New York Times Detonates on Florida State, Jameis Winston

By D.J. Byrnes on April 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

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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