Jameis Winston accuser’s lawyer says Winston offered to pay alleged victim off

Jameis WinstonFlorida State is conducting an independent Title IX investigation of the Jameis Winston sexual assault case, and so far that has led to one thing — testy lawyers hurling accusations at one another.

In a letter informing FSU that Winston will cooperate with the investigation, the junior quarterback’s attorney, David Cornwell, told the school that Winston’s accuser demanded $7 million to keep quiet before going public with her accusations. The alleged victim’s attorneys fired back on Wednesday, claiming that Cornwell is the one who initiated a meeting to discuss a settlement.

“The facts that Mr. Cornwell chose not to disclose are that it was he himself who reached out to our client’s former counsel Patricia Carroll to discuss paying off our client,” the accuser’s Title IX lawyers said in a statement, per Rachel Axon of USA Today Sports. “Patricia Carroll didn’t’ even know who David Cornwell was until he called. Mr. Cornwell then himself flew down from Atlanta to negotiate with Ms. Carroll.

“Settlement discussions were immediately unproductive as Cornwell was crude and insulting going so far as to say ‘your client likes to (expletive) football players.’ When told that the client’s main concern was not money but that Winston be held accountable for his actions, Cornwell threatened to sue our client and her parents for civil racketeering in an effort to intimidate them into staying quiet.”

Someone is lying. It could be Cornwell, but he certainly isn’t backing down.

Yes, we live in a generation where lawyers use Twitter to take shots at each other over serious legal matters. Deal with it.

H/T Deadspin

Florida State served crab legs to recruits at Clemson game


Like any other powerhouse football program would have done, Florida State gave its top recruits the royal treatment when they visited Tallahassee last weekend to watch the Seminoles take on Clemson. According to offensive line recruit Matthew Burrell, the team treated prospective players to a gourmet spread at halftime that included — wait for it — some delicious crab legs.

“One of the best parts of the visit was the food with the crab legs,” Burrell said after his visit, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.com.

Of course, crab legs are right up there with filet mignon and lobster tails when it comes to fine dining. But thanks to Jameis Winston the delicacy has a very special meaning in the college football world. You might even say it would be a good idea for FSU to leave that off the menu to avoid the jokes.

Then again, this is the same university that thought having an “Ask Jameis Winston” session on Twitter would be a good idea.

For what it’s worth, Burrell also got to meet Winston and said he was an “awesome guy.” We’re guessing Burrell didn’t have the stones to offer him any crab legs, but that would have been legendary.

H/T Eye on College Football

Jameis Winston accuser reportedly wanted $7 million to go away

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston’s lawyer wrote in a recent letter to Florida State University that the woman who claimed she was raped by Winston offered to settle out of court for $7 million.

According to TMZ, the alleged victim’s lawyer, Patricia Carroll, demanded $7 million to settle her client’s claims against Winston and FSU and vowed that “you will never hear from my client or me again — in the press or anywhere” if the money was paid out. Winston’s attorney David Cornwell says he rejected the proposal and Carroll went to the media four days later.

Cornwell also told FSU in his letter that Carroll said Winston had to have raped her client because she would never sleep with a “black boy.” The alleged victim was dating a black male at the time.

Cornwell said Winston is willing to fully cooperate with FSU’s private investigation into the case but that the quarterback will not put himself into a situation where he is at risk of being extorted.

“Mr. Winston will cooperate with the Investigation. He looks forward to clearing his name,” Cornwell wrote. “But Mr. Winston will not walk into a honey trap. The investigation must be a legitimate investigation.”

Winston was cleared of sexual assault last year after prosecutors found a number of holes in the alleged victim’s story and discovered another man’s DNA on her clothing.

Jimbo Fisher: Jameis Winston dressing for game result of ‘miscommunication’

One of the more humorous moments from Florida State’s overtime win over Clemson on Saturday night was when Jameis Winston came out fully dressed in pads and went through pregame warm-ups with his Seminoles.

Apparently Winston didn’t get the memo that he was suspended for the ENTIRE game and thought it would be a good idea to prepare like he was actually going to play. In an embarrassing moment, coach Jimbo Fisher pulled Winston aside and told the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to change out of his pads. And that’s what Winston did.

On Monday, Fisher explained the nature of the “miscommunication” that resulted in Winston dressing for the game.

Jimbo Fisher Jameis Winston

“That was a miscommunication between us and the locker room because, with the late-night (full-game) suspension, he was scheduled to dress [Saturday] and the stuff was put out in the locker room when he went in to dress,” Fisher said Monday. “He assumed he was going to dress and do warm-ups and went out, and I never saw it. It got miscommunicated.

“[The equipment staff] probably should have never had it in the locker, and that’s exactly what happened. When we saw it, corrected it. He was great about it, went in and came back out and did what he was asked to do.

“That was our fault internally. We were making adjustments, moving around, and that was one part that slipped through the cracks,” Fisher said via ESPN’s Jared Shanker.

Is that really what happened? I think this is a case of Fisher covering for Winston by pinning the blame on the equipment staff. In the end, it really doesn’t matter. It was pretty silly of a player suspended for a full game to prepare like he was going to play … I’m not sure how else that needs to be interpreted.

Jameis Winston dresses for game; Jimbo Fisher tells him to change (Video)

Jameis-Winston-uniformJameis Winston was suspended for Florida State’s game against Clemson on Saturday night. That meant the Heisman Trophy winner wasn’t going to touch the field at all, regardless of how his team performed. Perhaps Winston didn’t understand that.

Prior to FSU’s overtime win, Winston dressed in his full uniform and pads and took the field for warmups. This seemed to irritate head coach Jimbo Fisher, who sent Winston back to the locker room and made him change.

Winston was initially suspended for one half for standing on an FSU campus table and yelling an incredibly immature phrase. The school later increased the punishment to a full game when it was determined that Winston was not entirely truthful when giving his account of what happened.

You can see why Fisher was angry. Winston just doesn’t seem to get it. While he might have thought dressing in full uniform showed support for his teammates, some would look at it as Winston wondering if there’s a chance he gets in the game. Players who are suspended and have no shot at playing don’t need to wear pads.

H/T Deadspin

Jameis Winston reportedly lied to Florida State about obscenity story

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston lied to Florida State about the obscenity story, leading the school to increase their punishment of him, according to reports.

On Tuesday, multiple students on FSU’s campus tweeted that Winston stood on a table in the middle of the student union and yelled out “f— her right in the p—y!”

A day later, Florida State announced that Winston would be suspended for the first half of the team’s game against Clemson. On Friday night, FSU released news that Winston would be suspended for the entire game.

CNN’s Rachel Nichols reported that the penalty was increased because Winston was not entirely truthful with the school.

FOX’s Bruce Feldman says the discrepancy has to do with where Winston was standing when he said the words.

Initially it was reported that Winston screamed the obscenity on top of a table in the student union, but tweets from students indicate he said the words repeatedly and in different parts of the campus:

Jameis Winston tweets

Winston entered the season as one of the top prospects for the NFL draft, but due to all his off-field issues, he’s likely dropping. One NFL scout was even recently quoted as saying Winston is a “fraud.” This story definitely won’t help the character concerns about the FSU QB.

NFL scout on Jameis Winston: He is a ‘fraud’

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston’s immature behavior is costing him in the eyes of NFL scouts.

Since the widely publicized sexual assault allegations he faced last year, Winston has continued to display poor behavior.

The Heisman Trophy winner was cited in April for stealing crab legs at a grocery store. He was suspended this week for the first half of Florida State’s game vs. Clemson because of an obscene phrase he yelled in the middle of campus. It also has been revealed that he stole soda and acted disrespectfully at a Burger King in July, 2013. He was also investigated in 2012 for his involvement in a BB gun fight that resulted in broken windows at an apartment complex.

What’s interesting is that Winston always seems to say the right thing to the public in his press conferences, and then he goes out and behaves like a complete imbecile. The quarterback’s tendency to say the right thing and act like a jerk when the media is not around led one NFL scout to call him a “fraud.”

Speaking in light of Winston’s suspension for yelling the obscenity this week, an NFL area scout told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that the incident will hurt the QB in the eyes of scouts.

“It’ll hurt him significantly,” the area scout told Breer. “Especially with all the stuff going on in the league. This may force him to stay another year to clean up his image. He’s a fraud. You can’t believe anything he says, because he keeps doing the same things over and over. In my mind, there are night-and-day differences between (Johnny) Manziel’s and his character concerns. Winston has some serious issues.”

Winston was projected to possibly be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft if he left school following the season. You have to wonder if he has scared away some teams with all the allegations he’s faced.