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Jameis Winston may be called as witness at teammates’ disciplinary hearing

Florida State v Florida

The fallout from rape allegations against Jameis Winston (pictured, right) that became public late last year — and the circus his life has become since — continues unabated, with a university disciplinary hearing serving as the latest potential ring for the three-ring, Heisman-winning quarterback.

An attorney for the woman who alleged Winston raped her in December of 2012, John Clune, confirmed to FOXSports.com Monday that Winston is expected to be in attendance at an FSU code of conduct hearing involving a pair of teammates, defensive end Chris Casher and defensive back Ronald Darby (pictured, center), Tuesday morning. Not only will Winston likely be in attendance, but he is expected to be called to testify.

“We’ve been told by the university that he’s going to be called as a witness,” Clune told the website. “We expect him to be called.”

Both Casher and Darby, Winston’s roommates, had previously given sworn affidavits that they had witnessed Winston having sex with the accuser, but swore under oath that they believed the encounter to be consensual. Casher also admitted that he had used a cell phone to tape a portion of the sexual encounter but later deleted it.

Both Casher and Darby — the former expected to be part of the Seminoles’ defensive line rotation in 2014, the latter a starter in FSU’s secondary — could be expelled from FSU for violating the school’s code of conduct, pending the outcome of the hearing.  The pair is officially 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 a charge for the videotaping.

In early December of last year, following a three-week investigation, the Florida State’s Attorney office announced that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that the sexual encounter between Winston and the alleged victim was not consensual, and that no charges would be filed against the player. The state’s attorney in charge of that investigation, William Meggs, was highly critical of the Tallahassee Police Department’s investigation into the alleged rape in a New York Times report, a report in which the university subsequently expressed its disappointment.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights had launched its own investigation into FSU’s handling of the case.  Another attorney for Winston’s accuser blasted the university in April for a Title IX investigation — a requirement under federal law when sexual assault is alleged — that was halted because Winston refused to cooperate.

While Winston did not face criminal charges in connection to the incident, the alleged victim is expected to pursue civil action against him as well as, potentially, FSU and the TPD.

Additionally, as FOXSports.com wrote, “Tuesday’s hearing also could have implications for Winston in relation to the federal probe.

If federal investigators conclude that Florida State administrators did not conduct a proper probe, they will work with school officials to make sure one is conducted. Though Winston would not face criminal charges because Florida prosecutors have already said there was not enough evidence to charge him, it’s possible he could still face discipline from the university, including expulsion.

Winston is coming off a suspension from the FSU baseball team after he received a misdemeanor citation for shoplifting nearly $33 in seafood from a grocery store.  The redshirt sophomore acknowledged in a subsequent apology that he was “in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach,” while head coach Jimbo Fisher stated that Winston has to be responsible for his own actions.

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20 Responses to “Jameis Winston may be called as witness at teammates’ disciplinary hearing”
  1. bsmb says: May 20, 2014 8:31 AM

    If Winston is guilty and doesn’t receive proper punishment he will surely pay for it down the road. Will probably enter the NFL, be a bust, spend all of his money right away, and be broke and damaged in no time. If he didn’t do it, he will hopefully live a nice life. Time will tell.

  2. kaspauf says: May 20, 2014 9:13 AM

    FSU wont expel him, they already have determined that stealing isn’t worth but sitting out a weekend series in a baseball game, one that he probably wouldn’t have even pitched all 3 days in. He is too much of a cash-cow for the school to take any kind of ‘real’ action against which is sending the wrong message.

  3. gatorprof says: May 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    Time to reload this…

  4. mikefoxtrottango says: May 20, 2014 9:54 AM

    I’d believe Jameis’ testimony. Wouldn’t you?

  5. seminolez says: May 20, 2014 10:07 AM

    kaspauf, it was only his first offense… do you propose chopping off his hands?

  6. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 10:26 AM

    So let me get this straight… Winston was the one accused of rape, but Casher and Darby are about to get expelled for… watching….

    And again, it appears that Winston will face little to no consequences for his actions.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 10:28 AM

    seminolez says:
    May 20, 2014 10:07 AM

    kaspauf, it was only his first offense… do you propose chopping off his hands?
    _________________________________

    Technically it wasn’t his first offense.

    He’s apparently now had 4 run ins with the law since he’s been on campus.

  8. phinfanatic84 says: May 20, 2014 10:28 AM

    Why would the guy delete the footage on his cell phone if it would have proved that the encounter was consensual? I guess a chic being passed out drunk and getting taken advantage of doesn’t look as good the 2nd or 3rd time watching it.

    karma will prevail in the end.. sucks that the other two are going to be falling on the sword for him but no way Florida State kicks their Golden Boy out of school unless their student body starts protesting. FSU handled the DA’s office but I’m not sure the federal probe will be as football friendly.

  9. kaspauf says: May 20, 2014 10:34 AM

    Seminolez: He has had 4 different issues with the law, regardless of who you are this kid is not going to learn anything if he continues to basically treated as untouchable in terms of his consequences for his actions. I think Jimbo said it right saying we can’t watch him 24/7 but FSU should take action. I made a point on different post yesterday about how Cam Newton stole a laptop and was suspended for the whole season but since he wasn’t the starter well it isn’t a big deal but since Jameis is the starter he is setting such a poor example by basically showing he can get away with little to no repercussions for what he is doing.

  10. rolltide510 says: May 20, 2014 10:57 AM

    “8to80texansblog says:
    May 20, 2014 10:26 AM
    So let me get this straight… Winston was the one accused of rape, but Casher and Darby are about to get expelled for… watching….”

    …And the Tallahassee Cognitive Dissonance express rolls on!

  11. jagtiger says: May 20, 2014 11:07 AM

    What a thug!

  12. seminolez says: May 20, 2014 11:28 AM

    it is crazy some of you would consider burger king calling the police over him for putting coke in a water cup an “offense”

  13. kaspauf says: May 20, 2014 11:40 AM

    Seminolez:

    So stealing food (crab legs in this case) after the NCAA issued that athletes can have ‘unlimited’ snacks? I really don’t get your logic at all and you really are proving that you don’t care what it takes to win even if it means letting someone get away with everything they do.

  14. rolltide510 says: May 20, 2014 11:55 AM

    Winston could go on a shooting rampage with an AK-47 in each hand and the response from Nole fans would look like this:

    “Lol at this non-story”
    “He’s young”
    “the AK-47s were registered in his name”
    “lol”
    “Some of ya’ll are making it out like he had a bazooka in each hand”
    “like nobody ever gets in trouble at your school”
    “The people he shot are just looking to get paid. SMDH”.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 3:13 PM

    ^^^^ So true

  16. seminolez says: May 20, 2014 4:05 PM

    rolltide510 thinks committing mass murder and shoplifting crab are comparable. is rolltide510 a secret crab person?

  17. rolltide510 says: May 20, 2014 4:55 PM

    “rolltide510 thinks committing mass murder and shoplifting crab are comparable”

    Right, I’m sure that’s what fans of the other 124 FBS schools took away from that comment too. Point = proven.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 5:21 PM

    @seminolez

    I’m not sure you could have proven @rolltide510’s point any better.

  19. noles44 says: May 20, 2014 5:44 PM

    It just gets worse, if we lose Casher and Darby, defense will take a hit for sure.

  20. dhardy8207 says: May 21, 2014 9:24 AM

    Whats going to turn out to bite FSU in the buttocks is that if these two players are expelled this will create some tension between Winston and other players. This sends the message that if other players are in his company and he breaks the law (althought to FSU fans its just silly, immature pranks) that anyone in his company at the time will hang for his actions and he’ll continue on his merry way of being the star of FSU….

    Thats a great way to promote team unity! Every player on the team must be willing to take a hit as long as their star QB is given immunity…

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