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Jimbo on Jameis: ‘you have to be responsible for your own actions’

Florida Seminoles head coach Fisher celebrates with quarterback Winston after they defeated the Auburn Tigers to win the BCS Championship football game in Pasadena Reuters

Last weekend, the father of Jameis Winston created a mini-maelstrom when he suggested that his son is “supposed to have somebody around him 24/7” and that, inexplicably, “[he’s] definitely not supposed to be by [himself]” as if he’s some type of Heisman-winning toddler.

Thursday, Winston’s head coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about the father’s assumption that somebody should, essentially, be babysitting the 20-year-old redshirt sophomore 24/7/365. To Fisher’s credit, he put more of the onus on the player than on the football program or his family.

“To keep someone on somebody 24 hours a day is a very difficult situation,” Fisher told the Palm Beach Post. “You enable them if you’re not careful. You still have to be responsible for your own actions.

“We will always monitor our players and we have to monitor him more because he does get more attention. But at the same time he has to be his own man and be able to do the things he has to do.”

Personal responsibility and accountability?  What a concept, especially when it comes to the most recognizable player in not only your program but in college football as a whole. During his brief time in Tallahassee, Winston’s had four run-ins with the law. While most were relatively innocuous, one painted the player and the university in a very negative light even as no charges were filed.

Following “crabgate” and his baseball suspension late last month, Winston allowed that he was “in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach,” adding in a statement of apology that “I must realize that my mistakes are magnified and can bring great embarrassment to all those who support me every day.” According to Fisher, that pretty much summed up his message to the quarterback in the aftermath of his latest caper.

“‘You have to be aware of what you are and what’s going on and you can’t make those mistakes anymore because you carry a huge burden. You’re the face of our university. You’re the face of our football team,’” Fisher said he told Winston.

“I do not think it was malicious but that same time we do not take it lightly. It has to be taken care of, it has to be addressed and it can’t happen.”

Unfortunately for both Winston and Fisher, the scrutiny and harsh light under which the Florida State quarterback resides are only going to get hotter and brighter.  Whether Winston can rein in himself and his non-malicious ways for eight more months before (likely) heading off to the NFL remains to be seen.

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31 Responses to “Jimbo on Jameis: ‘you have to be responsible for your own actions’”
  1. bonerchamp says: May 17, 2014 11:25 AM

    This generation is screwed because of parents like Mr Winston. Would monitoring your kid 24/7 have prevented him from going into Publix? Or should Jimbo have tackled him as he was walking out with the crab legs?

  2. pawloosa says: May 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    Generation Wuss!

  3. woebegong says: May 17, 2014 11:58 AM

    If FSU really wants to teach the kid some responsibility, wouldn’t you think, a suspension of a couple of games at least, might wake him up?
    There are elementary kids that swiped a whole lot less than what he did and got more punishment than he did.
    FSU is not doing this kid any favors by basically condoning his off field actions. He is so immature, he probably thinks he can continue to act like he did, because he is a winner on the football field. Sad to say, but his attitude will probably carry over into his adult life and he will get himself into a scrap that even his team can’t get him out of. Just ask Hernandez about that. Not comparing what he did to Hernandez mind you, but the parallel is there, as far as personal responsibility goes.

  4. buk06 says: May 17, 2014 12:27 PM

    woebegong,

    You seem somewhat uninformed…um you do realize that he WAS suspended for a few games right? 2nd, don’t act like he committed some heinous crime–he took some crab legs. If we’re really honest with ourselves, most will admit to taking something, cheating on something or some other offense we deemed no big deal. Chris Cooley from the Redskins admitted he did similar things in college–he didn’t turn into Hernandez…so all the drama kings should stop being hypocritical or at least chill out..not that serious.. But bravo to Jumbo for setting Jameis’ father straight–He has to be responsible for his own actions!

  5. abninf says: May 17, 2014 12:28 PM

    Responsible for your own actions? Jimbo must be a conservative.

  6. woebegong says: May 17, 2014 12:38 PM

    He is going to miss football games?
    As for stealing something not everybody has. I grew up in a pretty poor family and didn’t know my real father but the man that raised me, in spite of my mother, taught me right from wrong. It carried on in my adult life and throughout my military career. I am hardly uninformed by any means. I simply know what is right and what is wrong. To dismiss what he did and say it is basically trivial, in most cases empowers the offender to think he will get away with similar things in the future. What will it be next time? It is time for the kid to grow up and his coach should make him pay a penalty for the dishonor he has brought to his university and his team mates and coaches. Sit his butt on the bench for a couple of football games, and put him on a short leash.

  7. mauldawg says: May 17, 2014 12:50 PM

    Now if Jimbo would only live up to what he says. JW will not miss a game even though he is a thug.JW will not make it thru this year with out be caught doing somethine else wrong. Once a thug always a thug. His Mom and Dad did not do their job in teaching him right from wrong. Now they want someone else to do it. In this case I would bet the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.

  8. nickmiller63 says: May 17, 2014 1:03 PM

    Rape is not innocuous, and neither is theft. Half of his four brushes with the law are thus better described as “serious.”

  9. buk06 says: May 17, 2014 1:04 PM

    Woefulbegong,

    The punishment was immediate…he was suspended during the season in which the offense occurred. So your suggestion is to not impose immediate consequences but to let him play baseball and wait until football season starts to suspend him? Ok, I see the type of intellect I’m dealing with here…No need to continue this conversation…

  10. teedraper says: May 17, 2014 1:10 PM

    Parents please take note: Jimbo Fisher & FSU coaches will come into your home & outright lie to you regarding how they’ll take care of your child.

  11. tigersfandan says: May 17, 2014 1:48 PM

    If he is supposed to responsible for his actions, how come he keeps basically getting away with things?

  12. canetic says: May 17, 2014 2:25 PM

    These are just the things he’s been caught doing. Imagine what he’s gotten away with.

  13. defeetrexryan says: May 17, 2014 2:45 PM

    How many times must it be said that you can take the kid out of the hood but you can’t take the hood out of the kid? He can’t help himself – it’s his nature.

  14. woebegong says: May 17, 2014 3:03 PM

    You are dealing with a intellect that you most likely have not studied for and do not possess but that is either here or there.
    How many games was he suspended then for the baseball season?
    This kid got off light both in the civil system as well as the school system. You might be willing to give him no punishment at all for all I know.
    Missing a couple of baseball games probably is not much of a big deal to him. Missing a couple of football games, might wake this kid up. He didn’t win a Heisman for baseball did he?
    People with your attitude make me damn glad I am 65 and have the wisdom that you so much need to get. Time may teach you but that’s a coin toss right now.
    Obviously, you feel somehow that you are superior and let me assure you, you aren’t to me, and no doubt any or at least most others on this blog.
    When you are mature enough to talk without resorting to childish put downs, perhaps we could discuss our different points of view. Until then, like you said, it is worthless to discuss anything with you.

  15. psly2124 says: May 17, 2014 3:17 PM

    How dumb and ignorant are you Winston, that you need your coach to tell you that you need to be responsible for your actions. I guess about as dumb as 52% of the population who voted for an idiot

  16. gatorfan1 says: May 17, 2014 3:37 PM

    Fisher thought he was talking into a Mic – then he realized it wasn’t a Mic and got off his knees and then said goodbye to Winston!

  17. goodfieldnohit says: May 17, 2014 4:38 PM

    This dude makes Johnny Manziel look like a Boy Scout.

  18. mcjon22 says: May 17, 2014 5:09 PM

    This is the hypocrisy of the society we live in. People hero worship these athletes and as soon as they do something wrong, they are screaming for blood. They are expected to be perfect role models. Why should they be held to a different standard then anyone else? You wouldn’t be punished by your employer for being investigated but never charged with a crime, why should a then 19 year old college student be?

    The only thing he has ever been charged for is petty theft. Yes, he’s had other run-ins with the law but you can’t punish someone for something he was never charged/convicted of. If any other business in this country did that, they’d be slapped with a lawsuit the next day.

    Right or wrong, things like this, and probably much worse, happen at every major program in the country. Anyone who thinks this is isolated to Winston or FSU or SEC programs is naive. No program is Lilly white.

    It’s not FSU or Jimbo Fisher’s job to play ethics police. At the end of the day, it’s nothing but a business. Anything short of a felony or drug abuse will be overlooked largely because they are mostly teenagers. Anyone that hasn’t come to this realization or is disappointed in this should probably stop following college athletics and sports in general.

    Athletes are not role models, nor should they be portrayed as such, or held to higher standards then you or I.

  19. psly2124 says: May 17, 2014 6:47 PM

    PAC man went years before he was actually charged with something too. To the other fool who said his baseball punishment is enough. So if another player did something in the off season would he be suspended by the football team. You bet he would. If you committed a crime on a weekend would you be charged. You bet you would. Fsu does not want to suspend him for fear of losing a game.

  20. mudhead123 says: May 17, 2014 7:28 PM

    If anyone has ever heard him talk this shouldn’t be a surprise. He is clearly uneducated and from a ghetto family

  21. tngilmer says: May 17, 2014 10:28 PM

    Its perfectly ok to be a thug rapist and thief as long as you are a championship football player, didn’t you know that?

  22. musketmaniac says: May 17, 2014 11:56 PM

    The f..ked thing about this conversation is that we live in modern age of super technology. How out of control was this in the good old days. before the internet, and camera phones. in the days where the law was bought ridiculously easy and cheap. How much was slid under the rug.

  23. peddealer says: May 18, 2014 12:08 AM

    Typical “Brotha” crap….

    If only the “white man” wasn’t holding him down he would be okay…

    Cause in da hood, keeping people accountable is called “snitching”
    Maybe in the 60′s snitches got stitches…

    Now they get 6 foot graves, and crying Moms…

    Personal Accountability is a rare trait in people of blackened skin… I.E. Raising your 7 kids by 6 different women

  24. florida727 says: May 18, 2014 9:43 AM

    Fan rooting interests aside, is there really anyone out there that does NOT think a proper punishment would include game suspensions?

    Think about it: you want to change someone’s behavior, take away (as punishment) the thing that means the most to them. In his case, playing sports… football AND baseball.

    Absent a significant punishment, does anyone REALLY expect him to change his behavior? Like it or not, star athletes are treated differently. They’re catered to, often times to an extreme. Is it really any wonder that act the way they do… carrying guns, mistreating women, stealing things, the list is freaking endless. Why? Because they’re never held truly accountable for their actions. Why? Because they generate too much money for, in this case, the university. In other cases, for a pro franchise owner.

  25. noles44 says: May 18, 2014 5:54 PM

    FSU isn’t the only school with problems! Half the Gator team smokes weed, Auburn scandal with Cam and his daddy, the list goes on !

  26. musketmaniac says: May 18, 2014 6:04 PM

    In today’s society if I was a coach, I’d pray that my players were home smoking weed

  27. onlyoneleft says: May 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    His father and Fisher have, both, contributed to his delinquency. Winston will learn nothing from either one.

  28. kaspauf says: May 19, 2014 9:31 AM

    noles44:

    So go pointing the finger at other schools because that solves the problem right? Cam Newton was suspended for the rest of the season after stealing the laptop and throwing it out the window when the officials came to retrieve it. He transferred to Blinn and we know how the story goes ( the whole money deal between MSU and AUB is he said she said at this point, I feel more should have been done but that is a moot point now). He was disciplined but since he wasn’t the star player at the time it wasn’t a big deal but since it is fsu’s star player why isn’t he being punished? You tell me 3 games in a baseball season is worth anything well you are wrong since it was ‘in season’. I am not a fan of uga but their players have been suspended for the opening of a season due to what they did in the off season so that whole reasoning I am hearing is flawed as well. Bottom line, if you don’t punish these kids by taking away something they enjoy and for some their ticket to the next level, this behavior will continue whether you are an athlete at UF, FSU, UGA, AUB etc.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: May 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    What is it about this story that just brings out the racists…?

    The worst part of that racist rant up there is that it got 9 thumbs up….

  30. phinfanatic84 says: May 19, 2014 5:19 PM

    Jimbo should have told Mr. Winston that he had the first 19 years of his son’s life to teach him to be responsible for his own actions. At this stage of his life, if he hasn’t learned right from wrong then he’s in trouble when his athletic skills deteriorate.

  31. dhardy8207 says: May 21, 2014 11:47 AM

    mcjon22 says;

    “Athletes are not role models, nor should they be portrayed as such, or held to higher standards then you or I.”

    ———————————————————-

    Well here lies the problem with this statement. No one is trying to hold Winston to a “higher standards than you and I”. Here is where FSU fans seem to miss the point. “You and I” would have been spoken to by the police immediately upon a possible sexual assault charge. You and I wouldn’t have been allowed to put baseball practice over speaking with the police about the events of the evening in question when the possible rape occurred. The SAO has already went on record to say that how that whole thing was handled was not protocol.

    “You and I” would have been charged in the BB gun incident with destruction of private property and at the very least had a hearing and ordered to pay restitution.

    “You and I” would have not received a “citation” for stealing seafood from Publix, no sir “you and I” would have been arrested for petty theft.

    What FSU fans refuse to admit is that anyone else would have not had so many runins with law enforcement and escaped charges. What Jimbo better concern himself with now is the message he and others in charge are sending the rest of the team, which is “if your out with Winston you better intervene and keep him out of trouble, if not you’ll end up taking a hit just so we can keep our star player squeaky clean”….

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