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Allegations against Winston could ruin Seminoles perfect season
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-In a TMZ obsessed society, which is part of this new “gotcha” journalism, that is sadly based on the philosophy of “if it sleazes; it leads,” a 11-month old sexual assault case involving Heisman hopeful Florida State QB Jameis Winston and an un-named woman, who reportedly, is from the Tampa Bay area and attended FSU, has re-surfaced, and now, dominates the headlines.
But, the questions remains, why did this horrendous allegation take 11-months to be reported?
For this reason, many wondered whether this story was simply another case of tabloid journalism penetrating mainstream media like Deadspin.com’s Manti Te’o catfish story, who, ironically, like Winston, was also campaigning for the Heisman as well as a National Championship, captivate the country and college sports last year around the same time.
As a result, when the story first broke, many college football fans felt as if it was just another bogus story created and released by some crafty PR firm from another rival school, who were trying to destroy Florida State’s perfect season as well as their quest for another BSC Championship.
These opinions, however, quickly changed, as of last Wednesday, after ESPN reported that DNA analysis completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday confirmed that DNA provided by Winston matched the sample taken from the woman’s underwear almost one year ago.
This, unfortunately, doesn’t prove that Winston raped the accuser, however.
It, in fact, only proves that the nineteen year old, backup quarterback, at the time of the alleged assault, had some form of sexual contact with the “alleged victim.”
With this, seemingly, damaging evidence being leaked to the press, Timothy Jansen, an attorney representing Winston, suggested that the player and the alleged victim had consensual sex.
This statement, in effect, was quickly denied by the family of the alleged victim late Friday, when they confirmed that the sex between their daughter was not consensual, but indeed rape.
“To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was a rape,” the family said in the statement sent to media outlets.
Therefore, as the media begins to swarm around the game this weekend between the (11-0) Seminoles and the (4-7) Florida Gators, who lost to Division I-AA Georgia Southern last Saturday, conspiracy theories about this alleged sexual assault case against Jameis Winston have already been developed along with allegations of sophisticated police cover-up by the Tallahassee Police Department, which allegedly refused to collect the Heisman fore runner’s DNA or interview his roommate, a possible witness, because they feared the case would be released to the media.
As a result, no matter, who wins this game, the allegations against Winston will overshadow all conversation of a perfect season in Tallahassee.
Plus, his once perfect smile that lit up his after game interviews, will forever be stained, and his touchdown tosses, tainted in the eyes of the media, whether he is guilty or innocent of the alleged charges.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com