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Jameis Winston handler cuts off questions at Heisman press conference

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The annual pre-Heisman press conference in New York City got a little awkward on Friday afternoon as Florida State handlers temporarily cut off quarterback Jameis Winston from fielding questions after the Heismn favorite received a couple queries related to the aftermath of the investigation into his alleged involvement in a sexual assault case.

When asked about what he had learned from the experience of being accused — but ultimately not charged — with a serious felony, Winston answered “It was stressful, but I’ve got to look forward. There’s a lot to learn from it. I’m focused on the future. I love my college experience.”

Another reporter asked Winston to elaborate and that’s when Seminoles associate sports information director Kerwin Lonzo sternly interjected that “(Winston’s) only talking about football and the Heisman.”

After one more reporter asked a tangential question, Lonzo interrupted again: “Next question,” he said.

The exchange caused some consternation among the assembled media.

To Lonzo’s credit, he brought Winston back to face media again and the freshman did a great job handling the spotlight. About the investigation he said: “I knew I could respect the process and I’d eventually be vindicated.”

Winston is one of six finalists in New York for the Heisman ceremony that takes place on Saturday night. He is expected to become the third FSU player to win the prestigious trophy.

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21 Responses to “Jameis Winston handler cuts off questions at Heisman press conference”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    You think FSU knows more than they’re letting out?
    Smacks of Lizzy Seeberg and HD.

  2. jimmy53 says: Dec 13, 2013 4:44 PM


    No—it’s called protecting the rights of a 19 year old kid who should be enjoying the Heisman limelight.

    I have no issues with them cutting off the questioning—that is not why they are there.

  3. bigdinla says: Dec 13, 2013 4:48 PM

    Afraid he would slip and get himself and/or FSU in trouble.

  4. chinahand11 says: Dec 13, 2013 4:56 PM

    That was not the time and place for questioning Mr. Winston, and the media folk know that. The reporters who asked about the incident probably have a “why didn’t he answer me?” column already started. Jeez, let the kid enjoy Heisman week, you guys will have plenty of time to ask those questions later, and the haters never seem to run out of material anyway. Go Noles.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    Again, it seems the VAST majority of FSU fans have already vindicated Winston and want this swept under the rug so they can enjoy their moment in the glory.

    Reporters have EVERY right to ask those questions. A reporters job was once described to me as being a proxy for the reader and asking the questions that the reader would like answered. These are questions most readers would like answered.

  6. chinahand11 says: Dec 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    Hey 8to80 I do not question the right of the reporter to ask about that incident, and certainly I would not want it just swept under the rug, just because I am a Noles fan. I do question the reporters’ discrimination in asking about it at that press conference, as I think all that is left are salacious details. Maybe I’m old fashioned that way. No hard feelings; the world goes around because we agree to disagree.

  7. vanmorrissey says: Dec 13, 2013 5:37 PM

    Typical media reaction crying like babies when they don’t get their bottles. Why should he answer what they’re asking, he has something to lose, nothing to gain. Media need to get over themselves, sheesh. Get a life already and get over it.

  8. themagicfanguy says: Dec 13, 2013 6:08 PM

    @texansblog It seems more like you’re just set on casting doubt on Winston than anything, otherwise why post the same nonsensical comment on multiple pieces?
    The reporters may have the right to ask questions but this was a HEISMAN press conference, not a conference centered around anything else. The fact that the media continued to ask those questions despite being told those questions would not be answered says everything.
    Sweep WHAT under the rug?! There’s no case, it’s over and done with. At MOST this turns into a civil suit which will get thrown out.
    Earlier someone said that a lack of evidence doesn’t make Winston innocent, it doesn’t make him guilty either.

  9. blacknole08 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:43 PM

    8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    Again, it seems the VAST majority of FSU fans have already vindicated Winston and want this swept under the rug so they can enjoy their moment in the glory.


    No one , I repeat, NO ONE is saying Winston is completely innocent. But his accuser has been proven to be a liar. Case is closed now so let the man get on with his life.

    And Worry about who your Texans will take #1 overall.

  10. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 7:20 PM

    Okay, now I’m commenting as someone who’s worked in corporate communications.

    FSU handled the situation appropriately. Their first responsibility, as someone else said, should be to the welfare of their 19-year-old student. Their second concern should be for the image of their university. The state’s attorney has made the decision not to charge. Both the university and Winston have issued public statements on that. I believe Winston also fielded questions on that. End of story. Just because the accuser’s attorney wants to hijack Heisman weekend by rambling erroneously for 90 minutes in a park doesn’t mean FSU or Winston have to play in her sandbox.

    Winston answered two questions. The third was repetitive–which reporters tend to be with these things. It was pointless to keep going. Former Arkansas and current Patriots QB Ryan Mallett was in a similar situation during his Combine press conference when reporters kept harping on his alleged drug use after he asked them to move on. He ended the session and left the podium. Good for him. If Nick Saban had shut down Dolphins reporters and left the podium after repeatedly saying he didn’t want to talk about Alabama, they wouldn’t be able to rip him for finally saying “I’m not going to Alabama.” You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Better to just walk away.

  11. jimmy53 says: Dec 13, 2013 7:25 PM

    I love these BS comments about “FSU fans having already having vindicated Winston.” Of course we have—HE WASN’T CHARGED WITH ANYTHING.


    Some of you are just plain idiots. He’s not on trial–he’s not under suspicion

    THE CASE WAS CLOSED. That’s like me saying I have not yet vindicated “8to80texansblog” of murder. Apparently now you have to prove your innocence of things you’re not even charged for–what country do you think you’re living in—morons.

  12. onlyoneleft says: Dec 13, 2013 7:47 PM

    Forced Sex University got the Tallahassee PD to stifle the investigation. What did you expect from them?

  13. jimmy53 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:02 PM


    The Gov. of Florida came out today and said the case was handled well, and there was absolutely no need for further investigation.

    So, are we now saying this “crooked” case goes all the way to the Governor’s office (gasp)

    Some of you all watch way too much TV.

  14. onbucky96 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:59 PM

    What, is he in the GOP? Is he rep’d by Drew Rosenhaus? Not answering or having a handler yell “Next question”? This whole case is dirty.

  15. tictoccpthook says: Dec 13, 2013 9:51 PM

    These questions are not going away, and eventually they will be asked about the FSU administration’s handling of this issue. The Heisman will be old news when the questions stop.

  16. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 10:14 PM

    @tictoccpthook …

    Just curious. Are you interested because you care about the welfare of the woman involved–or the welfare of assault victims in general? Or are you just mouthing off that Jameis Winston will remain under a cloud of suspicion because you don’t like FSU? That would be pretty sad.

  17. guardianis says: Dec 13, 2013 10:53 PM

    Have you heard the rumors, 8to80texansblog committed murder. Why is he still on the streets? Must be a cover up!

  18. guardianis says: Dec 13, 2013 10:56 PM

    Read the true story about Winston’s investigation:

  19. realfootballfan says: Dec 14, 2013 12:25 AM

    Yea, dumb strategy when you idiots don’t know when to quit. Go lament things with Heather Cox.

  20. realfootballfan says: Dec 14, 2013 12:36 AM

    Rick Scott is sitting in a smokey room with Willie Meggs, going back and forth on this conspiracy to make sure that the FSU football team isn’t undermined by this woman. They made sure that the toxicology, blood alcohol,a nd all other relevant evidence came out the way they wanted it to. Evil laugh

    Now, back to reality. Case closed, somebody tell these idiots, especially the “journalists” since they have a many a scandal and accusation that no one ever hears about because they actually do sweep them under the rug. Just go ask ESPN and all of their sexual harassment lawsuits.

  21. 407magic says: Dec 14, 2013 12:39 AM

    She’s a slut is what he should of said. “We all just gave it to her too rough”

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