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Friday, October 18, 2019

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Jameis Winston criticized for giving sexist speech to young children

Jameis Winston

Giving back to the community is always something NFL players should be proud of, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston may find himself taking a lot of heat over a portion of a speech he gave to a group of elementary school students this week.

Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times was in attendance Wednesday when Winston spoke for 40 minutes to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, Fla. Things started out great, with Winston encouraging the children to be positive, work hard in school and chase their dreams. But when Winston decided to give a short pep talk to only the young boys in the room, his message quickly became cringe-worthy.

Winston noticed that a few male students in the room looked bored, so he tried to capture their attention.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” he said. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”

Uh oh.

While it almost certainly was not his intention, Winston came off as incredibly sexist. One teacher, speech language pathologist Bonnie Volland, described how one of the young female students reacted.

“One of the girls turned around and looked at me and said, ‘I’m strong too,'” Volland revealed.

Jones said several adults in the room were “bothered” by what Winston said, though they chose not to comment on it publicly. Winston later admitted that he should have chosen his words more carefully.

“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention, and I didn’t want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up,” he said. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”

As Jones alluded to, Winston’s own history with a sexual assault scandal should have raised his awareness of stereotypes. Telling a room full of children that ladies are “supposed to be silent” is a troubling message. At the very least, the 23-year-old Winston has a lot to learn about public speaking.

You can see the video of Winston’s pep talk below:

Jameis Winston credits Chiefs’ ‘Warchant’ for helping him feel at home

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Kansas City Chiefs fans are fond of doing a “Warchant” that is eerily reminiscent of the one Florida State Seminole fans do. For Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, that was a very welcome perk on Sunday.

Winston, a Florida State alum, credited the Warchant for making him feel like he was playing in Tallahassee again.

“Man, the crowd noise was amazing,” Winston said, via JoeBucsFan. “Every third down they did the Nole Chant. And I was so pumped up. It really made me feel at home. So I loved playing here. Every chance I get to do the Nole Chant — I was even doing it with the fans at the beginning of the game.”

This isn’t just Winston taunting the fans, either. He legitimately believed it was going to help him and the team. Per the site, Winston told his teammates during the game that they would be good on third downs because that was when the fans did the chant. Sure enough, the Buccaneers converted 11 of their 16 third down opportunities on Sunday, a key part of the team’s 19-17 win.

Winston’s career hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts. Apparently one solution is to make him feel like he’s playing at Florida State again.

Jameis Winston still confident despite rocky start to career

Jameis Winston

A season and a half into his NFL career, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has lost a lot more often than he was used to.

Winston has now played 24 NFL games and lost 15 of them. That comes after winning 26 of the 27 games he started at Florida State. It’s not something he’s used to, but the lack of success hasn’t dented his confidence.

“Confidence-wise, it’s easy, because I’m not a loser,” Winston said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “We’re winners in this building. And I believe it’s a choice. It’s a mentality that we’ve gotta have and we’re building. We’re heading on the right path. We just gotta get over the hump, and I’m going to do what I need to do to help us get over there.”

Not all of those losses have been Winston’s fault, but he has definitely had his share of struggles. He seems to be keeping his head up despite the on-field adversity.

Dirk Koetter admits that he is ‘very concerned’ about Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston’s play at quarterback was poor again on Sunday, and his head coach is worried.

Dirk Koetter gave a rather blunt assessment of Winston’s performance after the second-year quarterback was intercepted for the seventh and eighth time of the young season.

“Very. I’m very concerned,” Koetter said of his quarterback after the 27-7 loss to Denver, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s not regressing, but we’ve got to take care of the football. I mean, we’ve got to take care of the football. We can’t turn it over three times in a half. We just can’t do that.”

Koetter said one of the important things Winston needs to realize is that he has limitations.

“Not every play is going to be a big play,” Koetter said. “We went through this very similar thing the first four games last season. And hopefully we’ll learn the same lesson we learned last year and get on a little roll here.”

Winston improved his physique during the offseason, but it seems as though decisionmaking is the next step in his evolution.

Jameis Winston gave Florida State halftime pep talk (Video)

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Jameis Winston was on the Florida State sideline for his alma mater’s game against Ole Miss on Monday night, and he may have helped wake the Seminoles up at halftime.

In a video that was captured by Showtime Sports, Winston was shown lecturing the Florida State players and urging them to “wake up.” FSU was trailing 28-13 at the time and looked destined to begin the season 0-1.

“We some dogs, we ain’t no puppies,” a seemingly disgusted Winston said. “Wide receivers, y’all cannot be stopped the whole game. We got the best running back in the whole damn league, and we got a quarterback that’s gonna toss that thing. O-line, wake up! … Get right — wake up, man.”

Perhaps Winston’s speech wasn’t the reason the Seminoles came back to win, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Despite Dalvin Cook inexplicably fumbling the ball before scoring a touchdown (video here), Florida State outscored Ole Miss 32-6 in the second half and completed the comeback to win by a score of 45-34.

Unfortunately, Winston will have to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before FSU’s next game. It seems like his former team could really use him as a hype guy going forward.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Jameis Winston dropped 18 pounds since February after improving diet

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It wasn’t long ago that Jameis Winston was being labeled “fat” by some teammates. Now, he’s turned himself into the picture of fitness.

Winston told ESPN’s Britt McHenry that he had dropped 18 pounds since February thanks largely some tweaks he made to his diet and astute offseason planning.

“I heard from around the league that most rookies that come in, if they have a great year, they don’t have a plan for the offseason,” Winston said. “I had never handled an actual offseason before.”

Winston, who estimated that he weighed in the upper 240 pound range at season’s end, was motivated by attending the Pro Bowl and seeing players such as Russell Wilson and Julio Jones in such exemplary shape. He placed a call to Tim Grover, who has trained Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, to help him come up with an offseason plan. Grover put Winston on a dietary plan and began physical training with him.

“He’s 22 years old; I’m not going to tell him you’re not going to go out and eat only kale,” Grover said. “Instead of eating a whole bag of potato chips, cut it down by a third. It’s too difficult to give individual food plans, and it’s better to change eating habits.”

The results are obvious. Winston has dropped nearly 20 pounds, and Grover hopes to see him lose about five more before the season starts. His dedication has impressed coaches and teammates alike.

Winston was aware that he had work to do when the offseason started. Now he has teammates raving about how much he’s changed. It’s a good sign for a player coming off what was already a strong rookie season.

Mike Evans wants to know where Jameis Winston’s gut went

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Jameis Winston’s weight was a big topic of discussion before he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and during his rookie season. From the sound of it, Winston has spent some time addressing that over the past few months.

On Tuesday, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans told reporters that Winston looks like he has lost weight this offseason. Evans joked that the quarterback’s infamous gut has disappeared.

“He lost a lot of weight. He slimmed out,” Evans said, via Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times. “I was joking with him the other day. He took his shirt off, and I said ‘Man, what happened to the belly?’ He’s got a six-pack like me. He’s put in a tremendous amount of work and I think it’s going to be a great year for him and this whole team.”

Winston’s trainer Tim Grover said recently that Jameis has lost 18 pounds since the season ended.

If you remember, an unflattering photo that showed Winston working out before the draft last year led to a great deal of criticism. The former Florida State star had supposedly lost weight before that, but another photo a month later showed him looking just as chunky. At one point, Winston even cracked a fat joke at his own expense.

Despite the flabbiness, Winston had a very respectable rookie season in Tampa. He should be even better if he comes out in shape in 2016.