Jameis Winston, ready to be the next starting quarterback with the Florida State Seminoles, received flak after commenting about not wanting to get “Manziel disease.” Head coach Jimbo Fisher doesn’t believe any punishment as warranted, as the criticism received is punishment enough.
Fisher tells David M. Hale of ESPN that he was not unhappy with the comments and understood what Winston was coming from. He believes that it’s “a good lesson to the highly touted quarterback that everything he says will be scrutinized.”
“I always tell him, ‘Are you getting attention or are you talking for a purpose?’ ” Fisher said. “There’s two different ideas there. Sometimes when you’re young, you like for people to listen to you. Just make sure you’re doing it within your personality, but you’re talking for a reason. And remember you’re representing you, your family and your organization.”
It’s refreshing to see this stance taken by the FSU head coach. Instead of coming out and being all politically correct about it with some manufactured statement, he actually understood the context of what Winston was saying.
Which is something that’s missed on with a lot of the public. It’s not like Winston is attacking Johnny Manziel personally. If these comments are criticized, those same people likely criticize how boring Bill Belichick is with zero personality.