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Jameis Winston, accuser’s family release statements

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After Jameis Winston was not charged with sexual assault, the Florida State quarterback and his accuser’s family both released statements on Willie Meggs’ decision.

The statement from the accuser’s family:

“The victim and her family appreciate the State Attorney’s efforts in attempting to conduct a proper investigation after an inordinate delay by the Tallahassee Police Department.

“The victim in this case had the courage to immediately report her rape to the police and she relied upon them to seek justice.

“The victim has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye and through social media, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward and reporting.”

The statement from Jameis Winston:

“I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for standing by me during a difficult time. I also want to thank the State’s Attorney’s office for examining all the facts and reaching a decision in a conclusive manner. It’s been difficult to stay silent through this process, but I never lost faith in the truth and in who I am. I’m very relieved I’ll be able to continue my education at Florida State and I’m excited I can now get back to helping our team achieve its goals.”

Florida State president Dr. Eric Barron and football coach Jimbo Fisher also released statements, which you can read at the bottom of this point.

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59 Responses to “Jameis Winston, accuser’s family release statements”
  1. gward90 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:15 PM

    No means No

  2. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    She isn’t a victim. She’s a disgrace to women who are assaulted. Also, I’m glad they’re giving Meggs props for coming to the exact same conclusion TPD came to. Good job.

  3. bloodisred says: Dec 5, 2013 4:27 PM

    gward90 — read the report then get back to us.

  4. sw19womble says: Dec 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    If a woman is that drunk, then she isn’t capable of giving consent.

    Not taking any sides in this case, but – sorry to break it to the testosterone-filled comments section – it might be something you guys should bear in mind for the future.

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 4:36 PM


    Yep, blood alcohol levels consistent with a glass of wine for the average woman leads to blackouts and severe impairment. SMH.

  6. seanb20124 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:43 PM

    Sounds like a bit of being ashamed other footballers walked in on them

  7. sw19womble says: Dec 5, 2013 4:45 PM


    nice dissemble.
    extra points for patronising use of the SMH.

    good luck out there, you’re going to need it.

  8. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 4:54 PM


    Hardly patronizing you. I would hope you weren’t that ignorant.

  9. jtinnon2009 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:54 PM

    No female should EVER accuse a male of sexual assault unless she has a video of the incident and about 30 witnesses of her being violated because she win NEVER win the case. My advice, if you live in places like the Panhandle of Florida, just forget about it and move on in life.

  10. jtinnon2009 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    *will never

  11. guinsrule says: Dec 5, 2013 5:01 PM

    The accuser was reportedly 19 and pounding shots in a bar…I believe that’s illegal.

  12. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    @sw19womble …

    According to the tox report, her BAC was .04. What are you talking about?

    And please explain this to me: A woman chooses to to go out and drink multiple shots with her friends. She chooses to get friendly–real friendly–with men she doesn’t know, to kiss, cuddle, talk suggestively, run her hands all over them, etc., etc. She chooses to leave with them and go to a secondary location where the friskiness continues and ultimately leads to sex acts in which–for most of the encounter–she is a willing participant.

    How is anyone involved in that supposed to know she is “unable” to consent?

    I’m a rape survivor and tired of seeing women who refuse to take responsibility for their bad behavior lumped in with victims of violence. Would a woman hand her purse to a group of strange men and assume they’ll return her wallet untouched? Then why would she get plowed and hand her body to a group of strange men and assume they’ll all figure out she hasn’t really consented?

  13. psly2124 says: Dec 5, 2013 5:06 PM

    Of Winston were white and the victim was black. The fsu football program would have been given the death penalty. See duke.

  14. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    psly2124 ,

    Hi inferiority complex white guy. How do you know the color of the victim? Please tell? Unless you went looking for who she is, there are rape shield laws to protect her identity. Hmmmm?

    Seems like somebody has some other issues that they need to work out on their own before they participate with the grown up group.

  15. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 5:22 PM

    Everything you’d ever want to know about the victim has been plastered on many FSU blogs.

  16. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 5:27 PM


    And I’m an FSU graduate, and I’ve never seen her face. So there’s that. Like I said, you need to be looking if you want to see her.

    Until some of you started talking about her race and stuff on Twitter, I assumed she was a black girl. But hey, like I said, I know you people are so worried about the accuser.

  17. sw19womble says: Dec 5, 2013 5:40 PM

    deb/realfootball fan

    Which was it, in this case? .04 blood or “pounding shots”?

    You can’t have it both ways.

    FTR the DA came to the correct conclusion in this case. Not enough evidence and the trail has long since gone cold (who’s fault that was is a secondary issue). It’s clear that Winston engaged in sexual contact with the alleged victim…the rest is – and will remain – conjecture.

    Also, to be clear, I was talking generally in my comments above about lessons to take away from this unfortunate case.. If that wasn’t clear then that’s my error. Everything else is people spoiling for a fight about this particular case.

    Obviously this isn’t the place for sensible discourse, so… back to the football I suppose.

    Peace out.

  18. jimbo75025 says: Dec 5, 2013 5:41 PM

    realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 5:27 PM


    And I’m an FSU graduate, and I’ve never seen her face. So there’s that. Like I said, you need to be looking if you want to see her.

    Until some of you started talking about her race and stuff on Twitter, I assumed she was a black girl. But hey, like I said, I know you people are so worried about the accuser.
    Dude, I hate to break it to you, but the girl was a white sorority girl. If you join a group called the FSUCleatChasers that brags about chasing, bagging and tagging FSU athletes then sorry your credibility in any case such as this is going to be suspect. Face it, if something untoward happened, then I am sorry for the young “lady”, but perhaps she (as well as Winston) learn a valuable lesson from this and both make better life decisions.

    While I may be an “ignorant” SEC homer which is at best neutral to FSU, I do seem to have a little something called common sense which is severely lacking these days.

  19. rn1997 says: Dec 5, 2013 5:45 PM

    Well in the end the real tragedy is if there REALLY was a sexual assault that took place. Just because there wasn’t enough evidence or the attorney general’s office thought they couldn’t prove the case in court DOESN’T mean that it didn’t happen. I hope to God he really is a good kid because he is extremely talented & has a bright future……..

  20. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 5:48 PM

    Her face and name has made all the rounds. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.

  21. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 5:50 PM

    sw19womble says:

    deb/realfootball fan

    Which was it, in this case? .04 blood or “pounding shots”?

    I’m not an FSU fan and haven’t read/heard anything on this case other than what’s been posted on CFT or discussed on “Outside the Lines.”

    My comment about the BAC and the multiple shots came from this article:

    The authorities reported that her BAC was .04 at the time she was tested–which was later that night. And in her statement, she said she’d done several shots with her friends. At .04, she’d have only have been buzzed, but she could have metabolized a lot of the alcohol by the time she was tested. She had no drugs in her system, so if she had the level of memory impairment she described, it’s because she decided to go to that bar and have a bunch of shots.

  22. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 5:50 PM


    I know that now, but just saying that if I didn’t hear it from commenters on twitter, I wouldn’t have known because the reason the rape shield laws are there is to protect her identity. I get why some FSU fans would be digging up her information, even though I don’t agree with that either, but just curious to why fans of various other teams would have just stumbled into all of that info without looking if I as a graduate and follower of the athletic programs at my alma mater didn’t come across it without purposely going and looking for it.

    That’s what I meant. Why would you even know what race she is unless you were digging for that info and have some kind of agenda?

    Like was it important to know what color she was for this jackass who made that profound racial tinged statement to confirm what color she was before he got on his fake soapbox.

  23. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 5:53 PM

    jimbo75025 says:

    If you join a group called the FSUCleatChasers that brags about chasing, bagging and tagging FSU athletes then sorry your credibility in any case such as this is going to be suspect.

    What? Okay, since I’ve only been following this on CFT, I don’t know about this CleatChasers thing. Is it verified that there’s such a group and the accuser belongs to it?????

  24. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 5:53 PM

    Everyone in Facebook sports groups saw her info. No need to dig.

  25. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 5:54 PM

    Deb it’s a term for football groupies

  26. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 6:03 PM


    I have a Facebook page, I still didn’t see it. Maybe like I said, if you weren’t gossiping and stuff or digging for something that didn’t concern you, that never would have come up. You should tell me how I didn’t see it, I’m an FSU graduate connected enough to have been informed of alot of this gutter stuff revealed before the conclusion this afternoon, but everyone else who should have no reason to want to reveal a person’s identity who has laws to protect them would be eager enough to pass it around? I saw links to it on Twitter, but I guess not invading this girl’s privacy made more sense to me than you objective fans of all these other teams.

  27. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 6:07 PM


    It’s apparently her, but no one went into all that in the report. It really had no relation to the case because whether she’s an athletic groupie or anything like that has nothing to do with why charges weren’t brought. It’s one of the reasons I wish alot of people would have never looked at any of that stuff from her info, pictures, Twitter, etc. It biases your opinion on things and you might have inaccurate information that you swear is true.

  28. psly2124 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:12 PM


    Quit playing the victim. Every single person on this board knows that your race peddlers al and Jesse would have been in Tallahassee if the roles were reversed. It’s just that blacks commit crimes upon whites 20x more then white in black. Don’t let facts get into the way. This is a classic case of blacks can do no wrong in this society. Even though they commit 60% of violent crimes. But yet are 8% of the population.

  29. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 6:19 PM


    Shut up and quit acting ignorant. No one else brought race up in this case because it has absolutely nothing to do with it. Idiots like you are why this country can’t bury that nonsense once and for all. Her race wasn’t a factor in any of it because her identity is an underground thing, meaning it’s not being reported in the media, which, listen closely genius, means it’s not a factor.

    But, hey, knock yourself out with “the world is against the white man” conspiracies” to help you get through the day. It sounds just as stupid as the “man is holding me down” black people who run that nonsense on the other end of the spectrum.

  30. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 6:37 PM

    Real fan, let me draw you a picture. I belong to several different college football Facebook pages where all things college football is discussed. These are private groups and do not show on your newsfeed.

  31. psly2124 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:41 PM


    Your the only one who is ignorant. Race isn’t a factor when the victim is white in your opinion. Like I’ve stated before if the roles were reversed it would have been a media firestorm. And the white athlete would have been crucified. Example, duke lacrosse.

  32. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    @be4bama …

    So it’s just a slang term for groupies, not a real club? Well, how do they know she’s a groupie?

  33. onlyoneleft says: Dec 5, 2013 7:08 PM

    It sounds like something between a cheap ho and a
    sorry ho hopper.. I would want to avoid both.

  34. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 7:18 PM

    Deb, yes on your first question. I have no idea on your second one.

  35. jimbo75025 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:42 PM

    Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    @be4bama …

    So it’s just a slang term for groupies, not a real club? Well, how do they know she’s a groupie?
    Actually, it was a twitter group or distribution list with her as a member. This all came out about two weeks ago and the group was quickly removed.

    So you are saying that the circumstances and prior actions of an “victim” should never be considered? For instance if a friend of yours who was known to stretch the truth a bit came to you and said the sky was falling, would you duck?

  36. mrtreyseven says: Dec 5, 2013 7:45 PM


    thats a profound statement to make about race…..we blacks commit crimes 20x more really whats your premise behind it besides being a racist bigot…its funny you make that statement w/o taking into account the cases that happen against blacks that go unreported or no charges were made ever think the reason jesse and Al show up because an actual injustice happened and to avoid problems such as Emmit Till,Trayvon Martin, and many other horror stories people of my race have faced…race should not matter in crime but media ding riders such as yourself have to put race on everything…..idiots like you prolly believe its more black males in prison than in college, still lock your door when a black guy walks by, perfect example of why racism will never end, because stupid bigots such as yourself are allowed to breed, and spew your idiotic methods to your offspring……step into the new century you think black people want to be a welfare statistic we actually have options now because of people like al and jesse using their platform taking a stand for injustice for black people, i know this may come as a shock to you i know black people are Neanderthals and only no how to commit crimes but outside your little bubble the rest of the world is progressing you will 2 eventually no choice but 2

  37. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 7:48 PM

    @jimbo75025 …

    That’s a whole different situation. You mean this woman actually attached her name to an “I want to nail an FSU football player” Twitter group? That may trump a DTF pin.

  38. doggeatdogg says: Dec 5, 2013 8:31 PM

    “The victim has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye and through social media, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward and reporting.”

    It’s unfortunate that men and women are not taught that rape is serious trouble and if you rape or falsely accuse, there are consequences. I would hope a civil lawsuit is filed (by him and her) in fairness to justice.

    This news conference clarified nothing. In the end, the mismanagement of this case and unanswered questions provide no closure for either individual.

  39. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 5, 2013 8:38 PM

    The truth is, we will never know what happened. Either is a possibility and one of the 2 involved is lying. Whichever one that is….i hope they rot. Deb is right, if she is making a false rape claim, it hurts all the legitimate cases. If she was raped, and Winston got away with it, likely to happen again. Evidence…there was not enough to substantiate rape…does not mean it did or did not happen- means there was no evidence. Both have probably been impacted negatively and one of the 2 is innocent. For all saying she was wrong because she had the height wrong….no, that really is easy to mistake, and the DNA confirms it was Winston. What the DNA can not confirm is whether it was consensual or not. Sad case all the way around.

  40. jimbo75025 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:22 PM

    Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 7:48 PM
    @jimbo75025 …

    That’s a whole different situation. You mean this woman actually attached her name to an “I want to nail an FSU football player” Twitter group? That may trump a DTF pin.
    Deb-that is my understanding of the backstory here and probably comprises at least part of the reason why no charges were filed. The story goes on that basically her and Winston did a random hookup, Winstons gf was supposedly coming into town later that night so he tried to make his exit and that is where the drama began

    While I sympathize with anyone (male or female) who has been a true victim of any type of abuse, I kept an open mind about it until those little nuggets became public. If anything, a lack of apparent maturity on both her part as well as Winstons becomes a large part of the story.

  41. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 10:13 PM

    Don’t mean to sound so unsympathetic, but among the victims I’ve dealt with personally are many who were brutally raped as children and one who was attacked in her 80s. I’ve dealt with women who were drugged, assaulted at gunpoint, and raped by multiple assailants.

    So it’s difficult for me to handle stories about gals who went out on the town, drank themselves into oblivion, partied hearty with a group of guys, climbed all over them, went back to their place, performed various consensual sex acts, then somehow determined later they were raped. It’s as though people have lost sight of what assault is all about.

  42. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 5, 2013 10:32 PM

    Deb, first let me say that i am very sorry for your own personal experience in this. I admire that you have become an advocate and defender of women who are raped. I understand the difference between a brutal, violent act, and one that starts out with partying and then gets out of hand. That said, it does not mean there are not rapes that start out as partying ( don’t think you were saying otherwise), but young women really do need to think about NOT putting themselves into these situations. There is no excuse for not accepting a no, even while partying, but why put yourself in that position?

  43. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    @crazy …

    Thank you. And of course, no means no. A woman can innocently go to a party and be violently assaulted. Or as in recent news cases, women or young girls may be fed alcohol, pass out, then be assaulted while they are completely incapacitated and not willing participants. That is rape. Just because a woman is flirtatious, just because they exchange kisses or a few gropes does not mean she’s inviting sex. When she says no, that’s the end of it. When she passes out, that’s the end of it.

    My problem is with women who choose to drink to excess, who volutarily become sexually involved, then decide at some later point after sex that they were too drunk to give informed consent. If a driver gets drunk and gets behind a wheel and kills someone, we don’t accept the excuse that the alcohol kept the driver being responsible. We recognize that the driver made an informed consent to drink and we call that vehicular homicide. If you are actively involved in a sex act–drunk or sober–you cannot expect the other party to assume you aren’t consenting. You have to take responsibility for what happens when you’re drinking.

  44. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 11:38 PM


    No, saying that it wasn’t considered in this case. There is no mention of any of this in this report. Also, it wouldn’t preclude the woman from being raped if she was a groupie. That’s like saying someone who went backstage to a concert to meet her favorite rock star couldn’t be raped because she’s a groupie, or a girl couldn’t be raped by a famous director (Roman Pulanski) because she was a star struck teen.

    The problem for this young woman is that her story is thin, from the recollection of drinking heavily to the point of blackout although she barely had alcohol in her system, the evasiveness about her having multiple sex partners that night, multiple people (including one of them being a female acquaintance she knows) giving sworn testimony that she participated in oral sex on Winston in front of everyone there and was stripping, etc.

    The Social Media aspect frankly was just stuff people put out that painted her in a bad light, and I applaud Jansen for refraining when it would have been easy to take that scorched earth approach of destroying the accuser’s credibility instead of trusting in the process. It’s kind of what the aunt lawyer and the sleazy volleyball journalist did by leaking the DNA report to intimate Winston’s guilt as if he was denying ever having sex with this girl, when it’s clear that he and his lawyer remained silent throughout this process unless directly challenged by such reports.

  45. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 11:47 PM


    This is what I meant by I wish everyone would not have been digging into all that superfluous stuff like the girlfriend coming to town story angle. That’s not true as the girl and Winston basically had a one night stand that night, no previous involvement. But if you went into the process with that in your mind that she was a groupie, it would cloud your judgement of just considering the facts here, which is that her story is flimsy and by any angle you look at it, looked more like a person with regrets afterward more than anything. When Meggs said early in his press conference “her story was moving around quite a bit and that she couldn’t remember a lot of stuff” from a blood alcohol level of .04 after lab workers determined at its height it might have barely been over the legal limit, that should let you know she’s the one with the credibility issues. The witness stories didn’t change from early in the year when TPD questioned them. Winston’s saving grace quite frankly is that there were several people around to witness this girl’s contradictory behavior and stated as much months ago.

  46. donchacho says: Dec 6, 2013 12:35 AM

    This whole situation is crazy and weird. Cases aren’t handled like this. I don’t know what to believe. But I do hate situations with a pissed off female, they never end well. If I was an athlete id record every sexual interaction

  47. realfootballfan says: Dec 6, 2013 1:11 AM


    It sounds like a good idea, but it’s pretty implausible. This could happen to anyone and does. Why I was so upset by how this played out is that I know people personally who aren’t famous, aren’t football stars, etc. who have been in the exact same situation, and sometimes they’ve ended up on the wrong end of such flimsy allegations, fighting for their freedom. You have people here saying basically, guilty til proven innocent, having casual sex with people is a crime, all kinds of crazy stuff that makes me want to even more wrap my own children in saran wrap and fear for them in this world.

    If you just look at the facts of this case, it is sad that “media” outlets chose to run with this one so heartily and carefree.

  48. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 6, 2013 3:20 AM

    Agreed, Deb…100 percent.

  49. psly2124 says: Dec 6, 2013 6:39 AM


    You may have posted the worst response I’ve ever read on race. Al and Jessie go where there are injustices like Trayvon Martin. There was no injustice in that event. They went there for one reason. Exposure. Exposure to exploit your so called innocent if all crimes community for money. They steal and sell out your community on a daily basis. Every time there is a alleged white on black crime they are there in full force. Ignoring the evidence. Duke lacrosse, tawana Brawley and Trayvon Martin. All three cases lacked evidence and they exploited the media and brainwashed the ignorant folk into saying there were injustices. All you have to do is look at the department of justices crime statistics over the last 50 years. They are public information and disclosure crime statistics based on race. Then you say “unreported crimes”. I call b.s. the only unreported crimes are not reported by whites. Read the book white girl bleed a lot”. The author is Colin flaherty. Check mate son

  50. mrtreyseven says: Dec 6, 2013 7:20 AM


    how do you draw attention to an injustice that is possibly fixing to take place without exposure….look at this case womens rights group, rape victims alike went head first to put Jameis under a cell…People show support of George Zimmerman gun rights groups non sense by paying his legal fees because his rights were invade everybody uses a partical situation for their benefit whether the intent is good you and i cannot judge…Please tell me how you can judge someones intent, because you are a freakin mind reader if that was the case….did it ever occur to you that we are dropping that stigma and actually might be innocent in alot of those unreported cases you brought up… conceptualize that only white women dont report cases because the violence was created by blacks is a far stretch considering many rape cases go unreported white or black, so if they go unreported what how can you break it down into demographics….and if they say a black man did it how many can prove it…..dont try to insult my intelligence dude i know a little more than i thank you do…..Its funny how you pick a choose to skate around the racist comments you blasted w/o any concrete evidence…stop living in the 50’s the south has not risen yet

  51. tywebb76 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:01 AM

    There is something that I see being lost in all the comments. That is that DA only stated that they could not seek an indictment. He did not make anyone guilty or innocent. He simply stated that they do not have the necessary evidence to make the case. there is a big difference

    Its unfortunate that this situation occurred. In reading the report, it looks like many mistakes were made by all sides; the accused, the accusor, the campus police and the city police. Even those who were at the party and watched it all happen. In this case, we will never know the truth.

    For those who wish to point fingers at the Accused and say that he got off because he is a football star. He may have, and if its true, its a sad state. Statistics show that people who commit acts of sexual battery and get away with them eventually commit such acts again. If he does, he would hopefully see consequences for his actions in that case. While this will potentailly lead to other victims (which would be a terrible thing), it could also lead to justice on some level for the current accusor. If he really didn’t do it, its time to move on so that he can continue his “career” as a college athlete.

    For those who want to say the accusor is a “gold digger” or a “fame whore”, until she chooses to make her identity public or profit from this situation, this is an inaccurate portrayal.

    For the Tallahassee PD, I hope this puts a microscope on their dealings as it pertains to FSU Athletes going forward. If what the accusor says is true, all officers involved should be receiving some significant penalties for their actions toward her.

  52. gward90 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:34 AM

    Uh my “no means no” statement was general sorry for that. But in all seriousness as men young or old you should have enough sense to know that sleeping with a women who is highly intoxicated is not and never will be a good idea.

    Rookie mistake by a KID rather than a young man.

    My two cents.

  53. realfootballfan says: Dec 6, 2013 5:16 PM


    She wasn’t highly intoxicated. She was barely drinking. Go read the toxicology report. The whole story she told sounds like a fairy tale that she told her friends when she got back to the dorm or wherever she lived, they pressed her, and she kept going with it until it ended up out of hand. One of her roommates was the one who called police as I understand it. It looked bad since she was messing around on her unsuspecting boyfriend, who btw she was too ashamed to let her family and prosecutors know she was screwing I would deduce because he’s a black guy. Go read that report and let me know if you really are still not sure about what happened here.

  54. psly2124 says: Dec 6, 2013 5:18 PM


    You insult everyone with your ignorant responses. When was the last time al and Jesse came our in defense of someone white. They never have which makes them and you racists. So only Jesse and al can read minds and proclaim guilt on whites before a trial. Do them and you are the judge and jury. Wake up. Black crime is out of control. Where are the highest murder rates in the country. Black communities. Where are the highest murder rates in world. Africa. coincidence. Not at all.

  55. kamakanaua says: Dec 6, 2013 7:47 PM

    I hope the victim’s family engages a lawyer to consider carefully suing Mr. Winston in civil court. The kind of reprehensible behavior toward a woman in a helpless state alleged to have happened in this case should be severely punished. If a person is such a compromised state, as it seems this woman was at the time, a human with any moral compass would never do the things that were alleged to have been done to her, but instead that person should come to her aid and defense. Perhaps only a civil trial can bring the truth, and justice, to light. If Mr. Winston’s on-field skills remain, he may also be able to provide some recompense to the victim if a jury of their peers determines that is the will of justice.

  56. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 12:20 AM


    I see you’re not interested in any of the facts but rather getting on some fake soapbox. Hard to take advantage of someone who’s every notion about the night was contradicted by evidence (no heavy drinking from toxicology report, no blackout scenario when you’re texting with friends, no head injury as stated, etc). If she did sue him for monetary gain, it would only underline that she is LYING. I don’t know any assault victims interested in a payoff in exchange for being raped.

  57. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 7, 2013 12:52 AM

    Real…i agree there was not sufficient evidence to charge Winston. But the truth is, we do not know what happened. She reported a rape within an hour of it..that in and of itself is not always the case. If she made it up, shame on her despicable charges. But if he did it, shame on him. We were not there…it is a he said/she said and yes, i did read the report. But unless you have been raped, it is traumatic….and her confusion and all could be emotionally traumatic…or she could be lying. Neither one is proven anything, just that there is not enough evidence . Whoever is lying…hope they rot.

  58. hor2012 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    As a black male I’m offended. And, I consider this this the height of racism. Let me be real clear about this. I’m a hundred percent sure that this woman is black. If she had been white they would have had her picture plastered all over the TV. There would have been a investigation and Winston would have been charged. The only reason he wasn’t charged was because this was a black woman. And, what’s offensive is where is the moral outrage from the african american community. And, the only reason whites are not screaming for his head is because it wasn’t a white woman that was victimized. Now, I wasn’t there, so I don ‘t know this for sure but this woman as the right to have her voice heard. This is wrong plan and simple. And, if she were white it wouldn’t be over now. The end run of all this is the powers that be in floridia made the decision that it was more important to assure that FSU wins a national championship than to do a fair investigation of the facts of this case

  59. be4bama says: Dec 11, 2013 9:41 PM

    Hor2012…. She’s white.

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