Tim Jansen is a Tallahassee attorney representing Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual-assault complaint against him, and he said in a news conference this morning that sex between his client and the complainant was consensual and that they weren’t surprised Winston’s DNA was present on the victim:
“We are not surprised with the results of the DNA,” he said. “We voluntarily submitted to a DNA, the only thing we are surprised by is it was leaked out by law enforcement,” he said. “The question the people should ask is why is it being leaked? For what purpose?
I don’t think it’s a secret what the defense is when I tell you that we are not surprised his DNA was found. We anticipated it would be found. We never, ever said he wasn’t there.”
There’s also a report from the Orlando Sentinel that Winston may not be suspended automatically from Florida State if he is charged with a felony in connection with the sexual assault case:
The Seminoles’ athletic policy manual reads: “In the event the student-athlete is charged with a felony, absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration, he/she will not be permitted to represent FSU Athletics in-game competition until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met.”
It is unclear what could constitute “extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration.”
With a Heisman Trophy and a berth in the BCS NAtional Championship at stake, FSU may view that as “extraordinary circumstances”. FSU also has three more games remaining on its schedule, including Saturday’s home finale against Idaho, a Nov. 30 game at the Florida Gators and a Dec. 7 appearance in the ACC Championship Game.