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Winston’s attorney: QB never notified or asked to attend hearing

Jameis Winston

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.

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29 Responses to “Winston’s attorney: QB never notified or asked to attend hearing”
  1. mcjon22 says: May 20, 2014 1:16 PM

    At this point…who cares?

  2. wde2010 says: May 20, 2014 1:24 PM

    I do their lying for Winston. The deserve what they get!

  3. gatorcheme says: May 20, 2014 1:42 PM

    wde2010 says:
    May 20, 2014 1:24 PM
    I do their lying for Winston. The deserve what they get!

    Yeah, well, the only problem with THAT is that they are not accused of lying. Rather, they’re accused of improper conduct that night based on their testimony, which will only serve to enforce a ‘code of silence’ to eyewitnesses in future investigations such as this.


  4. goodfieldnohit says: May 20, 2014 1:48 PM

    That Manziel guy is out of control though!

  5. gatorfan1 says: May 20, 2014 2:18 PM

    This is going to get very interesting. FSU dropped an investigation against Winston because he refused to cooperate and answer questions whereby the university dropped the inquiry.

    Now he and the school are in a situation where FSU needs to finish an investigation per Federal Law Law guidelines. If FSU cannot resolve this, then there will be an awful lot of heat put on FSU administrators, and a Federal inquiry will begin in ernest. I do not believe by FSU’s own policy a student can refuse to be involved in this kind of investigation.

    Obviously for legal reasons his lawyer is advising Winston not to talk, but I would assume that his non-cooperation with the school is a violation of the student handbook.

    Don’t be surprised if FSU has to release him from his scholarship down the line.

  6. wadaea says: May 20, 2014 2:18 PM

    Jimbo Fisher is turning into another Joe Paterno.He knows Jameis is guilty but thinks his program is more important.

  7. mogogo1 says: May 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    “In addition, Casher faces a charge for the videotaping.”

    I’d assumed the videotape was the ENTIRE problem. But they’re actually saying that the other guys simply being present while Winston and the girl had sex was a violation of the code of conduct. If they start expelling every student who was at home while his roommate had sex, they’re going to have lots of empty chairs in the classrooms.

  8. sammadison says: May 20, 2014 2:47 PM

    This is pretty ridiculous. So these guys come forward as witnesses so that their friend and teammate doesn’t get railroaded and now they are facing a possible expulsion.

  9. blacsun23 says: May 20, 2014 3:06 PM

    Really.. i mean really… i hate freaking gator fans. There is no evidence to support these allegations, hence the case being dropped by the state. This chick is clearly made a mistake by drinking to much that night . The fault is on her in my opinion. She can’t even remember where she was that night, how the hell does she remember whether she gave consent or not. Easy to say she didn’t give consent after the fact given our QB’s and team status, it just make sense to try turn a mole hill to a mountain… but this is complete BS at this point…Sheesh!

  10. fsufan73 says: May 20, 2014 3:09 PM

    Get over it,she lied to the police said she did not know who it was then tell’s friend’s she was hit then said the guy was 5ft9.all she want’ sis money…

  11. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 3:11 PM

    sammadison says:
    May 20, 2014 2:47 PM

    This is pretty ridiculous. So these guys come forward as witnesses so that their friend and teammate doesn’t get railroaded and now they are facing a possible expulsion.

    While he is off playing baseball, reaping none of the repercussions of any of this….

  12. blacsun23 says: May 20, 2014 3:14 PM

    You shouldn’t have repercussions with no charges… Lol

  13. imaduffer says: May 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    So, if Fred and Barney watch Wilma and Betty have sex, do they get kicked off the bowling team?

  14. kaspauf says: May 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    Great example being set when a schools’ star player has his attorney’s name on a first name basis with the college football landscape *slow clap*

  15. stopthemadness101 says: May 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    So frickin stupid.

  16. musketmaniac says: May 20, 2014 4:41 PM

    That’s all you people have to say. He thought he recorded consensual sex, than deleted it. sound like by the time he sobered up and watched what he recorded, it no longer looked like consensual sex. or that’s what the team’s lawyer decided the next day.

  17. Deb says: May 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    None of this makes sense. No matter what anyone thinks of Jameis Winston, he has a Constitutional right to remain silent. He never has to answer any questions about that night. He doesn’t have to cooperate with police or university officials if doing so is against his own legal interests. Neither do the other players. If they suspend him for refusing to speak, they can and should be sued. College campuses are not Constitution-free zones.

    Apparently the other guys are in trouble for admitting they videotaped a sex act, which violates campus rules–even though they no longer have the footage. They should have legal counsel.

    No one wants football players getting away with crimes just because they play football. But no one should want football players being railroaded just because they play football either. So far the only EVIDENCE is that EVERYONE behaved badly that night. That doesn’t mean anyone belongs in prison for 30 years or deserves to be suspended.

  18. rolltide510 says: May 20, 2014 5:08 PM

    Right Deb. You know what innocent people do? Make efforts to prove their innocence. You know what guilty people do? They shut up and refuse to say anything.

  19. musketmaniac says: May 20, 2014 5:25 PM

    Deb, your right. but I think more people are upset with the actions of the university.

  20. Deb says: May 20, 2014 5:26 PM

    rolltide510 …

    You’re very naive about the criminal justice system. Perhaps I’m hyper-aware because my work has brought me into contact with a lot of people who’ve been wrongly convicted–and my brother and sister-in-law are criminal defense attorneys. But even without that, it just strikes me as colossally stupid to start running your mouth without counsel.

    Maybe you never read the news. But the papers are filled with cases of folks who were convicted without a shred of evidence other than their own statements, which were twisted and used against them after hours of interrogation–only to have DNA evidence later prove they didn’t do the crime.

    Statements by the accused are especially critical in a he said/she said case like this where both agree sex occurred. He says it was consensual and she says it wasn’t. What we know is that she willingly left the bar with three men and that she had more than one man’s DNA in her panties and on her face but is only accusing one man of vaginal rape. NOTHING he says beyond “It was consensual” can help him. No, matter how innocuous it seems, it can be used against him.

    I keep telling people to go to the Web site of The Innocence Project and read some of the hundreds of case files, but they just think that’s dumb because the innocent always run their mouths until they clear themselves. Uh-huh. Sure hope y’all never get accused of anything. You’ll be in for a rude awakening.

  21. Deb says: May 20, 2014 5:28 PM

    @musketmaniac …

    I think so, too. Don’t know if FSU has a history of looking the other way with players. I’ve only been paying attention to this situation.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 5:38 PM


    Your comment assumes the world is black and white….

    The world is gray.

  23. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 5:38 PM

    ^^^ And the shade of gray con be easily manipulated by lawyers.

  24. blacsun23 says: May 20, 2014 5:54 PM


    You make great points. I wouldn’t even say anyone behaved badly other than some underage drinking. I see someone trying to capitalize on a opportunity (regardless of the morality) whether it be the accuser or these FSU haters.

  25. musketmaniac says: May 20, 2014 6:43 PM

    Question for those of you, who have been following this seriously. The erased video bothers me. If you erase a photo from a camera, there is technology that can retrieve it. there is also time stamps with many cell phone functions. Has anybody tried to retrieve this information, if retrievable.

  26. Deb says: May 20, 2014 7:18 PM

    @musketmaniac …

    My impression in reading the police interviews was that he erased the tape before the rape allegation was made and mentioned it to the cops thinking he should have saved it. They were all drinking and acting like fools, so he probably saw having sex and thought it would be funny to record them. Then he felt stupid and erased it. Now apparently just mentioning that he recorded the woman without her permission has gotten him into hot water.

    It’s not retrievable if it’s been recorded over.

  27. musketmaniac says: May 20, 2014 8:09 PM

    There are many reasons to erase that content the next day. Girlfriend,remorse,bad quality. It’s stuff like this, that will justify doubt for a long time.

  28. general74 says: May 21, 2014 12:03 PM

    mogogo1 the players are not in trouble because they were home while sex was going on they are in trouble because they watched the sex going on creating an intimidating or embarassing environment. If they would have stayed in the living room while Winston was having sex there would be no issue.

  29. mrba4775 says: May 21, 2014 2:38 PM

    I thought Winston was 6-4, she 1st said the so-called rapists was 5-9. What about her boyfriend who was uncooperative during the investigation?

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