Florida State Seminoles quarterback and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was suspended for the first half of the game against the Clemson Tigers on Sept. 20 for shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus on Tuesday.
Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of the game against the Clemson Tigers on Sept. 20.
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According to ESPN's Jared Shanker, Winston "shouted an obscene sexual phrase on campus" on Sept. 16 which led to his suspension:
"Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after he was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday, the latest incident in which his off-field behavior has created problems for the team.
"FSU interim president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox denounced Winston's 'offensive and vulgar' behavior in a statement Wedensday to announce the punishment.
"'As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the department of athletics and Florida State University,' the joint statement said. 'Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respecct for others.'
"The joint statement also said Winston would undergo 'internal discipline.'
"On Tuesday, Florida State students began flooding Twitter as several witnessed the reigning Heisman Trophy winner allegedly stand on a table in or in the immediate vicinity of the student union and yell obscenities, mimicking a popular Internet video. The phrase is of a sexual nature.
"Winston apologized for his 'selfish' act.
"'First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates,' Winston said. 'I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act, and that's not how you do things around here.
"'I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That's all.'
"'It was not a good decision,' Fisher said. 'You can't make certain statements that are derogatory or inflammatory to any person, race or gender. You have to understand that. You have to be very intelligent about what you say, (because) it matters.'
"Sophomore Sean Maguire, who has completed 16 of his 26 attempts in mop-up duty during his FSU career, will start as the No. 1 Seminoles host No. 22 Clemson at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ABC.
"'You've got overcome adversity -- and that's one thing at Florida State we do,' Winston said. 'We're gonna overcome adversity. And when I do get my opportunity to play, I'll do everything I can.
"'That's what eats me up. I wanna be on the field. I did something, and I gotta accept my consequences...It eats me alive. I can't carry myself that way.'
"Winston was investigated in 2013 for sexual assault, but Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, chose not to charge Winston in December. Florida State is still following through with its Title IX investigation into the matter.
"Winston was also suspended from the baseball team for three games and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after being cited for stealing $32 of crab legs from a local grocey store in April. There also have been other minor run-ins with authorities, but no arrests."
The Tallahassee Democrat's Corey Clark offered his take on Winston's latest incident:
"He simply cannot stand up on a table, in the middle of campus, and scream that. Even if he is just parroting a viral video. Pick a different one if you have to. Yell out 'Charlie bit my finger' or 'Is this real life?' Don't scream that.
"You're Jameis Winston for heaven's sake. Of course people are going to tweet about it. And then of course the media is going to swoop in. Haven't you been paying attention the last year, man?
"...But there's something else that might be happening here, something he didn't address and probably hasn't thought about: The Florida State fans are getting tired of this.
"As much joy as he gave them last season, and it was plentiful, this is just another head-shaking moment he's made them deal with. Sure, FSU fans will defend him on Twitter. And they'll give him a standing ovation when he comes out for that first dive of the second half. That's what fans do.
"But I've heard from enough over the last 24 hours to think they're truly getting Jameis Winston fatigue. They're tired of having to defend the guy. They want him 'to grow up' and figure out how to stay out of the news. They want to like the person they're cheering for."
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