New York Times Detonates on Florida State, Jameis Winston

April 16, 2014 at 10:57a    by DJ Byrnes    
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The hot topic in college football this morning is the New York Times' devastating look at the investigation (or lack thereof) into an alleged sexual assault committed by star FSU quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Three weeks after Mr. Winston was publicly identified as the suspect, the storm had passed. The local prosecutor announced that he lacked the evidence to charge Mr. Winston with rape. The quarterback would go on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead Florida State to the national championship.

In his announcement, the prosecutor, William N. Meggs, acknowledged a number of shortcomings in the police investigation. In fact, an examination by The New York Times has found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.

The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.

Some people come off looking terrible in this: Jameis Winston, administrators at Florida State, and the Tallahassee police department (especially Detective Scott Angulo).

College football is an awesome sport, but this story is pretty much the reflection of everything wrong with it.


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buckeyeEddie27's picture

But, But, Rings for Tats tho!   Those guys were EVIL!   

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

+18 HS
Doc's picture

Give back the Heisman.

"Say my name."

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Kaceybrown's picture

And the crystal ball...

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Seattle Linga's picture

Tear down those banners

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blocko330's picture

This just in, penalty for Tatgate was insufficient, case opening back up!!  Some may receive the chair!

 I had a good feeling this would happen eventually.....and I'm glad.

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Furious George 27's picture

The simple answer is that its Florida.... That state does dumbass things all the time.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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LouGroza's picture

“I learned quickly what football meant in the South,” said Mr. Ruiz, who grew up in New York State. “Clearly, it meant a lot. And with respect to this case I learned that keeping players on the field was a priority.” 

Ruiz was the former assistant state attorney.

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TheBadOwl's picture

I'm almost done reading the story, but to me, this is the most damning quote about the Tallahassee PD's handling of sexual assault cases.

In January, the mother of a student who said she had been sexually battered at a fraternity the previous April contacted the campus police asking why the university “doesn’t do more to protect women from rape,” records show. The police response was to inform the mother of a self-defense class for students.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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bigDbuck's picture

Absolutely disgusting. This woman "MIGHT" have been raped by Winston. And we will never know for sure. However she was "FOR SURE" raped (violated) by FSU, State Police, and DA office. To imagine a cover up like this can happen in 2014 is so disheartening.

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NW Buckeye's picture

Wow, another interesting tidbit is that Eric J Barron, the President at FSU for this whole fiasco and cover up is now the President-elect at Penn State (takes office on May 2nd).  You would think that Penn State would steer clear of anyone with any hint of sexual misconduct cover ups under their watch.  What a cluster f....

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teddyballgame's picture

not only that but... google "James Franklin rape"

SilverState's picture

Ramzy summed it up best:

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Define, Punchable Face:

Answer: See Above.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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TheBadOwl's picture

On a semi-related note, does anyone know what ended up happening with the sexual assault investigation last year? The one that Se'Von Pittman was supposedly connected to? Was that ever resolved?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Not sure, that story seemed to just completely go away. 

mr.green's picture

This: 

"The athletic department had known early on that Mr. Winston had been accused of a serious crime. According to an internal Tallahassee police email on Jan. 23, 2013, one officer wrote that Officer Angulo’s backup on the case 'received a call from the Athletic Directors Assistant inquiring about the case.'

"This knowledge should have set off an inquiry by the university. According to federal rules, any athletic department official who learns of possible sexual misconduct is required to pass it on to school administrators. Florida State declined to respond when asked if top officials, including the university president, had been informed of the encounter."

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BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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kyo's picture

I keep up with current events and read the news from several websites daily. Most do not mention anything about this NYT report and the ones that do have it buried, like Yahoo for example (it is buried way down on their homepage). Whether it happened or not, the girl deserved and should have received a fair and complete investigation. Money trumps everything and football is big business in Florida. Stories like this continue to diminish the trust we have in the people that are supposed to be looking out for us. scUM is going through the same scenario but at least they are getting called out for it.

I remember my business law professor saying that our judicial system works well and is very effective. Yeah, BS

We are better than this Merica

rdubs's picture

The one thing I will say about sexual assaults and rapes is that it is very difficult to reach the standard of proof necessary to get a conviction.  I think this is why you often see these trials end up in civil court, where the burden of proof is much lower.

Based on publicly available information, it appears that there is a great deal of evidence, but given the time that elapsed after the alleged assault and any meaningful investigation, there is likely not enough to get a jury to agree that she was raped beyond any reasonable doubt.  

Remember, NOT GUILTY is not the same as INNOCENT.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Technically, it was the executive, not the judicial branch, that failed on this one...

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

Amazing how the facts can be bent in so many different directions

Nick_Satan's picture

I would like to point out just to be a jerk. and just to be "that guy" because its relevant.  Yahoo!,FOX,CBS,NBC sports web sites all have on the front page or the NCAA football page an article or a mention of the New York Times Article. However I had been looking all day on wednesday and even this morning on ESPN and nothing but crickets, Not a Peep. about it. I really have a hard time understanding how people can say that ESPN has no Bias in their reporting. I know Florida State isn't in the SEC but it is in the area. The favoritism is just absurd. ESPN loves to Give trolls every bit of fuel they can about Ohio State and any Other team they feel like they need to  add fuel to the fire on at the time. But when its not good for the 92% of the people who comment on their aritcles where all they get there news is from a bias ESPN and it shows because half of them make no damn sense and its nothing but an SEC SLOB KNOB fest. YOU know something fishy is going on.

This is a story that should be bigger then sports but has a strong sports influence, if ESPN is supposed to be the #1 Sports authority as they say they are shouldn't they at least have a freaking comment about it. It just shows the corruption of college sports is so much deeper then we think it is. The legal system failed to even give the girl a chance. And every one around it just didn't give a darn. Cause as long as the moneys rolling in everythings all good.

I always Hated .gifs and I said what they hell if you can't beat em join em.

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MassiveAttack's picture

I agree with almost everything above. 

Having said that, I'm glad the SEC title run has ended. Wish it was tOSU who ended it, though.