With 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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