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Jameis Winston investigation over? Decision coming Thursday

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The investigation in to Jameis Winston and an alleged sexual assault may be over. According to The Tallahassee Democrat, an announcement on whether or not charges will be filed against Florida State’s quarterback may be revealed during an afternoon press conference on Thursday.

The state attorney’s office in Florida took over the case linking Winston to a sexual battery claim last month after local authorities failed to make any progress on the investigation. A DNA sample provided by the alleged victim was previously reported linking Winston to the woman making the claim without much room for doubt, although that is not enough alone to prove guilt.

Winston has remained an eligible player for Florida state throughout the recent investigation by the state attorney’s office. However, if charges are brought against Winston, it is likely he will be suspended quickly, making him unavailable for the ACC Championship Game this weekend against Duke. Charges being filed could also change the outlook for the Heisman Trophy this season, one that seems destined for Winston until anything changes that path. If Winston were to be ineligible for any amount of time, some may wonder how voters would look at Florida State as a potential BCS championship contender. Would a 13-0 Florida State without Winston still finish high enough in the BCS standings to advance to the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, they would, although that is far down on the list of priorities regarding such a serious case.

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  1. webbiam says: Dec 4, 2013 5:34 PM

    What a farce – just make the announcement already!

    A 2PM press conference announced a day early? I can’t imagine how bad it will look if they charge him. You thought he was a rapist and let him run around for an extra 24 hours?

  2. villain612 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:36 PM

    Regardless of your stance on this, this case has been handled in a highly irregular manner. Someone needs to be held accountable for this.

    If it ends up that he did it, I hope he gets the proper punishment. If he’s innocent, then its a shame that this has been hanging over his head for the past year. I’d just like the truth.

  3. manik56 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:40 PM

    Will it be aired live on ESPNU? Will the DA have two hats that say “Charged” and “Not Charged”? I hope he does a classic high school fake out here.

  4. jimmy53 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:40 PM

    What a #$%$ joke. This is such a “LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME” press stunt, and it’s so transparent it’s laughable. I blame the media (including some on here–whom I like) for eating up Meggs’ B.S. and treating his words like the news story du jour (see: Chris’ “way to go Meggs” article from yesterday”).

    That being said..if they were going to charge him they would have to do it between now and then and it would spoil Meggs’ wonderful circus.

    My guess: NO CHARGES.

  5. jimmy53 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:41 PM

    manik56:

    WELL DONE~

  6. halbert53 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    If they know enough (one way or another) to announce a press conference , they know enough to go ahead and announce without grandstanding.

  7. blacknole08 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:51 PM

    JUST ANNOUNCE IT ALREADY!!!

    Tired of this old man’s old ego. His act is OLD!

  8. plarkin88 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:51 PM

    FWIW, they arrested Hernandez, then they had the press conference. They had the press conference, then they tried to arrest (err chase) OJ.

    Ummm, he’s not getting charged folks.

  9. blacknole08 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:52 PM

    webbiam says: Dec 4, 2013 5:34 PM

    What a farce – just make the announcement already!

    A 2PM press conference announced a day early? I can’t imagine how bad it will look if they charge him. You thought he was a rapist and let him run around for an extra 24 hours?

    ——————————————–

    Exactly!!

  10. floridascuba1 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:54 PM

    Seeing how victim attorney as been absent. No charges against Winston is highly likely. Maybe even charges against said victim.

  11. thraiderskin says: Dec 4, 2013 5:55 PM

    Highly irregular doesn’t do it justice, this almost sounds like a signing day event… someone’s head should roll for this, no matter what comes of it.

  12. ezwriter69 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:03 PM

    Here’s the report: We’ve gone through the motions, we’ve made it look like we’re a real police department, now, Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!

  13. gfj7000 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:07 PM

    Meggs will just get just some national fame attention for boggling up this whole case. Come on – just let him go and let’s play the NC game.

  14. chinahand11 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    manik56 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 5:40 PM

    Will it be aired live on ESPNU? Will the DA have two hats that say “Charged” and “Not Charged”? I hope he does a classic high school fake out here.

    That is hysterical. Anyway, he will get off, they will not file charges. Otherwise he would be arrested. When do you tip off an alleged perp that he may be jailed the next day? Not to mention the time and place of the arrest.

  15. Deb says: Dec 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    Assume this is good news for Winston. Would hate to think they’ve decided there’s probable cause he committed this crime but will let him run around loose for another day until the press conference :roll:

    Hope they’ve at least had the decency to tell the kid he’s off the hook.

  16. sillec28 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:25 PM

    I’d be amazed if at this late date he’s charged with a felony. But if he is FSU will decide that the way this whole thing has been handled is an “extraordinary circumstance” and they’ll let him keep playing. FootballSchoolU has no shame when it comes to football. The school is an academic pit and football is its life-blood.

  17. afrancis55 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:32 PM

    Jameis Winston will not be charged and he will lead FSU against Auburn in the national championship

  18. jhagman99 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:33 PM

    “FootballSchoolU has no shame when it comes to football. The school is an academic pit and football is its life-blood.”

    Aww, is someone a little bitter that he failed out of USF? Please. This is the same school that cut Randy Moss for weed, something that almost guarantees you extra PT in Gainesville these days.

    The butthurt from the haters is going to be EPIC tomorrow afternoon.

  19. BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2013 6:38 PM

    manik56 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:40 PM

    Will it be aired live on ESPNU? Will the DA have two hats that say “Charged” and “Not Charged”? I hope he does a classic high school fake out here.

    I wish this site would lift the restriction on how many times you can like a comment (and thumbs down, for Deb and Mr. Wright).

  20. wvucolumbus says: Dec 4, 2013 6:41 PM

    An announcement of a pending decision/presser may indicate that Winston will NOT be charged. The Milledgeville DA scheduled a presser to explain the lack of credible evidence in Big Ben’s case, however, he used the platform to explain that it doesn’t mean that wrongdoing didn’t take place, etc.

    Therefore, a precedent has been set regarding the announcement of these sorts of cases and it’s quite possible that the DA, who by all accounts is a bit of an “over the top” prosecutor, is making the star QB sweat a bit.

    Having experience in this arena, I find it highly unlikely that the DA would schedule a press conference to announce an indictment. Most likely, charges would be revealed in a clean and quick manner.

  21. imaduffer says: Dec 4, 2013 6:41 PM

    As I gaze into my crystal football I see…….handcuffs?……. No,…… it’s keys to a brand spanking new SUV!

  22. wvucolumbus says: Dec 4, 2013 6:43 PM

    Has anyone else noticed the Ohio State fan angle to this story? Last week, they were feverishly placing guilt on Winston. This week? I find many who have flip-flopped because they know that it would result in an inevitable OSU-SEC national title game.

    And we all know they don’t want that.

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 6:54 PM

    At this point, if they were going to charge him it wouldn’t be in a press conference….

    This is such a farce and Willie Meggs is coming off as a attention whore here….

    It is good though they are doing this before the Heisman ballots are due though…

    As an outside observer, I hope they say that this was just consensual.

  24. therealtruth210 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    Just heard Winston talk for the first time can’t wait to get the results of his wonderlick test

  25. reallythinkhere says: Dec 4, 2013 7:04 PM

    While I think under normal circumstances they would arrest him before holding a press conference if the planned to press charges, it really does not mean all that much in this case.

    Does anybody honestly think the kid is a flight risk? A year after the investigation started and he has not run. Plus, half of the US or more knows who he is. In this case they have the luxury of waiting to arrest him tomorrow right at the time of the press conference if they want. He won’t be going anywhere before then.

    That being said, it is irresponsible to hold a press conference and not inform him and the general public what the decision is for a whole day. Even if they want a press conference to explain it they should have announced as soon as they decided. I am sure plenty of media would still show up tomorrow for the explanation of why they did/did not arrest him.

  26. BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2013 7:19 PM

    wvucolumbus,

    The plural of anecdote isn’t data. That you know three fans where you think this is the case isn’t a persuasive argument. Personally, I’d love for OSU to play Auburn or Mizzou or Bama (’cause they’ll somehow find a way).

  27. gatorfan1 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:27 PM

    Grand Jury

  28. frank booth says: Dec 4, 2013 7:29 PM

    BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2013 7:19 PM

    wvucolumbus,

    The plural of anecdote isn’t data. That you know three fans where you think this is the case isn’t a persuasive argument. Personally, I’d love for OSU to play Auburn or Mizzou or Bama (’cause they’ll somehow find a way).
    ==================================
    I think anyone would like to see Ohio State play a tough team this year.

    The only presently ranked team that they have beaten is #21 Wisconsin. So they have that going for them- which is nice

  29. 700levelvet says: Dec 4, 2013 7:32 PM

    Calling Dr. Howard,Dr .Wright, Dr. Howard…Please report to the comment section .

  30. thefiesty1 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    Decision to be announced at the Heisman Trophy presentation. Leaves NYC in hand cuffs holding the trophy.

  31. 4finns says: Dec 4, 2013 7:48 PM

    Frank, nice Caddyshack reference. Jameis had a relationship with victim, until victim found out his girlfriend was visiting and he was going to dump her. woman scorned, should charge her…

  32. gatorfan1 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:59 PM

    Everyone keeps assuming there was a relationship. I would assume TMZ and other news or celebrity gossip rags has people all over Tallahassee offering thousands of dollars for these supposed pictures of relationship.

    Most of these cases get solved by the media. If you recall it was the media who within a day proved one of the supposed Duke “rapists” was at his dorm during the attack and had a electronic time stamp on his access code to prove it.

    Nothing in this case has been found out by the media and you know big money is being offered TO anyone who can provide pictures, texts, or FB profile. This is odd, the media has been completely shut out of finding sources to speak. When was the last time that has happened in such a high profile case. Very strange.

  33. jmanballer4567 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:03 PM

    even though they decided to hold a press conference revealing the decision, if Winston was found guilty he would have been in a nice cozy cell tonight which you better believe media would have been all over that. More than likely, this is a press conference explaining that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him but upholding the fact that there could have been a crime committed. considering the outrage by meggs on the leaked interview about the two witnesses so called corroborating for the last 11 months about what they are going to tell investigators, i sense that that was a form of frustration and an indicator that he doesn’t have enough to indict.

  34. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:08 PM

    I don’t think he is a flight risk either. Everyone knows where to find him Saturday. I know he could run but not likely.

    Besides they wouldn’t need to schedule a press conference to announce an arrest. If they arrested him twitter would explode and sports web pages would melt and a million people would know in 10 seconds.

    I just hope Meggs doesn’t go Farve and call a presser just to say he’s not sure yet.

  35. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 4, 2013 8:08 PM

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–jameis-winston-sexual-assault-case-announcement-coming-thursday–says-state-attorney-232000221.html

    While they have no official knowledge of the decision, Tallahassee-area criminal defense attorneys with familiarity of how Meggs’ office works said the decision to schedule such an announcement is a sign they believe Winston will not be charged with a crime.

    “It sends a strong signal that Jameis Winston will not be charged and Mr. Meggs will use the press conference to explain the results of the thorough investigation that his office completed over the past few weeks,” Chuck Hobbs, a defense attorney who previously worked for Meggs in the state attorney’s office, told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday evening.

  36. jhagman99 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:12 PM

    “Nothing in this case has been found out by the media and you know big money is being offered TO anyone who can provide pictures, texts, or FB profile. This is odd, the media has been completely shut out of finding sources to speak. When was the last time that has happened in such a high profile case. Very strange.”

    Uh, those have been all over the internet for weeks. Twitter screencaps, photos, Facebook updates, blog entries. EK’s stuff has been all over the place.

  37. doggeatdogg says: Dec 4, 2013 8:32 PM

    villain612 says:

    Regardless of your stance on this, this case has been handled in a highly irregular manner. Someone needs to be held accountable for this.

    If it ends up that he did it, I hope he gets the proper punishment. If he’s innocent, then its a shame that this has been hanging over his head for the past year. I’d just like the truth.

    ——————-

    If your premise is that there are two sides, where are both arguments. You say “If it ends up that he did it, I hope he gets the proper punishment.” Why don’t you finish the thought
    Assuming a successful career, if he didn’t do it, this accusation will crop up when he is going into the Hall of Fame at age 50 and forward, not just the rest of the year.

    Here is the other side of the argument:

    But “if it ends up she falsely accused him, you would hope she ends up prosecuted for her crime.”

    Just seemed to me this point was incomplete. If men and women really want to take rape seriously, they need to do something about comprehensive education about rape for both sexes to include judicial repercussion for false accusations. I have the feeling this weekend the FSU and Duke players will agree on the last point.

  38. blacknole08 says: Dec 4, 2013 9:02 PM

    gatorfan1 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:27 PM

    Grand Jury

    ———————————————–

    I thought we executed you guys.

  39. provguard says: Dec 4, 2013 9:17 PM

    Florida, you have become a joke. First the Bush/Gore thing and then stretching this out knowing that it would effect the Heisman Trophy.

  40. jhagman99 says: Dec 4, 2013 9:29 PM

    “First the Bush/Gore thing and then stretching this out knowing that it would effect the Heisman Trophy.”

    Don’t forget Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman, the Marlins home run sculpture, and Rick Scott :)

  41. onlyoneleft says: Dec 4, 2013 9:34 PM

    ESPN and the SEC want him out of the picture. They have to have an SEC team in the National Championship game and will stop at nothing to get it.

  42. onlyoneleft says: Dec 4, 2013 9:37 PM

    “First the Bush/Gore thing and then stretching this out knowing that it would effect the Heisman Trophy.”

    Don’t forget Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman, the Marlins home run sculpture, and Rick Scot

    And those darn Floridians, still, cannot drive. You had best keep your distance as they can not distinguish their right from their left.

  43. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 4, 2013 9:40 PM

    The thing that is most sad about this is that one of the 2 is clearly a liar. Either Winston is a rapist or the girl lied. In a he said/she said case, not likely to be any charges. If he did, hope he faces far worse punishment and if she is making it up, same for her. That said, the investigation was handled horribly and the fact that he was a future star hindered the investigation.

  44. goodellsadouche says: Dec 4, 2013 9:58 PM

    In the College Football Douchebag Hall of Fame
    A) Penn State
    B) FSU
    C) Lane Kiffen

    He will be indicted

    Don’t worry, the Buckeyes will choke as well. So the world will be forced to endure another all SEC Championship. Alabama by 24

  45. jhagman99 says: Dec 4, 2013 10:04 PM

    And I am sure you and your ilk will be here front and center tomorrow afternoon when Meggs announces no charges will be filed, right?

  46. Deb says: Dec 4, 2013 10:17 PM

    @jhagman99 …

    Why were you knocking USF? That’s a good school.

  47. jhagman99 says: Dec 4, 2013 10:22 PM

    “Why were you knocking USF? That’s a good school.”

    Not so much the school as their fans. Good God, when it comes to FSU, UF, and UM, they have a massive inferiority complex.

  48. remarcer says: Dec 4, 2013 10:46 PM

    The State Attorney’s office is the local authority. Your implication is very misleading, but sounds more dramatic.

  49. bfree2k says: Dec 5, 2013 12:11 AM

    sillic28 asserts that if Winston is charged, FSU will find a way to keep him on the field. As an FSU fan…I agree with you on this statement. However, here’s where I get indignant with you. Unless you’re a fan of BYU, STFU because every other school whose football program competes at the FBS level and whose team was in the same situation would do the same exact thing.

  50. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 12:15 AM

    The rest of you are getting to see the media whoring, racist piece of garbage, Willie Meggs, in all his glory that us who have lived in Tallahassee tried to warn you from the start about. He probably wet his pants when he got this “case” because he’s retiring next year. It’s his last chance to be courted by the media ( and on a national stage at that) after years of no one caring and overlooking some of his other local scandals. We might even get a lecture from him tomorrow as this clown is prone to do (see the Travis Johnson acquittal for a display of this silliness).

  51. willow1966 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:44 AM

    These charges are going to rock the sports world foundation to its rotten little core. DNA immediately after the fact. He will be charged Thurs. but not found guilty in 2014 trial.

  52. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 1:53 AM

    willow1966,

    Probably why Jansen and Winston are having a press conference immediately following this farce from Meggs. Whoever ignited this “investigation” that this young lady apparently wanted to go away after her story initially began falling apart need to be put behind bars for 90 days. If people are punished for reporting false crimes (see that Wisconsin nut a few years back who tried to make her boyfriend jealous), this writer (Mat whatever his last name is) who pitched this thing to TM sleaze, the lawyer aunt (both who happen to be Gator boosters btw), and whoever else is involved need to be prosecuted. Fines at the very least are in order for wasting the taxpayers money on this.

  53. peymax1693 says: Dec 5, 2013 8:32 AM

    If it turns out Winston was the victim of a false allegation made out of spite, his (fraudulent?) accuser and her handlers will have harmed those true victim’s of rape who deserve justice for what happened to them.

  54. broncoway33 says: Dec 5, 2013 8:49 AM

    Well, if there was a warrant for his arrest, (there would need to be) the press would already know about it, since that is public information. Since there is nothing like that being reported by the press, I am assuming there is no warrant for the arrest.

    Those assuming the Tallahassee police tried to intimidate the accuser should also consider that was put out by the assuser’s lawyer (her aunt.) Now, consider that a detective gave the person a big picture in going through with the accusation. He let her know all of the things that will be associated with the process. Not only is there nothing wrong with that, but it is very good that the police would do that. Cause there are a lot of ramifications associated with these accusations, especially with an athlete. The aunt (accuser lawyer) obviously leaked things in order to garner public support and it worked. Cause the way that was reported by the press (typical of the press) was precisely how she wanted it.

    Anyway, there are more than enough rumors indicating that this was not a rape. If there is apress conference, and no bench warrant for an arrest being reported, then he is going to be cleared.

  55. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    bronco, you’re spot on. A couple weeks back people tried to explain this but a lot of the morons (cough, swamp rats, cough) just couldn’t wrap their lizard brains around it. They ate right out of Patricia Carroll’s hands and look completely ridiculous right now.

  56. sillec28 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:49 AM

    Tallahassee citizens must feel real good about their PD and their SA. Their PD is inept and they have a drama queen for a SA. Come on Willie, nobody thinks you’re calling a presser to announce that Winston is being charged. If he was going to be charged he would have been booked before now. Obviously you’re going to announce that he’s not being charged. Too bad about the victim but hey, FSU has a NC to win and nothing in Tallahassee is going to get in their way, certainly not just a little rape.

  57. broncoway33 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:54 AM

    “Too bad about the victim but hey, FSU has a NC to win and nothing in Tallahassee is going to get in their way, certainly not just a little rape.”

    You have proof of this rape?

    Oh….thought not.

    Every day it amazes me how ignorant people are about the law. Also, it amazes me how many people are nothing but know it alls. The worst types of ignorance. They are the people that always think they are smarter than everyone, and in fact they are less smarter than everyone.

  58. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:54 AM

    It must be so easy to just go with the whole “they are winning in football so it’s automatically a coverup” card. It’s like Occam’s Razor for dumbasses.

  59. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    sillec28

    How disappointed you must be that he’s not guilty…why so much lust to benefit from an alleged crime? And please as if you really care about the alleged victim or even if a crime was ever committed. You only want to benefit from Winston not being able to play or not win the Heisman…If you really are that self-righteous, sanctimonious, casting the first stone and all shouldn’t you be blogging over at the 700 Club, PTL Club…#hypocrite

  60. yourwickedsurprise says: Dec 5, 2013 10:14 AM

    Even if he doesn’t get any charges pressed, I would disagree with that assessment. The medical results showed the victim submitted a rape test. The test could have concluded that there was signs of a physical struggle, or such abuse occurred. I’ll never be able to get past that this was a fair investigation. These DA’s could have been slipped a couple hundred thousand dollars from a Florida Business man which is probably twice their salary in a year. I honestly think there is enough evidence to at least press charges. Let the court decide it.

  61. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:24 AM

    “The medical results showed the victim submitted a rape test. The test could have concluded that there was signs of a physical struggle, or such abuse occurred. ”

    Could have, but didn’t. The people who thought the DNA match or that the fact she submitted a rape kit test were smoking guns weren’t correct at all – those, in and of themselves, aren’t conclusive. You don’t just say “screw it, charge him and let the courts decide” if the evidence and totality of the circumstances aren’t there. That isn’t how the system works. Why is it harder for people to understand this and so easy for them to just assume that everything was handled in a corrupt manner?

  62. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    @yourwickedsurprise

    Yo Marcia Clark 2.0

    “The medical results showed the victim submitted a rape test.”

    What medical results?

    The leaked DNA?

    The released toxicology that showed she wasn’t drunk?

    What are you talking about?

  63. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    From the unredacted police report…

    “According to the report, the complainant twice described the male as black, with a dark complexion, and hair that needed to be cut. However, the report indicates that she first described the suspect as being 6’2, but less than 24 hours later, claimed that he was 5’9 to 5’11. On January 11, the report indicates that the complainant identified Jameis Winston, who more closely resembles the first description than the second (Winston is 6’4).

    The report says that she first described the male who witnessed the sexual encounter in relation to the suspect as being “not as big and having dreads.” But in the second interview, the report says that she says the male was “bigger, but not taller” than the suspect.

    The complainant maintains in both stories that she had five “vodka drinks.” In one version, the complainant mentions taking shots, but that she was told about taking the shots, and does not remember taking them. However, the detective interviewing the complainant noted in the report that the complainant “appeared to be very tired, but not intoxicated.” The complainant’s family later claimed that the detective told the family that the complainant’s blood work results showed that she was not intoxicated, a laboratory finding consistent with the detective’s observation.

    The end of the police report says that the case is being suspended due to a lack of cooperation from the victim — a claim that the victim’s family disputed in a statement, but that if the victim decides to press charges, the case will be pursued.

    Given the potential credibility issues presented by the contradicting stories given to police, and the lack of evidence of intoxication or so called “date rape” drugs in the complainant’s system to perhaps explain the inconsistencies, the complainant’s credibility could be an issue.”

    But hey, media, you keep pushing that “botched investigation” and coverup angle. You’re doing a GREAT job!!

    And sources indicate those issues, along with a lack of overall evidence, are compelling.”

  64. romer318 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:10 PM

    The entire case was handled wrong from the start, no way charges will be filed today.

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