Plenty of people have been asking me questions about the timing and intricacies of the events regarding the police report and possible involvement of Florida State star Quarterback Jameis Winston in the recently publicized sexual battery case. I'm hoping this unbiased, objective and brief summary brings clarity to the people who haven't been reading Buds great updates over the past few weeks on the thread.
Approximately one week ago around the 4:00 PM hour, the popular celebrity media site TMZ, posted an article suggesting that Jameis Winston was either involved, or being investigated, in a sexual battery case that was originally reported in 2012. TMZ's original post did not include the official, although heavily redacted, police report, in which contained description of the suspect as being between the heights of 5' 9" and 5' 11" and having straight hair. Jameis Winston is 6' 4" and does not have straight hair. Since, TMZ has added a link to the police report on the original post, and has acknowledged the discrepancies in the description in comparison to Winston. Later that same night, FSU allowed Jameis Winston to speak, albeit on football matters strictly, to the media. But he spoke nonetheless; which some point to while referencing the university's and attorney's confidence in the case.
Furthermore, Jameis Winston's attorney later claimed that, to his knowledge, the official case was closed for around a year. The following statement was provided : "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). "We've been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we're hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.". The questions being brought up now revolve around the case being reopened, and what the reasoning behind it was. Additionally, who broke the story to TMZ? Why now, amidst FSU's most successful football run in over a decade? Multiple articles were also released indicating that the Tallahassee Police Department covered up the incident, but those articles didn't carry much weight without proper evidence.
Finally, an article was released today, by the Tampa Bay Times, suggesting that the accuser was warned by the Tallahassee Police Department that pursuing an investigation, charges, etc against Jameis Winston could have consequences due to the "football culture" at Florida State. The article included vague statements on behalf of the family, including that: "the family grew concerned that she would be targeted on campus". No additional "official" statements have been released by the family nor has the identification of the accuser been revealed.
This summary of events, and the current state of the process leave many questions to be answered. Why was the police report devoid of any Winston mentions? Why did Jameis Winston's attorney, who has also represented other FSU football players, not made aware of the case's reopening? All that I know is that this probably isn't ending anytime soon, and that there are many "fishy" elements in the situation. Although the reports are hairy, very few, if any things definitively point to Jameis Winston.