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Florida prosecutor: Football schedule won’t affect Winston investigation

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The prosecutor investigating Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for an alleged sexual assault said on Monday that he intends to be thorough in his process and will not let the football schedule or other time-sensitive matters like the Heisman Trophy vote dictate when his inquiry comes to a close.

The comments from State Attorney Willie Meggs appeared to come in response to those made by Winston’s attorney, Tim Jensen, last week. Jensen said he wanted Meggs to speed the process up since it could affect Florida State’s national title hopes and Winston’s Heisman candidacy.

Meggs dismissed those concerns.

“We’re not basing what we are doing on a football schedule or anyone else’s calendar,” Meggs said. “We’re moving as rapidly as we can.”

Good for Meggs. The idea that something as superfluous as a football game or a trophy should influence the timetable of a criminal investigation is preposterous and shows how out-of-whack priorities can be for some people.

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  1. BrownsTown says: Dec 2, 2013 10:28 PM

    Osu vs Auburn. Bring it on.

  2. jimmy53 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    Chris: you have no idea what you’re talking about, or who Willie Meggs is, or what his agenda is. This has dragged on for significantly longer than any other case like this would have and he is manipulating the ever-blind media every chance he gets.

    Before jumping at the “good for Meggs” crap perhaps you should do your research and look into the man’s record. This wreaks of an agenda from Meggs’ office through and through and he’s been known to do this for years—and you (the uninformed) just eat it up. The people who have lived in Tallahassee for the majority of their lives and have been made to deal with this man’s ways are shocked at how eager, blindly, and stupidly some of the media are simply swallowing up his crap. They don’t have the evidence or an arrest would have been made, and they are never played out in public (not even local media), and (once again) they never go on this long. So why do you think it has gone on this long? Who does it serve?

    Please do your homework before jumping on the bandwagon.

    Try googling:

    - Rep. Proctor challenges the Gov. to review Meggs’ racism record

    - OR the Travis Johnson case (an african american football player charged with an extreme lack of evidence)

    - OR quotes made by his office about holding football player to higher legal standards than other citizens.

  3. bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    Of course the delay has nothing to do with football.

    Its so the boosters have enough time to pay off the plaintiff…

  4. jimmy53 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    bigbuckeye76:

    Scared to play a real team??? I can’t wait to see the line on an FSU-OSU championship game.

    The great news in all of this–FSU could still beat OSU with it’s 3rd string QB.

  5. kcrobert10 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    Jimmy if the prosecutor is so bad why do u guys keep voting for him or is he state appointed. I’m not up to date on Florida law. Anyway I’ve tried to stay away from this thing because like most things like this it just stinks on all ends. True or not I don’t know and I doubt any of us will ever know for sure. He may or maynot get his day in court. As for the football field I don’t think fsu would of lossed without him. The acc isn’t exactly the hardest of conferences but way way better than the big 10. So I don’t think that his case should in anyway effect the teams run for a nc.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:00 PM

    Jimmy53 is back talking smack and probably glad Alabama lost. I think you are kidding yourself if you think you can switch qbs and keep on going. The NC game would be a bad matchup with OSU playing FSU minus JW. Not saying what he might be accused of is not bad, I am keeping him innocent until he is charged…which would mean he is out regardless.

    MSU very well mighy knock OSU out of contention and it could be FSU vs. AU.

  7. jimmy53 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:04 PM

    kcrobert10:

    Unfortunately, it is an elected official in a very “good ol’ boy” part of the country. I (obviously) voted for someone else. The good news is–he isn’t running again.–bad news is he’s grooming Georgia Cappleman (who has also been in the media lately–GO FIGURE)

    As for the difficulty of the ACC: The ACC has a NCAA record high 11 bowl eligible teams. Everyone keeps talking about Auburn beating the #1 team–if we’re going to use that mind-set then FSU has not only beaten–they’ve destroyed a top 5 team, a top 10 team,and two top 25 teams (and we play another this weekend). AND we’ve beaten them with our starting QB playing mostly only in the first half.

    Sounds convincing for me.

  8. jimmy53 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:09 PM

    sportsguy3434:

    “Jimmy53 is back talking smack and probably glad Alabama lost.”

    -Talking truth, sportsguy, talking truth :-)

    - A JW-less FSU team isn’t what I’d like to see in the NC game, but I believe they’d still beat OSU. FSU’s defense is possibly the best they’ve ever had (that is saying a lot), and FSU would rely on small dump passes and their stable of RB’s, which if you haven’t noticed–is stacked.

    - As for being happy UA lost—I got my masters at UA, and I would’ve loved for FSU to beat them in the NC game. It would’ve been one helluva game~

  9. kcrobert10 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:30 PM

    I know I know the acc and big 10 are just loaded with bowl eligible teams just like the big 12 was last yr to. I’m sorry ur team does pass the eye test but ur schedule isn’t that impressive. Florida st obviously isn’t to thrilled by there competition either cause they are and have been trying to get out of the acc. I know u will say its the money the conference brings in but u ever figure the sec gets so much money from espn and cbs cause just maybe they are the best conference.

  10. sillec28 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:36 PM

    FSU hasn’t beaten any top-five teams or any top 10 teams (BCS rankings). The highest ranked team they’ve beaten is #13 Clemson. They’ve beaten no other top-25 teams. So I’m not sure where Jimmy53 is getting his information. Maybe he’s using that old phony “well Podunk U was in the top whatever back in September when we played them.” Sorry Jimmy but that doesn’t work. Who cares where Miami, for example, was ranked when FSU beat them. Actual results since then have shown that Miami didn’t deserve whatever their ranking was back then.

  11. BrownsTown says: Dec 2, 2013 11:50 PM

    Bingo, sillec. You’ll find the same underwhelming track record when looking at Mizzou. Texas A&M…..LOL.

  12. 1990tiger says: Dec 2, 2013 11:51 PM

    We wouldn’t want him to rush things…..after all, the complaint against Winston was only filed a year ago………

  13. realfootballfan says: Dec 2, 2013 11:59 PM

    Think Jansen was more saying what everyone knows, there’s nothing here, and Meggs is just dragging this out like anyone familiar with his tired act could have told you would happen when this started.

  14. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 12:04 AM

    jimmy53,

    Willie Meggs, the renowned bigot and hater of the FSU football program, is going to find the magic evidence to put Winston behind bars with all his “thoroughness,” lol. I’m sure he would let someone who he even had a sense of being guilty behind bars already and continued his investigation. It did happen, oh, a year ago, so all of that fresh evidence he has to go over with a fine tooth comb will be fascinating to hear about, lol. Media people showing their amateur nature as usual though because his act isn’t hard to find if you barely look into it.

  15. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:08 AM

    Sillic thanks for saving us that time and looking up the rankings. That didn’t sound right.

    I will give the ACC props and say I THINK they might be the third best conference behind SEC and PAC. FSU has some pretty low SOS ratings though. I’m not sure that 11 bowl eligible teams is a bonus. It sounds more like the middle is average.

  16. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:08 AM

    And Jimmy now I know why you hate UA haha

  17. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 12:14 AM

    Why do you people come here shouting about who would beat who. If Ohio State wins next weekend, you’ll most likely get your shot. People aren’t voting FSU number 1 or saying they are great because of who they beat, that’s frankly silly. It’s based on who is at QB, and who is at RB, and who is at WR, and who is on defense, and who is at kicker, etc. for them. Jimbo Fisher has recruited top 5 talent at every position on this team since before he became the HC, that’s why they are number 1. Same way Ohio State was afforded that honor 7 years ago when they beat only a in hindsight decent but hardly special Michigan team on their schedule. It will be settled between the lines, and my guess is that FSU will show you Ohio State fans exactly why they are being voted number 1.

  18. sparky151 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:15 AM

    Winston is presumed innocent. There’s nothing wrong with an innocent person asking for a speedy conclusion to the investigation. The process is the punishment for innocent people and given the state attorney’s remarkable public comments, Winston may very well lose the Heisman because he’s under investigation then be found not to have done anything wrong.

  19. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 12:18 AM

    sparky151,

    It’s even more than that. He hasn’t been charged with anything. Right now, he simply had sex with a young woman who has serious holes in her story and credibility based on what people already have put out there on this situation.

  20. jhagman99 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:34 AM

    “Maybe he’s using that old phony “well Podunk U was in the top whatever back in September when we played them.” Sorry Jimmy but that doesn’t work. Who cares where Miami, for example, was ranked when FSU beat them. Actual results since then have shown that Miami didn’t deserve whatever their ranking was back then.

    You mean like OSU when they cite what Wisconsin was ranked weeks ago?

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:29 AM

    jimmy53 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    Chris: you have no idea what you’re talking about, or who Willie Meggs is, or what his agenda is. This has dragged on for significantly longer than any other case like this would have and he is manipulating the ever-blind media every chance he gets.

    Before jumping at the “good for Meggs” crap perhaps you should do your research and look into the man’s record. This wreaks of an agenda from Meggs’ office through and through and he’s been known to do this for years—and you (the uninformed) just eat it up. The people who have lived in Tallahassee for the majority of their lives and have been made to deal with this man’s ways are shocked at how eager, blindly, and stupidly some of the media are simply swallowing up his crap. They don’t have the evidence or an arrest would have been made, and they are never played out in public (not even local media), and (once again) they never go on this long. So why do you think it has gone on this long? Who does it serve?

    Please do your homework before jumping on the bandwagon.
    —————————

    People who live in Tallahassee, have no connection to the school, people who are FSU alumni and/or fans all know, but everyone else SWEARS it is a cover-up, when we have seen this man do this countless times. They think we’re just calling him on this nonsense because of a stake in the team. How the media and the dummies who believe everything they hear/read can’t see this for what it is just makes me wonder about their cognitive abilities.

    And the sanctimonious types who get on their high horse are using the wrong situation and forum for that. Aim that elsewhere, like the woman who was KILLED solely because she basically expressed that Alabama football didn’t run her life — AS A BAMA FAN. This situation with Winston, FSU and FSU fans is not misplaced priorities, it’s those closest to the situation seeing through Meggs’ tired and two decades-long antics and knowing that this would have been put to rest long ago if he had evidence to charge Winston AND if this had actually occurred (if it went down like she claims, which is becoming more and more apparent that it DIDN’T) during the spring or last winter. Guarantee this wouldn’t still be dragging on if the Heisman and BCS final polls weren’t coming up next week. In fact, that’s why this whole mess even became a story to begin with.

    So if you are saying these are misplaced priorities for FSU students/alumni/fans, you actually need to hop down and check your own selves by realizing that Meggs (and whoever “tipped off” his office to begin with) is only doing this BECAUSE of the effect it may have on Heisman and BCS voters, not because people want a resolution or have it swept under the rug for the sake of the team.

    And if you think for one minute that FSU fans are putting justice ahead of the team, we were giving Greg Reid and Greg Dent their just dues, and were ready to skin Peter Warrick alive had he not been allowed to play in the National Championship game for his foolishness.

    We aren’t Ohio State fans.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:31 AM

    bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    Of course the delay has nothing to do with football.

    Its so the boosters have enough time to pay off the plaintiff…
    —————-

    It amuses me how so many of you are on every one of these stories more than FSU fans are. Just further underlines how pathetic Ohio State fans have been outwardly hoping Winston is charged, because you need every lucky break possible to not get Clemsonned on national TV.

    And that’s IF you beat Sparty.

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:35 AM

    realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 12:14 AM

    Why do you people come here shouting about who would beat who. If Ohio State wins next weekend, you’ll most likely get your shot. People aren’t voting FSU number 1 or saying they are great because of who they beat, that’s frankly silly. It’s based on who is at QB, and who is at RB, and who is at WR, and who is on defense, and who is at kicker, etc. for them. Jimbo Fisher has recruited top 5 talent at every position on this team since before he became the HC, that’s why they are number 1. Same way Ohio State was afforded that honor 7 years ago when they beat only a in hindsight decent but hardly special Michigan team on their schedule. It will be settled between the lines, and my guess is that FSU will show you Ohio State fans exactly why they are being voted number 1.
    ——————

    Because Ohio State fans are myopic cretins who care only about being able to gloat about how “great” the Suckeyes are. They want everyone out of their way so that they can get into the game, and then they want everyone off the team they will play in the game, thus thereby (in their minds) making it easier for the Suckeyes to win. They’re on these stories quicker than those whose interests are closer to the situation than theirs, and it’s never to add anything substantive to the discussion but rather to dust off their contradictory SOS arguments and expressing their hope that Meggs charges Winston, because Winston being out gives them one half of a hope against a prayer of beating Florida State.

    Just makes you realize how pathetic those “people” are.

  24. lawyermalloy says: Dec 3, 2013 7:02 AM

    They really have no choice but to charge him. As with most sexual assault cases it’s her word against his and most prosecutors will let the jury speak as to which party is credible. How on earth can a prosecutor determine on his/her own who is credible?
    With that said, why would it take 3 weeks to make a decision?

  25. janessa31888 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:16 AM

    I am amazed at the blatant hatred for Ohio State. Its not their fault the Big ten is down. I think they would give FSU a pretty good game. I don’t say they would beat them, but I think they deserve a chance to try. And no, I am not a “myopic cretin” as the poster above calls us. I just want this to be settled on the field, instead of peoples minds.

  26. 700levelvet says: Dec 3, 2013 7:45 AM

    Somebody needs to get Mr. Wright a girlfriend or something.. Anything, plant a tree, read a book, change a tire .. Do something you insufferable troll…

  27. rascalmanny says: Dec 3, 2013 8:50 AM

    What a sham of justice. It takes this long to decide to charge or not? Anybody really think football doesn’t play a role in this?

    I call B.S. And if Winston is guilty, I hope the police are sued and people get fired.

  28. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    If Jamieis can make it in baseball, that is what he should do. More money, longer career, less chance of injury. This case is “he said / she said” but one thing is for certain: JAMEIS WINSTON DID HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN…..

  29. louforprethident says: Dec 3, 2013 10:18 AM

    “Good for Meggs. The idea that something as superfluous as a football game or a trophy should influence the timetable of a criminal investigation is preposterous and shows how out-of-whack priorities can be for some people.”

    While I agree that sports and athletes are given too much priority in our society, I don’t agree with this statement when you look at what really is at stake.

    There are approx. 15 million males between the age of 18-24 (2010 Census). Only 170 scholarship players (max) will be playing for the BCS Championship. That’s 0.001% of the eligible population. There will only be one Heisman Trophy winner, 0.00001%.

    I’d hardly call it just a football game and/or trophy. This is a lifelong dream for these guys and potential significant future income for speaking engagements and advertisements.

    This is a serious allegation not to be taken lightly, but there is no reason that the SA cannot put an emphasis on expediting the case without jeopardizing it.

    Just imagine living a year long with a pending sexual assault case against you with no end in sight. If you are guilty, enjoy the one more year of freedom, I suppose. If you are innocent, this would be the worst time in your life.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:40 PM

    700levelvet says: Dec 3, 2013 7:45 AM

    Somebody needs to get Mr. Wright a girlfriend or something.. Anything, plant a tree, read a book, change a tire .. Do something you insufferable troll…
    —————-

    I’m a troll? LMAO what a gash you are (and those who thumbed up that nonsense). And FYI, I have all that, and even changed my oil on Friday. What else ya got?

  31. boscoesworld says: Dec 3, 2013 4:02 PM

    Don’t let the fact that the alleged incident took place a year ago!!! I hope he is innocent but a year? Really? This just stinks of protecting the football program.

  32. fsu01 says: Dec 3, 2013 4:14 PM

    I think any logical level headed person would agree that simply based on what is known publicly there is no way that there is enough evidence to charge Jameis Winston; however, as a level-headed person I am willing to concede that what is known publicly is not all that is known to those behind the scenes.

  33. thraiderskin says: Dec 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    Mr. Wright, u are the biggest troll on this site… hands down.

    They better have something on this kid or this would have been a whole lot of waiting for nothing and completely unfair to Winston.

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:16 PM

    Trolls say things incessantly to get under peoples’ skin.

    You got the wrong one here, son. Speaking facts and steadfastly so is a completely different thing. You just don’t like/agree with what I say, but troll? Don’t flatter yourself.

  35. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 5:17 PM

    boscoesworld,

    Or it just stinks of a man with a quite extensive history (that you could easily look up if you really want to understand) of never showing the football program any kind of preferential treatment who is infamously racist taking his sweet time to drag this out, kind of like me and others who have lived in Tallahassee in the past or present told you this would go a couple of weeks ago when Meggs begin this odyssey.

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:24 PM

    thraiderskin says: Dec 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    Mr. Wright, u are the biggest troll on this site… hands down.
    ——————

    And you’re the biggest gash here. There is a difference between not agreeing with or liking facts being spoken, or opinion substantiated with evidence and being a troll. Learn the difference you unrepentant retard.

  37. joerevs300 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:42 PM

    I’m sorry, but come on.

    There is ZERO, ZERO chance any result will be released until AFTER the ACC Championship and the Heisman Trophy presentation. For obvious reasons.

    - It would kill the momentum this CFB season has gained, especially coming off one of the most exhilarating finishes to ANY game, let alone the stakes that were at hand for the Iron Bowl
    - It would throw Heisman Trophy voters into a bigger mess than they already are, you have legitimately 5-7 people that you could vote to win without Winston, but if they vote him to win and then he’s charged, it’s another black eye, albeit to an award few people actually care about IMHO.
    - Finally, and I’m sorry to go here, but many people have already judged the woman in this case as being a liar (or worse) and yet if something like a rape DID happen, it only personifies why women lie as silent victims, afraid to go forward against ANY man, but ESPECIALLY against successful athletes. While the man continues to play along as if nothing’s wrong whatsoever.
    (And well, the FSU “standard of conduct” is only slightly above the “U’s”, in that a player who is charged with a felony will be suspended except under “extreme circumstances”. Who wants to bet me that the first chance they’ve had to play for a National Title in 10 years would qualify as an “extreme” circumstance???)

    I can sum all this up in four words:
    Very sad.
    Very unfair.

  38. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2013 8:44 PM

    @jorevs300

    You have a lot of guts to post what you did and I respect you for that. I also agree with your conclusion: very sad and very unfair. Many college and pro athletes think they are teflon. Not so. See Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods. Mike did time and Tiger has sacrificed his marriage and millions of dollars in endorsements. Putting ones “Johnson” ahead of ones brain is no contest.

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