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Attorney plans civil lawsuit against Jameis Winston, wants “heads to roll”

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Just before Florida State took on Duke for the ACC championship, Heisman frontrunner and quarterback Jameis Winston learned he would not be charged for an crimes related to sexual assault following an investigation by state authorities. A lawyer representing the alleged victim was defiant in her response to the initial decision but is not ready to let the case go. Pat Carroll, who represents a woman claiming to have been raped by Winston in December 2012, told ABC’s Good Morning America program Wednesday morning a civil lawsuit is coming.

“I want heads to roll,” Carroll said in the live television interview. “Absolutely you’re going to see a civil suit. You can not have law enforcement that is not held accountable.”

Carroll is setting her sights on the Tallahassee Police Department in addition to Winston, who is coming off leading Florida State to a BCS championship and this past season’s Heisman Trophy winner. According to Carroll, the Tallahassee Police Department was negligent in handling her client’s case and believes improper procedures by the police led to the prosecutor’s decision to drop the case in December.

Keep in mind that the court of civil law does not require as much concrete evidence that a typical lawsuit would require to prove anything beyond reasonable doubt. That means selling the case to a jury may be easier to do when it comes to testimony if Carroll can sway a jury enough in her client’s favor. The civil lawsuit may also go after Florida State University as well.

“The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston,” Carroll said Wednesday. “And possibly the university.”

Ultimately what matters most is having justice served in the court of law, regardless of the outcome. From a football perspective, which obviously takes a backseat to any court cases related to sexual assault of course, the hope will be that this is all taken care of in an appropriate amount of time. If it can be wrapped up before the football season, Florida State will know exactly where they stand with regard to Winston. Being found guilty in a civil case may not carry the same impact being found guilty in a state case would, but it will surely provide a distraction in the offseason until playing out in court. Any further analysis of what this may or may not mean for Winston and Florida State is best put on hold until a civil case is brought to the court and a timeline starts to form.

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31 Responses to “Attorney plans civil lawsuit against Jameis Winston, wants “heads to roll””
  1. thefiesty1 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:47 PM

    Useless ambulance chaser! Just looking for a pay day.

  2. rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:51 PM

    Jameis just needs to remain scrong during this period. This is equally important to his teammates, who are only as scrong as he is.

  3. teambringitstrong says: Jan 8, 2014 7:54 PM

    rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:51 PM

    Jameis just needs to remain scrong during this period. This is equally important to his teammates, who are only as scrong as he is.
    Your hood, er slip er, bigotry is showing.

  4. lowtalker says: Jan 8, 2014 7:54 PM

    sue the university ? Realty? that sounds like a frivolous suit to me. Sue the TBP? The district atty is a big boy and made decision not to prosecute. I am sure he could have sent TBP out to do more investigation.

    Go ahead and sue Winston. Then everyone will hear the truth including the rumor that some one wanted to video the event and apparently saw mutual consent going on.

  5. halbert53 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:56 PM

    If I were Winston, I would file lawsuit against that ambulance chaser of an attorney as well as her client.

  6. sinkit5 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:00 PM

    i’m sorry for this young lady as a father of a teenager getting ready to enter college its scary but please move on with your life and studies, not sure if your parents are pushing or this pesky lawyer.
    This young man has been tried in the media and public, if its your intention to hold him for future earnings than i believe you might have been planning this (I sure hope not) all along..

  7. semperfiguy1011 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:00 PM

    Just what we need, a lawyer looking for a settlement. When will these athletes learn that they have a target on their chest for all the skanks out there?

  8. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:07 PM

    I’m shocked. A civil suit from a “rape” victim is surely what you expect. SMH.

  9. boomgrounder says: Jan 8, 2014 8:30 PM

    If the sexual activity was totally consensual as Winston and his buddies claim and the TPD and FSU did nothing wrong they have nothing to fear. I don’t understand why people are so surprised. The alleged victim claimed to be raped within hours after the incident and the man she has accused was not charged with a crime. Do you now want her to pretend it never happened?

  10. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:35 PM


    Because I’ve known many sexual assault victims. None of them are into civil suits for justice. Also, you might want to go read that report put out by the state attorney if you still don’t get why everyone is shaking their heads at this woman at this point. She’s just embarrassing her niece at this point.

  11. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:36 PM

    Also, if I didn’t call this being the eventual play when this story first broke a couple of months back (suing the city of Tallahassee), I’d pinch myself.

  12. bills4 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:39 PM

    So, so pathetic, only in the US of A can you become a millionaire this way!!

  13. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 8, 2014 8:48 PM

    Is she sueing the other guy that night too? 3 men’s DNA was found on her person. She is only going after the athlete WEIRD.

  14. 12strikes says: Jan 8, 2014 9:07 PM

    She is just looking for money…someone pay the girl

  15. doggeatdogg says: Jan 8, 2014 9:10 PM

    Well, what a shocker! I’m surprised they didn’t wait until he signed his NFL contract in June 2015 or so.

    In a civil case, everything goes. The victim will have to reveal herself now and explain how many FSU players she nailed as member of the cleat chaser club. Winston needs to tell his side of the story too. In which case, he might as well counter sue for damages now. All he needs to do is tell at trial that he engages in premarital sex, has had x amount of sex partners, all consensual including with the accuser included.

    Crazy college students.
    And where is the video of the whole thing?

    This is what I would do if I were on his team. I would go along the settlement route to see how much they want then suspend and proceed to trial. Then make sure the world knows how much she was willing to sell her tryst for sans a cut for her lawyer after the fact.

  16. boomgrounder says: Jan 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    @ football fan

    I read the entire report and watched the entire press conference. I still don’t understand what people don’t get. This alleged victim has claimed to be raped within hours of having a sexual encounter and no one was charged and the Stare Attorney held a Press Conference to report no charges would be filed against Winston and Winston’s Attorney held a Press Conference to announce that no charges were being filed against Winston. If Winston and his buddies have told the truth and the TPD and FSU has done nothing wrong they have nothing to fear. But from the alleged victim’s perspective, if you are surprised by this civil suit against Winston, TPD and FSU after reading the State’s Attorney’s report and News Conference then you are an absolute fool!

  17. noffy32 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:44 PM

    Pathetic lawyers. The “victim” will be called out into the limelight and then the “truth” will come out. Her lawyer will blow the case. Excuse the puns.

  18. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 8, 2014 9:44 PM

    This guy makes Johnny Manziel look like a choir boy. Johnny hooks up with girls and they ask for more. Jameis hooks up with girls and they cry rape.

    The Johnny Manziel haters have their priorities all screwed up, if you ask me.

  19. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 8, 2014 11:35 PM

    Jarapist Winston

  20. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:41 PM

    rolltide510 says:
    Jan 8, 2014 7:51 PM
    Jameis just needs to remain scrong during this period. This is equally important to his teammates, who are only as scrong as he is

    HAHA this is comical. an alabama fan, making fun of how an alabama native winston talks HAHAHA , you get mad when us yankees laugh at you talking , but when your team SEC loses, i guess you bammers can call out your own country folk and us yankees cant. good comedy right there

  21. dkhhuey says: Jan 9, 2014 9:32 AM

    Wow! From the witness accounts and the police report of the incident, this woman was looking for black football players – went home with 3 of them, screwed one of them, and then cries rape! So instead of letting it go after it gets closed by the DA’s office – the family is doubling down by filing a civil suit. The testimony in this will be interesting to say the least!

  22. louiegrandie says: Jan 9, 2014 10:23 AM

    Heads will roll? Not in a civil suit. This is all about the money. Girl can’t pay lawyer so the only way he gets any money out of this is to file a civil suit so he can make some money. The girl’s past with the people involved and the true story of what happened that night means she loses the case.

  23. canehouse says: Jan 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    nobody really knows what really happened… can’t say for sure that the alleged victim is lying ir if the case wasn’t handled properly. Either way it’s bad for business. and very sad.

  24. wadaea says: Jan 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    I just read where this piece of trash won the Manning award and said he like his names associated with the Manning’s. I guarantee the Manning’s do feel the same way.

  25. realfootballfan says: Jan 9, 2014 12:20 PM


    Sure, no one knows what happened. Keep that objectivity Cane fan. The fact that she’s making a money grab like I predicted a couple of days after this started should clear any questions you have up. This dimwit actually called for the governor to do an investigation into this, which was quickly brushed off as nonsense by him hours later.

    I have to say, Rick Scott doesn’t seem like the type to be “covering” something up for a football player. Willie Meggs certainly wouldn’t be that guy, but no one who’s actually lived in Tallahassee can tell you trolls anything about it because you have it all figured out in wanting to see this young man’s downfall from this flimsy case. If I was this girl’s aunt, I’d tell her to wash her face off next time between having sex with so many people in the same day.

  26. rolltide510 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:32 PM

    “Your hood, er slip er, bigotry is showing.”

    Bigotry is assuming people have to talk that way because their skin is a particular color.

  27. elvoid says: Jan 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    Let me translate from “attorney speak”:

    Attorney says “wants heads to roll”

    Attorney means “wants to line my pockets with cash”

  28. elvoid says: Jan 9, 2014 2:22 PM

    And just to be clear – I know plenty of attorneys that wouldn’t touch this case with a ten foot pole. Despite the bad rap they get, the majority are an honorable bunch.

  29. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:32 PM

    Even with the burden of proof being lower in civil court, this is a longshot lawsuit at best. She was happily texting with her friend immediately before and after the alleged assault. They tested her for drugs and she came up clean despite her claim she’d been drugged. There was no evidence of the head injury she claimed. She’d have to explain away all of those points to have any shot with a jury. And one can only imagine what other inconsistencies a good defense lawyer could find in her story.

  30. gamustangdude says: Jan 15, 2014 10:09 AM

    Funny hearing how lots of folks like to put blame on folks before knowing what really happend. If you like FSU football program and Winston, the the alleged victim is a “scam artist, trying to get a pay day.” If you’re not an FSU Fan then James Winston is a “Rapist!”

    Only two people know what happend, stop trying to defend actions or assign blame if you weren’t there to witness, it makes you look ignorant despite your attempt to seem inteligent. you can read what ever you like, unless you were there it’s all suspect.

  31. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 15, 2014 2:51 PM

    Yeah its pretty obvious to see the FSU fan bias in here. Understandable

    I read the report and came away with the feeling that there is just not enough evidence to say Winston forced himself on her. There are things on both sides of the story that are puzzling.

    But if this was a money grab from the beginning this would have to had been heavily premeditated.

    Regardless, the reason this story is so huge is that the TPD handled it terribly. And if the lawsuit costs TPD money which in turn costs some of these guys their job, then maybe it’s a success.

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