Of course, there’s yet another twist in the Jameis Winston soap opera.
Tuesday, it was reported that the Florida State quarterback was 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, Tuesday morning. Not only would Winston likely be in attendance, the report stated, but he was expected to be called to testify.
That, however, turned out to not be the case as the player’s attorney, Tim Jansen, told WCTV that “Jameis was never notified or asked to attend Tuesday’s hearing.” Instead, Winston, a member of the Seminoles baseball team, is currently in North Carolina to participate in the ACC stick-and-ball tournament.
Regardless of Winston’s non-participation, Casher and Darby could be facing some very serious repercussions for their alleged role in the allegations of rape levied against Winston.
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.
The two defensive standouts — 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.