Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy leader, is the current obsession of TMZ, which is coming harder at the QB than any defense he has faced this season. Wednesday, TMZ claimed that Winston was under investigation for sexual assault (wrong, it was battery), and now, the website alleges that Tallahassee police may have “tried to sweep the sexual assault investigation” under the rug. This is all based on, well … conjecture.
Sources in the State Attorney’s Office tell us they never even knew about the investigation until Tuesday … JUST ONE DAY AFTER TMZ Sports began making calls to cops about the alleged assault.
Our sources in the State Attorney’s Office say … it was highly unusual cops wouldn’t have filled them in about the case until this week. The sources say cops would have typically notified them when the investigation was completed, and Winston’s lawyer reportedly says cops told him it was completed in February.
Now get this … TMZ Sports started calling police about the case on Monday. We were told someone would get back to us later that day, but there was radio silence for 2 days … we made repeated calls Tuesday and Wednesday and no one got back to us until late Wednesday afternoon.
That’s a whole lot of speculation.
Three years ago in November, the Heisman Trophy leader, Cam Newton, was the subject of intense media scrutiny. It wasn’t sordid like this (alleged) tale, but the QB was eventually cleared, of accepting money to attend Auburn, Newton went on to win the Heisman, and the Tigers the National title. Winston’s Seminoles are on track to reach the BCS Title game.
I’ll leave you with this, from golf analyst Paul Azinger:
The news about Jameis Winston is breaking, but the situation isn’t. Let the system run it’s course. Evaluate evidence, not news stories.
— Paul Azinger (@PaulAzinger) November 14, 2013
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