Jameis Winston reportedly being investigated for sexual assault

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateWith the way Florida State is rolling, the last thing they need is legal trouble surrounding their most valuable player. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has taken the nation by storm, demolishing everything in his path and putting the Seminoles in position to contend for a BCS National Championship. On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Winston is currently being investigated for sexual assault.

Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that a woman filed a sexual assault complaint against Winston with the Tallahassee Police Department on Dec. 7, 2012. The woman claimed that the attacker used “physical force” and that the motive for the crime was “sexual gratification.” The victim also claimed alcohol was involved before the incident took place.

According to TMZ, the police report states that police were called at 4:01 a.m. on the day in question. Photos were taken of the alleged victims injuries and physical evidence was reportedly collected. The incident report, which can be read at Deadspin, does not mention Winston by name and describes the suspect as between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 and 240 pounds. Florida State’s athletic media guide lists Winston as 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds.

Florida State athletic director Rob Wilson said in a statement that there has been no change to Winston’s status and that neither the team nor Winston will be commenting on an open investigation.

“Because the investigation has not been closed by TPD, we cannot comment further at this time,” the statement said, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. “We look forward to a speedy resolution of the issue. … Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Jameis will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution

TMZ reported that Winston has already been interviewed by investigators, but Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen said that is not true.

“This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we’re not sure why it’s opened up,” Jansen said. “We’ve been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.”

This is certainly a situation worth monitoring, as Winston has become arguably the biggest story in college football this season and is a definite Heisman Trophy candidate.

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  • autigers2010champs

    This is one strange story.

  • dejay Goodman

    “Innocent until proven guilty.” I do believe–Mr Roberts of ESPN– that this is the law in America. For you, Mr. Roberts, to act as if this law has changed or that the Heisman is above the law is revolting. Mr. Roberts, your statements were irresponsible and a bit “far reaching.” If you want Jonny Manziel to win the Heisman, so be it., But to say you will not vote for Jameis Winston because he has chosen to exercise his constitutional rights and not allow himself to be apart of some “fishing expedition” concerns me more than long duration between the incident and ‘pending investigation.” Mr. Roberts, perhaps you too should be concerned about the “timing” of this investigation as well. Furthermore, I don’t think it would be appropriate to run to the police every time someone “accused” you of a wrong doing. If you feel you were violated , file charges and let’s go for it…but in the court of law. Thus charge Jameis Winston and only then shall we talk…but again in the court of law. Mr. Robert, you have convicted this young man, yet no charges have been filed. IF Jameis Winston was wealthy, this could be a law suit against you and ESPN. It’s call “defamation of character.” Nevertheless, Mr. Roberts, you are on the voting committee for the Heisman and I suppose you think you now sit to the right of our Father which is in heaven. Moreover, this alleged event was over a year ago. To bring these charges up during this time of this young man’s life, is not only suspect, but pathetic. Perhaps this is Jonny Manziel’s way–due to having money, and most importantly, questionable antics this year–throwing dirt on his competition? Heisman committee member or not, Mr. Roberts, you are not GOD!!!