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It is not Florida State’s job to watch Winston 24/7, but his dad says it is

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If Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was not in a bright enough the spotlight already, the stage is now all his entering the 2014 college football season. The buzz and media attention following Johnny Manziel has shifted to NFL circles in Cleveland. Winston is now without question the most buzzworthy player in the sport of college football, for better or worse. Given all that Winston has been through, be it of his own actions or not, the hope is he has and will continue to grow through it.

Winston’s father, Antonor Winston, tells USA Today his son is supposed to have more security around him to make sure he is safe and able to stay out of trouble.

“He’s supposed to have somebody around him 24/7,” Antonor Winston told USA Today. “He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he’s) definitely not supposed to be by (himself).”

Winston is still a young college kid, most people understand that. But Winston is not a typical college kid and must have an understanding of his place as a member of the Florida State community. The university itself can only go so far to provide his protection. Despite his father’s remarks to USA Today, it is not Florida State’s responsibility to be monitoring and providing security for Winston 24 hours a day. That comment about 24/7 coverage may have been an exaggeration and may not have been supposed to be taken literally.

Is it fair that Winston gets placed under a different level of scrutiny and media coverage? In an ideal world, of course it is not, but this is not an ideal world now is it? Nobody is suggesting Winston should not go out, have some fun and enjoy his college years. If anything he probably needs to cut loose more than some others, but he cannot rely on the school to be on the lookout for him and provide cover when his own actions can be under his control.

USA Today frames the story centering on the interview with Winston’s father as though Winston was failed by his family and Florida State. There may be a small bit of truth somewhere in that angle, but even at the age of 20 years old, Winston is the first person who will be held accountable for his actions, both good and bad. What he does with the spotlight will go far in establishing his future NFL stock as well.

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50 Responses to “It is not Florida State’s job to watch Winston 24/7, but his dad says it is”
  1. mudhead123 says: May 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    An Obama voter blaming others? No way!

  2. seanb20124 says: May 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    Remember when Jerry Jones put security around PAC Man Jones? How did that work out?

  3. mudhead123 says: May 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    Maybe his dad should have worked with his son on how to speak English. He sounds like he’s still learning it

  4. wadaea says: May 11, 2014 3:38 PM

    maybe if his dad had done his job everybody else wont have too

  5. mempusa says: May 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    No Mr Winston, that was and has been both yours and his Mothers job to TEACH him how to stay out of trouble and be a model citizen.

  6. mudhead123 says: May 11, 2014 3:44 PM

    All democrats/liberals blame others. Especially the AA race

  7. manik56 says: May 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    The second example of why you do not give the Heisman to a freshman.

  8. ermur221 says: May 11, 2014 3:54 PM

    Your son shouldn’t be told not to steal from a store, he should have been raised to know right from wrong. Hope he’s a bust

  9. teedraper says: May 11, 2014 4:08 PM

    It’s not? Since when?

    Written by someone that’s never been a recruited athlete in their life.

    Jimbo, like he tells all kids parents…he tells them how he & the university will be his home away from home..his family away from his family & now it’s not their job?
    GTFOOH you pencil neck paper pushing geek.

  10. canetic says: May 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    Charlie Ward won the Heisman at FSU. I don’t remember him needing 24/7 supervision after he won it.

  11. saints97 says: May 11, 2014 4:13 PM

    They got him off the hook for raping a girl. What more can you expect?

  12. mcjon22 says: May 11, 2014 4:22 PM

    I get it’s the off season and authors of stories like this need clicks so they get paid, but people need to chill out on Winston.

    He stole crab legs, which is stupid and immature. But the way every major sports and news agency is painting him out to be this danger to society is laughable.

    I can’t help but wonder if race plays a part in this all. Cam Newton was crucified for something that was never proven, yet Johnny football did many a questionable things (albeit not illegal) yet his run-ins seemingly went away after the normal news cycle.

    This opinion by the way, is coming from a Caucasian male

  13. imacdane says: May 11, 2014 4:28 PM

    @mcjon22 where have you been? Manziel was in the news 24/7 last offseason for much less than stealing and accusation of rape.

  14. djstat says: May 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    Maybe his father should have done a better job raising him?

  15. sportsfan18 says: May 11, 2014 5:15 PM

    Wow, NOW we know why this kid is the way he is…

    Apple didn’t fall far from the tree…

  16. pftbillsfan says: May 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    Different level of scrutiny? He’s been accused of rape, caught shoplifting and what? Suspended for 5 hours? Yeah he’s really being treated unfairly.

  17. dhardy8207 says: May 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    It is every parent’s duty to prepare their children for the day when they are out from under their watch. Knowing right from wrong and that stealing is wrong is something my kids learned during their grammar school years. Knowing that to take advantage of a drunk female could land you in a questionable and possibly legal trouble spot is something most young boys learn by their junior prom in high school. Maybe Mr. Winston SR. should have sat JR down for a serious do’s and don’ts talk before he sent him off to college. Just to cover the “grey areas”, you know some have a different interpretation of right and wrong

  18. auburntigers34 says: May 11, 2014 6:04 PM

    It seems like a pretty safe bet that the 18 years that he spent under his parents’ watch has more to do with him being the current POS that he is than the couple of years that he’s spent in Tallahassee has to do with it.

  19. indi0228 says: May 11, 2014 6:19 PM

    Daddy is an an embarrasment. Apparently its someone elses job to raise his kid.

  20. musketmaniac says: May 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    Pac man was a beast, he took a baseball players nose off in a bar brawl in Morgantown, I broke the fight up and used a white bar towel to keep the kids nose together. The story everybody was told was pacman hit him with a pool stick. but that’s not the entire truth. He had the kid on the ground with his foot and drove the pool stick thru the kids nose standing over top of him.

  21. musketmaniac says: May 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    And you shouldn’t put Manziel in Winston category, he reminds me of Randy Moss, everybody hated Moss but I don’t remember him Raping or killing anyone, was he even in trouble after he left college?

  22. donovandancy says: May 11, 2014 6:30 PM

    Some of you are just laughable.

    Winston so far has not done anything worse than most undergrad age kids. That is the main growing up time for kids, and for Winston it just happens to be under the public spotlight.
    The people who think he raped anyone just display their ignorance, and inability to read the 65 page account of the event and investigation. Hopefully one day your children will be falsely accused of anything close to what winston was, even with people right there seeing that the accusation is false, and maybe you will understand why our country agrees in innocence until conviction.

    Then again, considering other people can’t wrap their heads around a citation being worth the same as a parking ticket, this whole reaction a few people are having isn’t too surprising.

    Winston is young, in the spotlight, and has some growing up to do. And yet, he actually is young, so that shouldn’t be a shock.

  23. tork006 says: May 11, 2014 6:51 PM

    Winston is a rapist and a thug. Period. What a shame that Florida feels they need to back him, there are so many young and talented men that can replace him. Why back a rapist? Makes know sense to me, I will never back that university again.

  24. tork006 says: May 11, 2014 6:54 PM

    Winston is a rapist and a thug. Period. What a shame that Florida feels they need to back him, there are so many young and talented men that can replace him. Why back a rapist? Makes no sense to me, I will never back that university again.

  25. barkleyblows says: May 11, 2014 8:23 PM

    Of course it’s someone else’s fault. That’s what liberals do. Blame others.

  26. bmore44 says: May 11, 2014 8:39 PM

    Can’t fix stupid !!

  27. stoicpaisano says: May 11, 2014 8:41 PM

    Gibsmedat

  28. classyjacklambert says: May 11, 2014 9:15 PM

    There’s really no excuse for the shoplifting, but who hasn’t made a mistake when they were young? As far as the “rape” goes, who here actually knows what happened there? I don’t and I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt due to the facts that have been revealed so far. And I am by no means a Noles fan.

  29. longtallsam says: May 11, 2014 10:58 PM

    The thing that both Manziel and Winston seem to have a hard time figuring out is…when you are a Heisman winner, you will face much closer scrutiny than the typical student, even much more than the other student-athletes.
    I am sure that has been drilled into him by Jimbo and others at FSU. What he probably lacked was the proper guidance from his parents, before he ever got to FSU.
    The choice is yours, Jameis(and Johnny). Do you want to be the next Peyton Manning, or the next Ryan Leaf?

  30. Professor Fate says: May 11, 2014 11:01 PM

    The NCAA agrees with Winston’s dad. At least when it came to Reggie Bush it did. Bush secretly arranged a very nice rental house for his folks 150 miles away in San Diego through an agent and the NCAA said it was USC’s fault. By that logic Winston’s dad’s take is consistent.

    I don’t agree with Antonor Winston any more than I agreed with the semi-death penalty the NCAA laid on USC for the Bush fiasco. Once you are 18 you are considered an adult and are legally liable for your actions. To be consistent the NCAA should be looking at FSU for “institutional failure” to control one of their players.

    It’s no secret that many people are lousy parents and Antonor’s stance is proof of that, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the NCAA to show any consistency. It isn’t FSU’s responsibility to monitor their student-athletes (that label always makes me laugh) around the clock any more than it was USC’s, but I doubt Winston’s transgressions get any sort of the attention Bush’s did.

  31. chiadam says: May 11, 2014 11:20 PM

    If only his dad raised him the right way to begin with.

  32. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 11, 2014 11:31 PM

    This is crazy, Winston is such an irresponsible and dangerous threat that his own father said he needs someone to watch him 24 hrs a day. I wonder what his dad is afraid he will do next in order to say this?

  33. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 11, 2014 11:35 PM

    @ donovandancy

    What you fail to grasp my friend is most of us who post here are alumni who completed our college experiences without sexual assaulting anyone or getting cited for theft. If this is normal undergrad life to you then I wonder what kind of school you attended? Probably one in the SEC I guess.

  34. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 11, 2014 11:44 PM

    @ donovandancy

    Also Winston is twenty, its NOT EVEN OK FOR AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD TO STEAL! What kind of excuse is that, a 20 year old is now considered a kid? I can tell you do not have children, if my 12 year old got caught shoplifting I would punish him harshly. I would not say oh its OK, he is just a kid. That is probably why my son does not shoplift. My friend if you ever have children please hold the responsible for their actions we as a people need to stop making excuses for each other, we need to break this cycle!

  35. cwilson6843 says: May 12, 2014 1:35 AM

    All of you are judging him off accusation and not facts. Its nothing new for a famous athlete to be accused of rape. Example; colin kaepernick, or however you wanna spell it. There’s no evidence of him raping anyone. Yall are pretty ignorant and most of you are racist. Only god can judge because no man is perfect. Yall should be ashamed of yourselves and maybe your parents should have raised yall better. Then again maybe yall should go to church. And if you do go to church that’s even more of a shame. Take college football way too serious. Yall are seriously what’s wrong with this country.

    Bigots

  36. provguard says: May 12, 2014 3:33 AM

    Mr Winston, it seems to me that you fell short of teaching ethics to your son and you want someone else to make the correction.

  37. hittfamily says: May 12, 2014 3:41 AM

    I have been to that Publix. It is packed. He’s right. Winston would get mobbed there. 2 employees followed him, which is why he got caught. Maybe he just didn’t want to get hounded by more of their employees.

  38. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 12, 2014 8:26 AM

    @cwilson6843

    Pulling out the race card only shows one truth, you have no facts in regard to what your talking about. It is a weak argument point which exposes either lack of facts or stupidity on the debaters part. I guess the camera, employes, and crab legs themselves were all part of a racist conspiracy! BIGOTS, HA, HA,HA,HA,HA, HA, HA, HA, HA! Good show!

  39. phinfanatic84 says: May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

    Wow… Mr Winston… it was YOUR JOB to RAISE YOUR SON and teach him right from wrong. Your son is a STUDENT-athlete and like other students is responsible for HIS OWN actions. Florida State is giving him a free education, that’s all he is entitled to.. not free King Crab legs. FSU isn’t responsible for your son’s poor decisions. You should be on your knees thanking FSU for keeping the DA’s office at bay when the rape accusation surfaced. Let’s see how the investigation into the DA’s office investigation (or lack of) turns out. You should have done a better job of teaching him that there are consequences for his actions… even if he’s a star athlete.

  40. 8to80texansblog says: May 12, 2014 10:01 AM

    The level of ignorance and racism in this thread is astounding…..

    I mean “the AA race”…. really?

  41. mogogo1 says: May 12, 2014 10:58 AM

    His dad doesn’t seem like the brightest bulb either. And, out of curiosity, has it occurred to him that he might want to discuss this with his son rather than blaming the college for not keeping him out of trouble?

  42. scyankee64 says: May 12, 2014 2:21 PM

    The employee at Publix probably gave him the crab legs, but since that would have been a NCAA violation, he figured taking the rap for shoplifting was a safer choice. (I don’t really think this is what happened, just throwing it out there).

  43. whenwilliteverend says: May 12, 2014 3:26 PM

    So let me get this straight. When they complain about the way they are treated they talk about how these guys are ‘grown men.’ However, they have to have other grown men around them to keep them from acting like children/knuckleheads. On top of that, you have the dad passing blame on FSU. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who the real problem is–dad. If he had raised him right maybe Jameis could have enough personal responsibility to keep himself out of trouble instead of acting like the world owes him. It doesn’t help that FSU basically did nothing to him after stealing the crab legs. I thought most places if you got caught shoplifting you got arrested? I guess that doesn’t happen in Tallahassee and Gainesville where the respective athletic departments of the local universities have the police departments in their back pockets.

  44. Deb says: May 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    Mr. Winston would have been better served by keeping his opinion to himself and counseling his son to straighten up and fly right. It’s in FSU’s interest to coach their players to behave better. But it’s not their responsibility. That’s a parents’ role.

    Beyond that, this just may be the scariest thread I’ve read in all the years I’ve been posting on CFT.

    @8to80Texans … Thank you. It’s nice to know I’m not tripping out here in the Twilight Zone by myself.

    @iwishwvuwouldbeatbama … You need to calm down and reread the comments–beginning with the first–if you don’t think racism plays any role in the vitriol against Winston. The reality is that there’s no credible evidence he’s ever sexually assaulted anyone. Beyond that, he shoplifted some crab, joined his teammates in some BB gun hijinks, and pumped some Coke into a few ketchup containers. Your reaction to this is beyond over the top. It’s irrational. So are your comments about the SEC. You are familiar with some of the things that have gone on at WVU, right?

    @mudhead123 … This will shock you, but I know “AA’s” who didn’t vote for Obama. Were you wearing your Klan hood when you typed those comments, or do you take it off occasionally? Please, get help.

    Better yet, JT and Kevin should ban you. That level of racism doesn’t belong on a sports blog.

  45. normtide says: May 12, 2014 4:58 PM

    If you need someone around 24/7 to keep him out of trouble, then he is a lost cause. I don’t want to believe he is.

    What this is, it’s just another example of how we are ruining this generation. Ask any teacher, the students these days are not the problem, THE PARENTS ARE. Now, I agree the world has changed. But, if you don’t insist that your children become adults, they never will. Parents never made weak excuses in my day. Now, instead of disciplining their child, they drug them. Say no to drugs kids, unless it makes your parents life easier….

  46. cwilson6843 says: May 12, 2014 5:36 PM

    iwishwvuwouldbeatbama- what blog are you reading? Are you reading the comments? Did you read mudhead’s comment? Everyone knows using “democrats” is an cheap way to talk about black people for you undercover racists. You are ignorant sir and you might want to be careful. You’re son might kick your a$$ when he turns 18. The way you act you seem like a d***head father. I would hate you. Like I said there’s racism in this room. And this is coming from a white man. Yall sicken me and have ruined this site for me. Kids get on here too you know show some respect. And iwishwvuwouldbeatbama I never mentioned anything about him stealing. If you’re educated you would know to understand before making yet another ignorant comment. I’m talking about how yall comment about him. So he’s a democratic liberalist because he’s black? Because nobody said that about kaepernick or big ben. And what about your sec comment? Only racists don’t see racism. I don’t have hate in my heart, I’m sorry you have to live a sad life bigot. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA GOOD SHOW

  47. normtide says: May 12, 2014 6:04 PM

    I detest racism, the bottom line is if you can hate because of color, you will hate for any and many other reasons. How can a fan of any sports team be racist? Chances are some of your best players are of different colors.

    One of the problems that allows racism to exist in this country is the fact that no one will actually talk about it. Instead, everythwon must be PC. It also has become a crutch for the democratic party to cry racism to anyone who opposes their views. ( For the record, the GOP is no better, but just calling them racist does nothing to compromise and actually unite this nation). The bottom line, you can’t fix a problem unless you get to the reality of the issues. Racism does exist, on both sides of the color line, on both sides of the political spectrum. Donald Sterling was a Dem, the most racist states I’ve ever been to were blue states. My point is, stop using racism as a crutch to end arguments that have to be had. Debates are won on merit of facts, not Buzz words.

    If your saying Winston’s problems is because he is black, your lazy and stupid. If you think the people who want to hold him accountable are racist, you too are lazy and stupid.

  48. 8to80texansblog says: May 14, 2014 10:49 AM

    @normtide…. I agree with you very much…. but politics today has become about those buzzwords… ie Death Panels, Obamacare, Racist, job creators, socialist, 1 percenters, etc.

    Politicians on both sides spend lots of money on focus groups finding words that scare us or elicit a specific emotion…. then they use them to death!

    Debates in Washington are no longer (and probably never were) won on basis of merit, but buzz words and polling numbers.

  49. mrba4775 says: May 15, 2014 10:47 PM

    Dad needs to sit down with his son and have a serious father to son talk regarding charecter & public perception. perception of a person can become a reality if not handled in the proper way.

    Now Winston has to limit his exposure to the public, because of his immaturity and stay low key.

  50. burgandy2260 says: May 17, 2014 8:41 AM

    cwilson6843

    Hey mush mouth SHUT UP! This has nothing to do w/anything more than a young troublemaker who is is turning into a fine adult troublemaker. He is full of entitlement and that comes from being the spoiled brat he was molded into by FSU & Jimbo who really only cares about his salary being raised. You can’t just break the law a little. I do have to say that your comments have inspired me to not only start going back to church to pray for people who steal crab legs but I’m going to take a few minutes everyday to read the dictionary so I can become more knowledgable in urban slangs. The question is “which one do I read?”.

    And as far as calling everyone a bigot….WELL KISS MY ASS and learn proper grammar!

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