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**Breaking News** NO Charges for Jameis Winston in Sexual Assault Case
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
After weeks of gloomy speculation and sordid details, state attorney Willie Meggs finally confirmed that Florida State freshman phenom and Heisman Trophy front-runner Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault stemming from an incident from a year ago.
Although the alleged sexual assault happened December 2012, it just became public knowledge last month, and has been hanging over the heads of Winston and the Seminoles like a proverbial hammer ready to drop at any given moment. The Seminoles kept their battles on the field and has had one of the best seasons in recent history for FSU.
Meggs decided that the evidence gathered during the investigation was not enough to charge Winston, who remained silent throughout the intense process.
Joe Schad of ESPN reports that Wille Meggs said that he wishes his office had gotten involved earlier in the investigation and that others must decide why they weren’t. Meggs also revealed that there was DNA from two males, of which one was unknown, and was the snag in the investigation.
It was later confirmed that the other DNA sample came from the victim’s boyfriend. Meggs also revealed that there was no evidence of drugs in the accuser’s blood and her alochol level was not that high. The all-telling rape kit showed that there was no struggle.
Meggs was asked if he thinks that athletes received special treatment he answered, “I don’t think they do. We try to treat everyone the same.”
Florida State University athletic director Stan Wilcox issued a statement,
“We have been respectful, impartial, and fully cooperative in the legal process that has now run its course.”
Welcome news for Chief Osceola and the Seminole faithful as Winston and the ‘Noles can put all their focus back on the field as they are set to battle Duke on Saturday in the ACC championship game. Undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the BCS, the ‘Noles are in the driver’s seat to play in the national title game.
Jameis, who NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has declared the top choice in next year’s draft “by a mile” if he were eligible, should now be cleared from scrutiny from Heisman voters. It is hard to say how much of an impact this investigation will have on his image, but for now, the tomahawks are choppin’ and Chief Osceola is riding high.