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Report: Jameis Winston stopped by police at gunpoint, handcuffed during 2012 incident

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After a couple of months of relative quiet, Jameis Winston is back in the headlines for an off-the-field incident — from a couple of years ago.

According to a report from Rachel Axon of USA Today, the Florida State quarterback, along with teammate Chris Casher, was stopped by university police at gunpoint during an incident in November of 2012.  Winston was observed brandishing what one witness described as a long-barreled handgun on a hiking trail; it turned out to be a pellet gun.

Winston and Casher claimed that they were shooting squirrels with the pellet gun and informed people along the trail of the type of weapon they were carrying.

After the police officer “drew my firearm from its holster and pointed it at the suspects with my finger outside the trigger guard,” the two players were handcuffed and briefly detained. They weren’t arrested, charged or issued citations — FSU’s Code of Conduct prohibits possession of weapons, including pellet guns, on campus — and were released shortly after the incident began.

The pistol and pellets, however, were confiscated.

Oddly enough, that incident occurred a few hours before the continuation of an ongoing BB gun “battle” involving Winston and other Seminole football players that ended up causing more than $4,000 worth of damage.  The players made restitution and no charges were ever filed.

Those are two of what have been a handful of legal run-ins for Winston during his brief time in Tallahassee.

In July of 2012, Winston was accused of stealing soda from a Burger King, although no charges were filed  Late last year, he was investigated for the alleged rape of an FSU student in December of 2012; it was determined there wasn’t enough evidence in that case to pursue an indictment.

Then, in April of this year, Winston was cited for shoplifting seafood from a local grocery store.

Earlier this month, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner addressed his much-discussed incidents and acknowledged that he needs to be more accountable for his off-field actions.

“I’ve got to hold myself to a certain standard that the media may view me in, that the regular people may view me in, but I know I can do that because I’ve learned the true definition of being a leader and being a leader on and off the field,” the redshirt sophomore said during the ACC Media Days. “As a leader for the Florida State Seminoles, I not only have to respect the name on the back of my jersey, but I have a great university that is looking for me to be a great student athlete, and more importantly I have teammates that are counting on me.

“Accountability is something that’s very important to me, and so, yes, I have learned, and I’ve learned that leadership is more important playing the quarterback position than anything else.”

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55 Responses to “Report: Jameis Winston stopped by police at gunpoint, handcuffed during 2012 incident”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    There will never be another 2 time Heisman winner…

  2. fatcamper says: Jul 30, 2014 1:46 PM

    Even as an adult I can admit that bb gun fights are just plain fun. The rape allegations are a bit unnerving, but the rest of this stuff seems inline with typical college guys. Hopefully he grows out of it like the rest of us did.

  3. willjasper says: Jul 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    So much talent… not so much common sense.

  4. tgaustin says: Jul 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    Can’t believe Mack passed up on Johnny and Jameis!!

  5. ttalarico says: Jul 30, 2014 1:58 PM

    Boy, what a surprise!!

    Imagine that happening to a nice boy like Jameis??

    @fatcamper – I never had a BB gun fight in college. Nor did I cause $4,000 in damages in college. I never was handcuffed and had weapons drawn on me in college. I never shoplifted in college.

    If you think this is inline with typical college guys, then can we assume you must have gone to FSU??

    At least you think rape is a “bit unnerving”!

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:59 PM

    people are reaching WAY too much trying tto dig up dirt on son.

  7. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:01 PM

    The kid is from AL and people are shocked he was shooting squirrels with a pellet gun (in squirrel hunting season btw).

    I have to ask why CFT stooped to TMZ-ish levels of “Jameis Winston stopped by police at gunpoint, handcuffed during 2012 incident”

    What an effin joke. The guy had a pellet gun in the park, and y’all make it out to be a major police standoff.

    Have yall become that desperate for clicks?

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 2:17 PM

    tgaustin says:
    Jul 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    Can’t believe Mack passed up on Johnny and Jameis!!
    _________________

    It got him fired….

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 2:19 PM

    jimmy53 says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:01 PM

    The kid is from AL and people are shocked he was shooting squirrels with a pellet gun (in squirrel hunting season btw).
    __________________

    There’s a season for hunting squirrels….?

  10. rolltide510 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:21 PM

    I’ll tell you, it’s kind of a tragedy we don’t get a Winston & Casher reality TV show. Picturing days of BB gun fights and running trains on passed out girls followed by wholesome seafood dinners.

  11. gatorfan1 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:30 PM

    What I want to know – who the “F” is protecting Winston from the TPD. This is the 2nd incident that has taken over a year or so to get out.

    Any other incident like this would have hit the media?? Very puzzling and disturbing.

    Plus, this was hours from him being involved in shooting out $4,000 in windows. Shooting squirrels my a**.

  12. tigersfandan says: Jul 30, 2014 2:47 PM

    I’m rather amazed it took so long for this to get out.

  13. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:49 PM

    Good job bringing up OLD, resolved stuff from his past. Besides Campus PD = Rental cops.

    Slow news day huh?

  14. wadaea says: Jul 30, 2014 2:57 PM

    Did any of you listen to his dad say its the universty responsibilty to make him behave. you can always tell how someone has been raised.

  15. noleitup says: Jul 30, 2014 3:04 PM

    @ttalarico

    “I never was handcuffed and had weapons drawn on me in college.”

    Well, you probably went to college before all these loonies started just walking on to campuses and going into Rambo mode. I’d bet you’re not black either. Thumbs down all you want but the same people saying I’m an idiot know d@mn well its true.

    This was just idiot kids being idiots and nothing more.

  16. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:23 PM

    Gatorfan, at least he wasnt shooting humans like Hernandez.

    And we didnt cover it up by making him sound like a choir boy like your boy Urban Meyer did.

  17. Stephanie says: Jul 30, 2014 3:29 PM

    One of these incidents (other than an accusation of rape, twice) might very well be considered immaturity. But the record as a whole points to an entitled idiot who thinks he’s above the law a and any other authority. It’s sad at best. At worst, he’s a sociopath.

  18. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:31 PM

    gatorfan1:

    You realize that there is absolutely NOTHING illegal about having a pellet gun on an outdoor trail—in fact, legally speaking, it is completely legal to shoot squirrels without a license at all times of the year if they’re considered a nuisance…

    So, what exactly should he have been arrested for there????

    What was he supposedly being protected for???

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 3:43 PM

    I’m sorry, I had to….

  20. Stephanie says: Jul 30, 2014 3:50 PM

    So was this on campus or in a park? The article seems to indicate campus, which means that your “he wasn’t doing anything wrong,” argument holds no water.

  21. gatorfan1 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:57 PM

    jimmy53

    Walking through a park at night shooting “nuisance” squirrels??? Several hours after he and FSU football players shot out $4,000 worth of windows. And I stand by my comment, no other major division athlete regardless of sport, that was detained by gun point, hand cuffed would not have been reported by the media nationally immediately! And if you read the article FSU does have a policy that no one is allowed to own a pellet gun. Another violation of the school handbook. Gee, I wonder if FSU will look at this!

    blacknole

    I figured Hernandez would come up. Not sure how that relates to Winston. Do some research on your own team, back in the early 80’s FSU had an offensive lineman who shot and killed someone outside a bar in Tallahassee. At least Hernandez left Florida before killing people!!!

    But I digress, this should be an issue for FSU fans because do you realize how close he probably was to getting shot & killed by the police? How many people have been shot & killed by police by accident for having fake guns.

    If that had happened, no one would have ever heard of the guy!! And you’re OK with that?

  22. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:23 PM

    blacknole

    I figured Hernandez would come up. Not sure how that relates to Winston. Do some research on your own team, back in the early 80’s FSU had an offensive lineman who shot and killed someone outside a bar in Tallahassee. At least Hernandez left Florida before killing people!!!

    But I digress, this should be an issue for FSU fans because do you realize how close he probably was to getting shot & killed by the police? How many people have been shot & killed by police by accident for having fake guns.

    ————————————————-

    Haha just like every other Gator fan, you choose to live in the PAST and bring up PAST history and PAST glory.

    You made it seem like Winston was out to shoot people when it was shown that he wasn’t, whereas Hernandez was. That’s how they relate.

    Besides it’s campus police not TPD or the FBI.

    Non-story.

  23. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:28 PM

    At least Hernandez left Florida before killing people!!!

    —————————————————–

    That makes it better?? HAHAHAHA ok.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    blacknole08 says:

    You made it seem like Winston was out to shoot people when it was shown that he wasn’t
    ____________________

    The squirrel would beg differ….

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:46 PM

    Amazing how 4-8 seasons make certain people suddenly pious and indignant about the foibles of others. Anything to distract attention away from your own flaws, huh?

  26. gatorfan1 says: Jul 30, 2014 5:04 PM

    blacknole8

    Typical FSU fan! When confronted with your own dirty laundry, including murder, it’s in the past.

    You do realize Hernandez left Florida 5 years ago! That would make it in the past. Nice education at FSU.

    I would also like to point out that you guys are always talking about Winston doing innocent – college type fun things. It is very obvious from the report that he was out looking to shoot other windows out. When the police handcuffed him at gun point they obviously were unaware of the damage that had just occurred concerning the windows. If they had known, you can bet he would have been arrested on a felony charge. But hey it’s all innocent play causing $4,000 worth of damage.

  27. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2014 5:22 PM

    He was not on campus–this was a fact error by USA Today that has since been corrected.

    They also said the football doesn’t allow them to have weapons–which was a fact error. They’re not allowed to have them on campus, and they didn’t. I guess USA Today can’t be bothered to fact check their TMZ sensational click bait.

    Some of y’all are just trolling to troll. They didn’t break any laws at all…not one…zero…nada…so what are we talking about?

  28. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2014 5:30 PM

    Gatorfan1: no Gator needs to talk about players in trouble. But I guess when your team has a 4-8 record it’s a little embarrassing to actually talk football on a football site.

  29. tipstopten says: Jul 30, 2014 5:32 PM

    Jocks can do no harm, coaches, deans, sometimes
    the local police. When is this young kid going to
    grow up. Just another pampered jock.

  30. asimonetti88 says: Jul 30, 2014 5:58 PM

    I had pellet gun and paintball gun fights in college, but we never caused $4000 in damage with them. Or any damage for that matter. Other than bruised egos when you lost.

  31. musketmaniac says: Jul 30, 2014 6:02 PM

    Squirrel gravy is delicious, I bet Winston’s mom got a great recipe. she had to teach the young punk to cook, because it’s obvious that she didn’t teach him anything else.

  32. stopthemadness101 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:04 PM

    Rachel Axon (the author of this “news story” ) lives in Gainesville and has been digging for dirt on Jameis for a year. She’s even stooped to reaching out to people he went to high school with. So pathetic. Cheap click bait article and the Jameis haters are out in full force…

  33. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:29 PM

    gatorfan1 says: Jul 30, 2014 5:04 PM

    blacknole8

    Typical FSU fan! When confronted with your own dirty laundry, including murder, it’s in the past.

    You do realize Hernandez left Florida 5 years ago! That would make it in the past. Nice education at FSU.

    I would also like to point out that you guys are always talking about Winston doing innocent – college type fun things.

    ——————————————————————-

    You’re trying to bring up stuff that happened in the 80s, and I just turned 28. That’s the PAST my friend.

    Hernandez is facing some serious charges as we speak in two separate murders. You guys still claim Tebow after 5 years, well who did Tebow throw to? Just think, when you guys replay games from 07 to 09, you will hear Hernandez’s name on the end of big Tebow completions. Something to be celebrate I’m sure.

    As for Winston, FSU fans trolled him during crabgate too. Everything else was past stuff that was re-hashed during the peak of our championship run and his Heisman campaign.

    But hey, at lease we can laugh at ourselves. And Gator fans.

  34. gatorfan1 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:41 PM

    blacknole

    Hey numbnuts…just because you weren’t around makes no difference whether something is in the past. The past is the past – whether it was yesterday or 30 years ago.

    Please tell me you never took logic at FSU or maybe you did, that’s the problem!! So I guess nothing that happened in the world before your birth counts. Wow, what a dumba** comment!!

  35. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 8:31 AM

    “And if you read the article FSU does have a policy that no one is allowed to own a pellet gun. Another violation of the school handbook. ”

    If you read the article, it says it’s not allowed ON campus. The same article says “Deputy chief James Russell said FSUPD regularly patrols the bike trail and responded to the call because it was just off campus.”

    Off campus. On campus. These are two different things.

    Also:

    “At least Hernandez left Florida before killing people!!!”

    As far as you know. There’s already a report that he shot up some guys in a car while there. So, in that case, he easily could have killed people. WITH A REAL GUN.

    We might not ever know how many lives could have been saved if Urban hadn’t protected him. Just give it time, I wouldn’t doubt Hernandez’ killing spree involved Gainesville as well. If he had better aim, it already would.

  36. realfootballfan says: Jul 31, 2014 2:51 PM

    jimmy53,

    You know, those football players msut be out there causing problems. Also, for those bringing up the property damage. Do you even know what happened, or are you just stupidly slamming FSU and Winston because that’s what you do? If you want to know what they were doing, they had a BB gun fight at an abandoned apartment complex. That kind of makes it a whole different deal than what some of you idiots are portraying like they were in a residential neighborhood playing real life Call of duty. SMH. Stop reaching.

  37. ttalarico says: Jul 31, 2014 3:15 PM

    @realfootballfan

    How is that different exactly?

    The only difference is that there were no tenants that got hurt. Property was still damaged whether it was inhabited or not.

    And at this point does anyone have to reach when it comes to Winston?

  38. gatorfan1 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:46 PM

    realfootballfan:

    Where are you getting your info from. It was at their own apartment complex, not an abandoned! As a matte of fact, the complex manager wanted 4 FSU players evicted until the players handlers got involved and “supposedly” split the difference of $4200 among the players to pay back. The complex got paid back again “supposedly” by the players and the manager has now “conveniently” forgotten about the incident.

    When newspapers first contacted him last year for a comment, he at first said it happened before he got there. When it was presented to him that “his” name was on the police report, he then “couldn’t” remember and hung up!! Those are the real facts.

  39. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 3:56 PM

    I’m pretty sure he didn’t damage the windows on his own. It was a group. His share was probably a few hundred dollars. Doesn’t make it ok, but, HE didn’t damage 4k worth of windows.

    And I commend you on not having any issues in college. But, did you know of any students who did? Of course you did. College is filled with both mature and less mature, late teens and early twentysomethings. Drinking soda out of ketchup cup, shoplifting, BB guns. Absolutely stupid, immature things that should not go on.

    That said, I certainly don’t view him as crime wave, or a violent felon. But, I don’t think he’s a choirboy either. He’s an immature, entitled athlete who’s probably been coddled much of his life.

    And, after reading the actual and ENTIRE rape investigation report, I don’t think he committed a crime. In fact, I hope they sue him in civil court, because there’s plenty to come out that will not make her look so innocent. #cleatchasers. There’s some far more damning rape allegations out there, Lizzy Seeberg comes to mind. Heard of her?

  40. Stephanie says: Jul 31, 2014 3:58 PM

    Tread lightly, dude. See Smith, Stephen A.

  41. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 4:09 PM

    @Stephanie

    See: Lacrosse, Duke

  42. Stephanie says: Jul 31, 2014 4:11 PM

    Any suggestion that women provoke violent attacks is bull, regardless of their groupie status.

  43. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 4:19 PM

    I didn’t realize any violent attack was committed. When was he arrested?

    I’m alleging that she was a willing participant.

    Did you actually read the entire investigative report?

  44. Stephanie says: Jul 31, 2014 4:21 PM

    That’s why I’m not totally smacking you around on this and instead said to tread lightly. That “investigative report” (if we’re talking about the Winston case) was a farce. You sort of have to talk to the people involved to have an investigation.

  45. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 4:25 PM

    So, you read it? And, missed all the interviews?

    ok.

    Thanks for not “smacking me around”

    Ironically mention of violence is ironic. I thought you took such a thing seriously?

  46. Stephanie says: Jul 31, 2014 4:27 PM

    We must not be talking about the same report… you know, the one Title IX was looking at, where no one spoke to the victim at all?

  47. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 4:33 PM

    I’m missed where you were talking about Florida State University. That’s who was being investigated in the Title IX investigation, the school.

    I apologize for assuming we were talking about the rape allegation investigation of Jameis Winston. This was the topic of the article. Hence, my assumption. It’s several hundred pages long. Try it out sometime.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 31, 2014 4:35 PM

    Get this warped minded feminist nonsense outta here.

  49. Stephanie says: Jul 31, 2014 4:38 PM

    Yawn. Your strawman is lame. The Title IX investigation is into whether FSU and, by extension, the TPD, properly investigated the rape of a student by Jameis Winston. Either discuss the topic or play hide-and-seek with reality, but I’m not interested in games. Every non-Winston apologist KNOWS the “investigation” wasn’t worth the tissue it was sneezed into.

  50. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 4:43 PM

    So, you didn’t read it?

    So, apparently not only is TPD in on your alleged conspiracy, but, so much be Tallahassee Memorial and the nurse who did the rape kit, the FDLE who tested for being drugged, and the UF chem lab who retested.

    But, that cool. Why would you actually want to read the report, right? Concrete facts and tests might cloud your already biased mind.

  51. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 4:44 PM

    Wait, what topic? This article is about Jameis, and so was the report I mentioned. The one you mentioned is not. Stay on point.

  52. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 5:21 PM

    I read the whole thing…. and not through garnet colored glasses either…. and don’t tell me you don’t have garnet glasses because it’s impossible for you not to.

    There was definitely not enough evidence in the report for the SA to prosecute. But there for sure wasn’t enough evidence to exonerate him either. But in this country you’re innocent until proven guilty and lack of proof of innocence does not equate to guilt.

  53. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jul 31, 2014 5:29 PM

    “There was definitely not enough evidence in the report for the SA to prosecute”

    And that’s my point. Not to prosecute, and certainly not enough to convict.

    You are right about the glasses. But, I must say, I strongly support FSU kicking Greg Dent of the team, as well as his prosecution. From what I saw of his case, it far more clear and worthy of prosecution, and most likely, conviction. Believe or not, I don’t treat sexual assault lightly. But, I think Jameis’ accuser story stinks. I hope more truth comes out at the civil trial, if it makes it that far.

    FSU, and most bigtime D1 schools have bad apples. I’ve never claimed otherwise.

  54. mrba4775 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:34 PM

    Z Z Z this is old rehashed news. The media needs to let it go. Beating a dead horse, that’s no longer there. Wake me up when Winston slips on a banana peal.

  55. nolebucfan32 says: Aug 2, 2014 10:19 AM

    Half of my fraternity used to hunt small animals with pellet guns on campus. Several are now doctors and lawyers, and one even works in the Tallahassee State Attorney office. I guarantee if cops caught my white friends they would have been treated very differently than being held at gunpoint. Doubt a police report would have even been written.

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