric. This is a football talk website, if you don’t have something constructive about football to bring into the conversation, go somewhere else with your thinly veiled attempt at causing political a political argument here.

  31. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 4:42 PM

    Preach, classyjack, preach!!!!

  32. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 4:44 PM

    Was on Facebook discussing Black Friday shopping hours with friends when some idiot came on screeching about Obama and healthcare. There are political sites for that. Let people enjoy their football or whatever and STOP shoving politics down our throats at every turn!!!

  33. noffy32 says: Nov 17, 2013 5:26 PM

    And you jackasses are now discussing it even more. But I see you have to get the last word in.

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 5:42 PM

    “Mr. Wrong?”

    How long did it take for you to come up with that? And it’s not “wrong”, it’s you DISAGREE. Big difference.

  35. realfootballfan says: Nov 17, 2013 7:01 PM

    madtownthrowdown,

    Not to mention that the accuser of the Duke lacrosse team is in prison for murdering someone. There’s that. So I don’t know if I’d bring her up as my example of someone who got assaulted but the perpetrator got away since her actions in other situations tend to point to her being kind of crazy (child neglect, first degree arson, identity theft, and that other little thing, murder).

  36. realfootballfan says: Nov 17, 2013 7:14 PM

    grudenthediva,

    It’s exactly Urban Meyer. It’s nonsense. Winston isn’t even the subject of the probe as someone who assaulted this young lady. He is a suspect. From being a black man who walked in those same places in Tallahassee more than 10 years ago, I know that if something goes down and people say a black man did it with no positive identification and sometimes even without that even being the the case, TPD will scrutinize you. Especially considering that he was a nobody when this incident happened, and the fact that they don’t tend to go easy on football players anyway unless a whole lot has changed since I was there, and I knew alot of football, baseball, and basketball players casually enough to know. This is not Gainesville people.

    Urban got wind of this from one of his Tallahassee friends, got one of his flunkies to float the story to the most gossip thirsty outlet in America to advance the ball in hopes that Winston would be rattled. Of course, he just came out yesterday and ball the f out instead. Why is this hard for anyone to believe? This whole thing reads much like the Cam Newton shocking story that just happened to surface as everyone was wondering what Meyer was thinking in kicking him off the team.

    Meyer is a scumbag who will do anything to win as evidenced by his thug ring at Florida. Instead of defending him Ohio State fans, you ought to wonder what he’s covering up for some of the thugs he’s brought into your community in Columbus.

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 7:15 PM

    Agreed fully, realfootballfan. FINALLY someone thinking.

  38. readjereme says: Nov 17, 2013 10:36 PM

    I’m still wondering how this got guarded to rape? Where is that word in any report?

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 10:39 PM

    readjereme says: Nov 17, 2013 10:36 PM

    I’m still wondering how this got guarded to rape? Where is that word in any report?
    —————–

    The same alarmists who I have wasted keystrokes responding to somehow read one thing and think something completely off the map.

  40. dad2ze says: Nov 17, 2013 10:55 PM

    Crystal Mangum who was in the Duke Lacrosse case also made accusations a few years before that when she worked at the Strip Club. Look at her now. Jameis doesn’t even fit the description…

  41. longborer69 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:26 AM

    “I’m sorry, how did Obama come into this conversation?”

    Godwin’s Law, 2013 version. “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a political comment for or against Obama approaches 1.”

  42. longborer69 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:30 AM

    @Deb
    “Preach, classyjack, preach!!!!”

    Now we know why you said elsewhere you were thinking about football in church, LOL. :)

  43. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    @longborer69 …
    :)

  44. guardianis says: Nov 19, 2013 11:37 AM

    Not everyone has all correct information. The victim was drinking on the alleged night it happened and the following morning the report was made to police, at which time she did not mention Jameis. Weeks later she named Jameis as the attacker.

    His lawyer sent the State Attorney two statements from witnesses that state Jameis was innocent. Speculation is that they saw the victim being sexually aggressive and coming on to Jameis. Jameis was told the case was dropped.

    Remember, he was not a superstar at this point, an unknown future player. Jimbo could have chosen him as second string QB and this wold have even be news worthy.

    Lastly, experts say it seems like a case of date rape, which is very hard to prosecute and rarely charges are brought. However, its suggested that Meggs might bring charges just to punish Jameis the only way possible and simply drop them later.

  45. dad2ze says: Nov 19, 2013 12:49 PM

    Meggs sounds like a douche bag for even letting this get to this point.I hope I never get arrested and have him as the DA.

  46. justsayin53 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:12 PM

    I hope Winston is not guilty for his sake and for the sake of College Football in general.

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