A DNA analysis completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday confirmed that DNA provided by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston matched the sample taken from the underwear of the woman who has accused him of sexual battery.
According to the DNA analysis report, a copy of which was viewed by ESPN.com on Wednesday, the Florida state crime lab determined the chance of the DNA in the woman’s underwear being a match for someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion.
Winston still hasn’t been questioned by police about the alleged incident that took place in late 2012, but that figures to be the next step. Unfortunately, this story is about to take an ugly turn, because now that DNA has linked Winston to the victim, it’s clear something happened between the two on the night in question. But what?
Here’s why a timetable matters:
Florida State has a conduct/discipline policy that states all student-athletes who are charged with a felony are suspended from game participation “until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met.” A student-athlete charged with a misdemeanor is subject to the coach’s discipline and may not participate in game action until after any required jail time is served.
No. 2 FSU has two more regular-season games left: vs. Idaho this weekend, and then at rival Florida Nov. 30th. After that, Florida State would play for the ACC Championship, and a victory there would vault them into the BCS title game against No. 1 Alabama.
And we haven’t even talked about the Heisman Trophy, either.
But first, let’s see where the legal process goes.
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