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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

FSU's Winston investigated for sexual assault

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy, is the subject of an ongoing sexual assault investigation in Tallahassee.
Attorney Tim Jansen confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat on Wednesday that Winston, a redshirt freshman from Bessemer, Ala., was the subject of the investigation and said the player denies any wrongdoing.
“This case has been going on for over a year,” Jansen told the paper. “The case was basically closed, and we’re not sure why it’s opened up. We’ve been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies, and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.”
The investigation centers on a sexual assault reported early the morning of Dec. 7, 2012. Although nearly a year has passed, the case is still open, said Tallahassee police officer David Northway, a department spokesman.
“It is an active, ongoing investigation,” Northway said.
Florida State’s athletic department issued a statement Wednesday evening after multiple reports of the investigation surfaced and said Winston’s status on the team had not changed.
“We are aware of a matter that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department almost a year ago,” the statement said. “Because the investigation has not been closed by TPD, we cannot comment further at this time. We look forward to a speedy resolution of the issue. There is no change in Jameis Winston’s status. Coach Jimbo Fisher and Jameis will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution.”
According to a heavily redacted copy of the police report, which does not identify Winston, the victim alleged a sexual assault using force between 1:30 and 2 on that Friday morning.
Police officers responded to an apartment, where the victim described the attacker as standing between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 and weighing 240 pounds. The Florida State media guide lists Winston as 6-foot-4, 228.
The attacker was described as wearing jeans and a red T-shirt with straight brown hair and a muscular build.
The report also lists the suspect’s name as “unknown,” possibly indicating that the victim and the suspect did not have a prior relationship.
Numerous Heisman Trophy watchers have called Winston a front-runner. So far in 2013 – his first year as a starter – he has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 2,661 yards and 26 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also has three rushing touchdowns. He was asked after Wednesday night's practice how he deals with distractions.
“Just game planning every week," Winston told reporters. "We prepare like there’s nothing else to lose. We’re preparing for Syracuse and they have a good defense, they gave up three points the last three games, I believe. We’re just coming in, preparing and trying to do our job.”
Florida State, 9-0, currently sits No. 2 in both the BCS standings and the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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