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Report: Florida State investigated Winston for alleged assault, charged two others

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Florida State University upheld their responsibility to comply with Title IX by conducting an internal investigation of quarterback Jameis Winston following accusations he had sexually abused another student in December 2012. According to a report by Deadspin, Florida State University administrators investigated Winston and charged two of his teammates — defensive end Chris Casher and defensive back Ronald Darby — with violations of the school’s code of conduct. According to the report, Winston is not facing any similar charges following the internal investigation.

Winston reportedly kept silent when asked a number of questions, pleading the fifth when meeting with university officials. His legal counsel advised him to do so, so the meeting failed to yield any evidence to punish Winston, although if more evidence surfaces later the investigation could lead to future charges by the university.

Winston was previously accused of raping a woman at an off-campus apartment in December 2012. Tallahassee police turned over all evidence and information from the case to state authorities last fall and the state attorney’s office completed their investigation last December. The investigation found no evidence to charge Winston with any crime despite testimony from Casher and Darby claiming they witnessed Winston having sex with the alleged victim.

According to the report, Casher and Darby, the 2012 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, were charged with conduct of sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person as well as acts that invade the privacy of another person. In addition, Casher faces charges of recording images without consent. Punishments have not been hashed out for Casher and Darby yet, but each could face expulsion from the university.

So, for now, Winston has been cleared by local and state authorities and the university has failed to produce any support for any punishments. This is not likely to just be swept under the rug at this point in time, but the more we learn the more it seems Winston’s status as a football player is not going to be changing anytime soon.

Read the full report from Deadspin for more information.

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36 Responses to “Report: Florida State investigated Winston for alleged assault, charged two others”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    Watch an “incident” – charged with conduct violations

    Participate in an “incident” – No charges*

    *Must lead team to National Championship and win the Heisman trophy

  2. saints97 says: Apr 3, 2014 1:25 PM

    Shocking result to the investigation.

  3. musketmaniac says: Apr 3, 2014 1:30 PM

    Future steeler, Pittsburgh the rapist haven

  4. jkulha86 says: Apr 3, 2014 1:39 PM

    Anybody else think of Chapelle Show when they read “pleading the fifth when meeting with university officials.” ?

  5. imaduffer says: Apr 3, 2014 1:42 PM

    Who paid for Winston’s lawyer or is that part of the compensation package at FSU?

  6. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 1:48 PM

    @imaduffer

    No one technically “paid” for his lawyer, but FSU has a resident “one of our players broke the law again” type guys they call on who works pro-bono (and probably gets a nice stack of cash under the table and football related perks).

    The Gators have one too, google “Huntley Johnson” and read all about how the Gator players all seem to use the same lawyer (who works for free out of the goodness of his heart) and almost every single case has their charges dropped (shocking, he must be the best lawyer in the world).

  7. originolefan says: Apr 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    not sure why this is stated to look like a new allegation

  8. titansbro says: Apr 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Or, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s a g**d*** duck.

    Take from that what you will.

  9. raiderufan says: Apr 3, 2014 2:16 PM

    .. were charged with conduct of sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person as well as acts that invade the privacy of another person. In addition, Casher faces charges of recording images without consent. Punishments have not been hashed out for Casher and Darby yet, but each could face expulsion from the university.

    That feels like a long winded way of saying rape.

  10. jimmy53 says: Apr 3, 2014 2:34 PM

    This writer, Weinstein, is known to be a disreputable hack. I’m shocked CFT is reporting this click-bait BS. This is nothing but offseason desperation.

  11. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 2:55 PM

    @jimmy53

    Yes, I’m sure Deadspin, a website that had nearly 70,000,000 page views and 11,500,000 unique visitors last month alone is making up an 1,100 word story for “click-bait”.

    Especially for a story that if it isn’t true could come with serious legal ramifications for Gawker and the writers themselves.

    Sounds totally reasonable right?

  12. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    I hope you FSU fans enjoy that championship, remember winning is everything. Oh, wait i wonder if you would still feel this way if you had a daughter attending FSU!

  13. donovandancy says: Apr 3, 2014 3:10 PM

    Yeah, taping a sex act without consent violates the school code. Those of you who can’t figure out why the teammates were charged and Winston wasn’t apparently aren’t that bright.

  14. jimmy53 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:16 PM

    Youmadcauseimstylingonyou:

    Do your homework on the writer not the site. Website journalism is still a business, and bait-clicking is common practice (even with this great site). I’m guessing you didn’t even bother to check out Weinstein–his reputation in the business is A JOKE.

    Btw, this is an old story—they were charged and they’re still with the team and in school. Weinstein didn’t mention that did he? Huh. Couldn’t be because it would make his story obsolete–could it?

    KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

  15. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 3:22 PM

    @donovandancy

    “Those of you who can’t figure out why the teammates were charged and Winston wasn’t apparently aren’t that bright.”

    Yeah, it’s called FSU covering up a rape by their Heisman Trophy winning, National Championship starting quarterback.

    PROTIP: Darby and Casher got slaps on the wrist for taking a pinch for Winston and will absolutely be on the FSU roster come opening day.

    Casher is also going to get a nice envelope full of cash slid under his door for deleting the video of the crime too, just need Jamey’s first round pick bonus check to clear next May.

  16. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 3:28 PM

    @jimmy53

    Again, you must be dense.

    Gawker is not going to publish a story that is fabricated when it comes to rape cover up allegations of a major university without extreme fact checking.

    If you think they are click baiting you by writing a fraudulent story against a school funded by the State of Florida with an army of lawyers ready to sue at the call of a phone, you’re nuts.

    Cashner and Darby are still with the team because FSU obviously doesn’t really care about rape and people who video tape rapes so long as they are key members of their football team. They were slaps on the wrist at best.

    What kind of regular student gets charged by a university with “charged with conduct of sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person as well as acts that invade the privacy of another person.” and doesn’t get thrown out of school?

  17. jimmy53 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:32 PM

    Styling said:

    “What kind of regular student gets charged by a university with “charged with conduct of sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person as well as acts that invade the privacy of another person.” and doesn’t get thrown out of school?”

    Ummmmm…those found innocent. You simply have no clue what you’re talking about–but keep grasping–it’s funny to read ;-)

  18. jacks522 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:36 PM

    2nd issue with this young man ??!! Bad parenting and now a national championship under his belt . Could be and issue for the future .. More comin…….

  19. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    @jimmy53

    But they weren’t found innocent, not by the University.

    “The two teammates, Chris Casher and Ronald Darby, were recently charged with five violations of the university’s code of conduct”

    Weird how that happens right?

  20. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 3:47 PM

    @jimmy53

    Your clueless bro, I guess this is all a conspiracy, the girl made it up, the investigators did not tell her that she should drop the charges because they are in a football town, the event never happened. Wait if it never happened then why are two of his teammates facing expulsion? Does not make much sense does it?

  21. jimmy53 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:49 PM

    Styling: this goes back to the reputability of the writer—sources in Tally say that the University council has already met on this, which is why I pointed out that they’re still in school and on the team. But Weinstein wouldn’t report on that because then people like you wouldn’t read it. By the way, I never said Weinstein made anything up, he simply picks and choose the most salacious facts and leaves our the rest–it’s more interesting to know the university charged them—it’s less interesting to know that nothing came of it. See how it works?

    Listen Styling, I don’t blame you for having a misguided opinion–I just think you’re uninformed and too far from Tallahassee to really know what is going on…

  22. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 3:52 PM

    @ jimmy53

    What inside sources? The ones you just made up to substantiate your ridiculous claims?

  23. crazycane says: Apr 3, 2014 3:59 PM

    jimmy53,

    Take off the garnet and gold goggles, dude.

  24. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 4:33 PM

    @iwishwvuwouldbeatbama

    Don’t forget slut shaming the victim to make her appear to be nothing more than a torso with a hole willing to lay there and be the entire FSU community’s semen dumpster.

  25. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 4:38 PM

    @jimmy53

    Cashner and Darby are still with the team and still enrolled at Florida State because expelling them or getting them charged with a crime would imply they participated in a act/crime that would implicate their star QB in a rape.

    Why would FSU go out of their way to make sure their most famous student, their Heisman winning QB and their National Championship QB skated a rape allegation? Why would they not even bother to look into it until after the football season conculded? HMMMMMMMMMMM

  26. rolltide510 says: Apr 3, 2014 4:56 PM

    I still can’t get past the fact you can get away with “pleading the fifth” when questioned by the SCHOOL.

  27. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    @rolltide510

    It’s more insane that the School takes that and says “Ok then, we see nothing wrong here”

    One can understand why Jameis wouldn’t talk thanks to that nasty Civil trial that’s in his future, but FSU not even slapping him on the wrist is just embarrassing on so many levels.

    The one thing I don’t get about him not talking is if you were charged with rape and innocent wouldn’t you want to run to the top of the Doak with a megaphone and proclaim your innocence?

  28. donovandancy says: Apr 3, 2014 5:35 PM

    apprently “yourmadbecauseanidiot” can’t figure out that a school’s conduct code isn’t the same as a crime in teh legal system. What they were penalized for under the conduct code isn’t against the law outside of the school.

    Maybe styling can’t figure that out. Maybe he stays awake nights wondering why the worlds out to get him and everythings a conspiracy. Then again, maybe he is a fan of a team that didn’t even make a bowl game this year.

  29. noleitup says: Apr 3, 2014 6:20 PM

    I heard a glimpse of this on the radio and thought he got busted for a different chick this time. Almost hopped on 75 to go up to Tally and kick him in the balls myself. But this clearly someone trying to drum up some clicks. Move along folks nothing to see for the moment.

  30. luxinterior78 says: Apr 3, 2014 7:16 PM

    Since there is a recording of the incident, wouldnt the authorities have used it to file charges if it wasnt consentual?

  31. cfballfan1 says: Apr 3, 2014 9:47 PM

    Uh oh Heisman committee – time to start the spin control…

  32. onlyoneleft says: Apr 3, 2014 10:12 PM

    They won’t do anything. FSU has been getting off for years. Florida too. Hell, the whole state has.

  33. musketmaniac says: Apr 3, 2014 10:47 PM

    its everywhere, I live in a university town. crooked sobs all of them

  34. titansbro says: Apr 3, 2014 11:15 PM

    Florida is, by far, the most crooked backward state I have ever lived in. And I’ve lived in more than a few states not to mention 2 different places in Florida. It would not surprise me in the least to find out that it really was a massive cover-up in Tallahassee. I remember seeing police with UF & FSU stickers on their friggin police cruisers.

  35. chamilton298 says: Apr 7, 2014 3:20 PM

    @YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou

    Apparently you did not read the documents, The evidence is what proclaim’s Winston’s innocence. But apparently you idiots on here are too dumb to read and would rather form opinions based on stereotypes, baseless allegations, and assumptions. Here is some information for those of you who have enough brains to attempt reading. The code of conduct violations have nothing to do with committing a crime. In their affidavits you will see why they were charged with code of conduct. They kept busting in the room asking could they join in. Each time is one count. Recording images is another violation. The things that they did violate code of conduct, not the law. An action can violate code of conduct even if no law was broken which is what people on here cannot seem to comprehend. Although with the comments I am reading, I do not expect an intelligent response to my post. It is clear that none of you (or at least one or two people) even attempted to crack open the case files and read anything. You assume cover up even though there is no evidence to support it. How was the University covering up when it was already being investigated as a criminal offense. The location was off campus so it was outside the jurisdiction of the school. Again, this was already being investigated as a criminal case so exactly how would they have covered it up. They only suspend if charges are brought up. Why would they punish someone that there is no evidence against. If you read about the campus kangaroo courts that investigate these matters, you will see why NO young man should EVER say anything in these matters. Read about the story of Caleb Warner just to name one example. The two guys were punished for violation of code of conduct. None of the offenses they were charged with are crimes. Read title ix, violations of code of conduct policy do not have to be crimes. They were not charged with crimes, the evidence shows they did not commit a crime. Code of conduct is different, which this article fails to address (got to keep those ratings up). The issue was not whether he had sex with the girl, it was about whether the sex was consensual, and every single piece of evidence in the documents says that it was consensual. After hearing about the campus kangaroo courts that do the internal investigations, I would not have said anything either. The evidence tells Winston’s story for him. The girl told her story four times and each story was COMPLETLEY different from the other. Her own friends told completely different stories from hers. The rape kit showed ZERO signs of sexual assault and all 3 toxicology screens came back negative for any type of drugs in her system and everyone meaning her friends, the nurse, and the detective said that she was not even remotely drunk. Her story changes every single time she tells it. First she claims she blacked out from drinking too much, then says she blacked out cause she was drugged, then says she blacked out from being hit on the head at a party, all of which were proven to be false by the evidence and the testimony of HER OWN FRIENDS. The documents show her sending text messages during the time she was supposed to be being drugged and raped. In one story she claims she was out cold during the entire cab ride, then in another story she claims she was awake during the entire ride. Then she says she blacked out after this white guy gave her a shot, then changes it to a black guy giving her the funny shot. Winston’s friends told the detectives that she was flirting with him the entire night. One of her friends say that she was hanging out and dancing with some black guy, which supports the story of Winston’s friends. Every piece of evidence testifies to Winston’s innocence. If the truth is already speaking for you, you do not have to say anything. When a man is accused of rape, in the court of public opinion (and it seems law) he is guilty until proven innocent and even when he is proven innocent he is still guilty. Look up the case of Caleb Warner, Brian Banks, Duke Lacrosse Team, Tawana Brawley and Hofstra rapes just to name a few if you want to see what I mean. However, judging from the comments on this board, I do not expect anyone to actually read the case files because then they would realize how dumb they have been. I say this one more time, they were charged with violating the code of conduct, not violating the law.

  36. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 10, 2014 3:47 PM

    @chamilton

    First off… maybe a return would have been nice there… that was a big block of unbroken text… not very fun to read….

    Second… I read every page of the evidence file that was posted online. While it’s not near enough to charge him, it doesn’t come close to exonerating him.

    Third… the details of the Kaepernick case are eerily similar to the Winston case.

    3 teammates in one of their apartments. The girl is “allegedly” heavily under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Girl is taken into the bedroom and has her clothes taken off for her. The two teammates are peeking in. And the girl claims to not remembering anything after that.

    Details not exactly the same but strangely similar.

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