Jameis Winston, the former FSU star and now Tampa Bay Bucs starting quarterback, made comments recently that are not being received well by some.
It seems sometimes that, no matter how many steps he takes forward, Jameis Winston just can’t seem to keep his name fully out of the spotlight for a wrong reason. The former FSU football star has been, in the eyes of many, a role model for kids in the Tampa Bay area since being drafted first overall by the Buccaneers in 2015 – but is still followed by issues dating back to college both self inflicted and perception related.
It appears that Winston is going to have to deal with another issue after comments he recently made to elementary school students in St.Petersburg that are being viewed by some as misogynistic. In a video shot by the Tampa Bay Times, Jameis Winston is heard telling female students they are “supposed to be silent” in life:
The two year NFL veteran has been in damage control mode ever since, issuing a statement to the paper where he attempted to clarify his remarks:
"“During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”"
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Poor word choice may have been an understatement. Of course, Jameis Winston is going to find himself in these positions more and more because of the past issues during his time in Tallahassee. Like it or not, Winston is always going to have a bigger target on his back because he became a polarizing figure.
There is a large segment of the population outside of FSU football fans who believe that he got away with a sexual assault after the infamous case involving allegations from a former student – a case where no charges were ever brought against Winston. Even with that fact, people are going to assume he was guilty for whatever reason they want.
Add that to the comments he made in the student union that got Winston suspended for the Clemson game in 2014 and he’s always going to have to pick and choose his comments different than most others. If another Bucs player makes these comments, it doesn’t make national news…but with Jameis, it is going to be an international story in part because of his past.