Florida State has suspended the reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston for the entire game Saturday night against number 22 Clemson, the school announced late Friday.
Winston was initially suspended for just the first half of the game due to his profane and sexually degrading outburst in the FSU student union earlier this week.
“Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night,” interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement.
Winston 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.
Florida State students began flooding Twitter as several witnessed the star quarterback allegedly stand on a table in or in the immediate vicinity of the student union and yell obscenities, mimicking a popular Internet video.
The half-game ban was announced Wednesday, Stokes and Wilcox denounced Winston’s behavior, calling it “offensive and vulgar” and Winston later apologized for his “selfish” act.
“First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates,” he said at the time. “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.”
There was a public uproar about the original suspension, but on Thursday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed any criticism that Winston’s suspension was too light.
“We’re in charge. It’s our team. That’s our thought,” he said. “We went with the consequences and we’re ready to move on.”
This isn’t Winston’s first incident that put a black-eye on the Seminoles, the university or the NCAA in general. He 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 grocery store in April. There also have been other minor run-ins with authorities, but no arrests.
Jameis Winston is a very talented quarterback that has a high football IQ, but he seem to lack decision-making abilities and common sense off the field and this problem of “using his head” will cost him in the rankings when he’s ready to enter the NFL Draft.
You will have to consider the negativity that has been going on in the NFL and the public outcry from Winston’s original suspension influenced Florida State to upgrade the punishment to a full game.
Backup quarterback Sean Maguire, a sophomore who has completed 16 of his 26 attempts in mop-up duty during his FSU career, will start in Winston’s place against the Tigers.