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Jameis Winston accuser reportedly has left school

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateThe woman accusing Jameis Winston of sexual assault has left school at Florida State University, per a report.

TMZ says the accuser had been attending school at FSU until last week, when word of the investigation emerged. She left school after deciding it wasn’t in her best interest to be around campus.

Winston’s attorney said Thursday that the Seminoles quarterback had sex with the woman, but he said it was consensual.

“We are not surprised with the results of the DNA,” Winston’s attorney said at a press conference Thursday, per USA Today. “We voluntarily submitted to a DNA. The only thing we are surprised by is it was leaked out by law enforcement. The question the people should ask is, why is it being leaked? For what purpose?”

[Previously: DNA from accuser’s underwear reportedly matches Jameis Winston’s]

The attorney for the accuser released a statement on Wednesday in which she said local police warned her against accusing Winston of rape because Tallahassee is a big football town.

DNA from accuser’s underwear reportedly matches Jameis Winston’s

Jameis WinstonThe DNA taken from the underwear of the woman accusing Jameis Winston of sexual battery matches with the DNA of the Florida State quarterback, according to a report.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that a DNA analysis conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday showed that the DNA taken from the woman’s underwear matched the DNA sample provided to them by Winston. ESPN adds that the “Florida state crime lab determined that the chances of the DNA in the woman’s underwear are a match for someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion.”

The DNA sample from the woman’s underwear was obtained using a sexual assault kit on Dec. 7 2012, the day the accuser says she was sexually assaulted. Winston recently was swabbed for his sample.

It’s important to note that Winston’s DNA sample matching the accuser’s does not mean he sexually assaulted her.

There are actually two stories going on here.

The first concerns the sexual assault. Was the woman sexually assaulted, and was she sexually assaulted by Winston?

The second concerns the investigation. Was the accuser was discouraged by law enforcement from pursuing the case, as she alleged in a statement from her attorney? Both scenarios are extremely troubling.

The alleged assault occurred last December, but the case was said to have transitioned from open-active to open-inactive in February. Tallahassee interim police chief Tom Coe said the accuser stopped cooperating with police in February, but through her attorney, the accuser says she was discouraged from continuing with the case. The case was essentially re-opened last week because they received new evidence.

Florida’s state attorney, William Meggs, says he did not hear about the case until last week. Meggs told ESPN that his office would ultimately decide whether it believes it has sufficient evidence to charge Winston with a crime.

Alleged Jameis Winston victim says she was raped; police warned her against pursuing charges

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateThe alleged victim who claims she was sexually assaulted by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston released an alarming statement through her family’s attorney on Wednesday. According to the release, the victim identified Winston as her attacker in January after she was “raped by an unknown person” on Dec. 7, 2012. From that point, she claims authorities discouraged her from pursuing charges against the freshman phenom.

“We requested assistance from an attorney friend to interact with law enforcement on the victim’s behalf,” the victim’s family said in a statement, via the Tampa Bay Times. “When the attorney contacted Detective (Scott) Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”

The family also alleged that Angulo refused to collect Winston’s DNA or interview his roommate, who is said to have witnessed the attack. Angulo allegedly stated that “such activity would alert Winston and the matter would go public.” The family claims it repeatedly attempted to obtain blood work results from Angulo and the Tallahassee Police Departments victim advocate and was led to believe that only law enforcement was aware of the alleged crime.

Instead, the victim’s family says the victim was “devastated” last week when she learned that investigators had informed Winston of the accusations last February. The family is shocked that Winston’s defense will have been given this much time to prepare its case, time they say was not given to the state attorney’s office. The statement ended with questions that the family wants answered now that the case has gone public against their will.

The questions dealt with why DNA evidence wasn’t collected and why Winston was not interviewed as part of a proper investigation. They also want to know why Winston was not listed as a suspect in the police report once the victim identified him in early January. In addition, the victim’s family is asking why a copy of the police report was given to the Florida State Police Department when Winston’s attorney represents the school’s football team.

There are two sides to every story, but the victim’s side clearly makes things look very ugly for all of those involved. If it is determined that the victim was discouraged from pursuing the case because Winston is a prominent athlete, there could be a massive investigation.

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.

For more stories from our police blotter, click here.

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Photos: Jameis Winston’s girlfriend is Rice basketball player Breion Allen
GIF: Jameis Winston squints while playing rather than wearing contact lenses
Jameis Winston: Miami can be ‘big brother’ in FSU-Miami rivalry

Jameis Winston does not wear contact lenses when playing, was squinting

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Jameis Winston is a fantastic quarterback despite not having his best vision when he plays football.

When Florida State played Miami on Saturday in Tallahassee, one of the side-stories the ABC announcers kept mentioning was how Winston does not wear his contact lenses when he plays. Winston apparently wears contacts the rest of the time but does not like to wear them when he plays.

Throughout the game, Winston could be seen struggling to read the play calls from his coaches on the sidelines. He was shown repeatedly squinting.

If he struggles to see play calls on the sidelines, you have to wonder how sharp his vision is making reads down the field.

As someone who had poor vision before getting LASIK surgery, I can tell you my vision always got drastically worse at night, so I imagine that must be the case with Winston. If he doesn’t like wearing contacts when he plays, maybe he should consider getting surgery or — gasp! — bringing back the Eric Dickerson goggles!

If Winston does get contacts for games, he would be following the lead of a Boston Red Sox player who did and then had success in the World Series.

GIF via SB Nation

Jameis Winston says Miami Hurricanes can be the big brother in rivalry

Jameis WinstonFlorida State and Miami are both undefeated entering Saturday’s game between the teams in Tallahassee, but there’s no doubt who’s expected to win. The Seminoles are favored by 21 points, which is the largest spread for two top-10 teams meeting this late in the year since 1980, per pregame.com. Even though FSU is favored by a large margin in the game, Winston is deferring to the Canes’ historical edge in the series in giving them respect.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the big game, Winston said Miami can be the big brother in the series.

“It’s more of like a brotherly game,” Winston said of the game. “Miami is obviously down south and it’s a big rivalry. But it’s like we’re going to be in the backyard playing against each other and we want to beat our brother. If they want to be the big brother we want to be the little brother. It’s still a friendly competition.”

The ‘Noles have won the last three meetings and six of the last eight between the teams, but Miami leads all time 31-26 and has five national championships compared to FSU’s two. That’s probably why Winston says Miami can be the big brother.

Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly transcribed Winston’s words as “beat the little brother” when he said “be the little brother,” which is the complete opposite. Winston was respecting Miami’s history in the rivalry rather than disrespecting it. We apologize for the error and creating the perception that Winston slighted Miami when he didn’t.

Jameis Winston girlfriend is Breion Allen, a Rice basketball player

Jameis Winston girlfriend Breion Allen

Jameis Winston has become one of the top quarterbacks in college football, and his girlfriend is also a notable athlete.

Winston’s girlfriend is Breion Allen, who is a sophomore guard at Rice University. Allen is from Hoover, Alabama, while Winston is from nearby Bessemer and went to Hueytown for high school.

The two have been together since at least their senior year of high school. A 2011 Al.com feature on Winston discussed Jameis’ first name and noted that Allen was one of the few people who called him “Jameis.” Mostly everyone else called him “Jaboo,” leading Winston to note that most people in town probably didn’t even know his real name. In that article, Winston said he wanted everyone to call him Jaboo, but apparently something changed because the national media calls him “Jameis.”

Allen averaged 2.1 points in 9.4 minutes per game as a true freshman last season. She was named to the Conference USA honor roll. Similarly, Winston achieved a 4.0 GPA in high school and has been lauded for his smarts off the field.

Jameis redshirted last season but has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country this season. Additionally, he was a stud baseball player and drafted by Texas Rangers in the 15th round last year. He could throw a football 73 yards in 10th grade, was clocked at 92-93 mph on his fastball in high school, and he ran a 6.59 in the 60. He also hit .424 with seven home runs as a senior. He batted .235 in 41 games for the Seminoles as a freshman last season and posted a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings.

Though Winston and Allen are far apart during college, they appear to have remained close. Winston hasn’t tweeted since early August, but one of those Twitter exchanges were with Breion.

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