As I type this, the NFL Draft is about one and a half hours away.
More likely than not, Jameis Winston will be the first pick, and he will become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
More likely than not, he has gotten away with sexual assault.
More likely than not, he deserves to be in prison.
I know that plenty of people consider the accusation against Winston to be just a bump in the road. I know that plenty of people consider that accusation an “off-field issue” that Winston moved past, and I know that some people even see his ability to play while the allegations were swirling around him as a positive attribute. I know that plenty of people see the accusation as false and meant to extort money from Winston.
However, I would love for someone to explain to me why they think the accuser made up her story. None of the typical explanations make any sense whatsoever.
They say she was after his money. They say she wanted to be with an athlete. They say lots of things. Those things don’t add up.
At the time she made the accusation, Jameis Winston hadn’t played any football in a Florida State uniform. He was a redshirting freshman who wouldn’t see the field until the following fall. She made the accusation in December.
The incident was immediately reported to police. They ultimately botched the investigation (who knows whether or not it was on purpose), but it was reported the same night it happened. She said she didn’t know who did it. She eventually ID’d him when they ended up in class together the following January.
In order to believe she set him up, you’d have to believe that she knew she would get that opportunity to ID him. If it was a set up, why wouldn’t she have given his name the night of the incident? If she was after money, wouldn’t she need to know whose money she was going after? If she was such a brilliant con artist, wouldn’t she know that there were several FSU players who were headed for the NFL that very spring? Why would she accuse someone who, at the time of the accusation, wouldn’t even be able to get into the next TWO NFL Drafts?
People have said that the fact that the reports about the case started to surface in the middle of a very successful season for Winston and Florida State show that the accuser was just trying to get him in trouble.
Well, I can provide another motive for those reports.
I have a daughter. She isn’t in college yet. But, I can imagine the gut-wrenching pain that a father must endure when he gets that call from his little girl. And, I can also imagine the feeling of having that wound reopened on a weekly basis as every talking head on television sings the praises of the guy that his little girl ID’d as her rapist.
What father wouldn’t try to get the other side of the story out? Who could blame him? Who wouldn’t do the exact same thing?
The Buccaneers must certainly be hopeful that Winston won’t make another mistake.