Somewhere in America, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods are having a champagne toast. Almost a year to the day that the initial police report was filed, State Attorney Wille Meggs has announced Florida State University redshirt freshmen quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged for sexual assault.
“We’ve carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case,” Meggs said.”We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction. After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”
Holy. Titballs. Batman.
An FSU female student reported to the Tallahassee Police Department in December 2012 that she was sexually assaulted, identifying Winston as her assailant (a month after the initial report). Tallahassee police have been under extreme criticism, from the on-again, off-again investigations, to claims that the department even covered up a rape. State police took over the investigation about three weeks ago, finding DNA samples that showed the accuser had contact with two males that evening, one being Winston. Winston claimed that it was consensual, the woman says she had proof otherwise. However, there is not enough evidence to bring this case to court, and Winston is free.
It’s worth mentioning that voting for the Heisman trophy ends December 9th, a mere four days away from today. Winston is favored to win the award, being the first Seminole to take home the trophy since Chris Weinke. Also, as I’m SURE I do not need to mention, Winston has been the key to FSU’s success, being the reason they are undefeated as well as ranked No. 1 in the country. Had Winston been charged with these allegations, he would have been benched in this weekend’s ACC Championship, putting Florida State’s BCS National Championship in jeopardy. In the statement presented today, Meggs noted that the announcement had nothing to do with the Seminole’s postseason hopes or Heisman voting. He also made clear that the case was handled the same as all cases of that nature are, not giving any mind to the fact that the suspect was a successful quarterback.
Look, I’m not saying the police dropped the ball, or that the statement could not come at a better time for young Winston. Y’all can fight it out and think what you want, all I know is that I cannot WAIT for Law & Order: SVU to base an episode of this debacle.