From the day QB Jameis Winston stepped on campus at Florida State University, his name has been in the headlines. However, it’s not always for scoring touchdowns, or leading the Seminoles to victory, but for some rather odd choices, or “mistakes” as some have put them. Obviously, there were very serious sexual allegation charges against Winston, but they were dismissed because of lack of evidence. Yet, Winston has continued to keep his off-the-field life in the headlines.
This past year, Winston was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a store, and suspended a game for getting on a table and yelling a profanity in the student union building. These seem to be minor faults that could be passed off as someone just “acting their age”, as Winston is only 20 years old.
Then, ESPN broke news that a signature authenticator has 950 items of Florida State memorabilia signed by Winston. This is the same scenario that got Georgia RB Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely. Just another “mistake” by Winston, huh?
That’s the impression you get from Florida State, beginning with head coach Jimbo Fisher. When asked about the situation, Fisher stated that he simply took Winston at his word that he didn’t take money for the autographs, and said that Winston will continue to play. Yet another pass for Famous Jameis. Of course, Florida State isn’t going to step up and take the Heisman Trophy winner out of the game.
That leads to this question. How is it fair that two college football players commit the same offense, and only one of them get suspended for the violation? It’s NOT.
The issue of the players making some money off of their signatures is a separate conversation, but as of right now, it’s deemed not legal by the NCAA, and they as the organization in charge should step up and enforce their policy, even if it means taking college football’s biggest star off the field.