Florida State Seminoles star quarterback Jameis Winston is in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons as he looks to keep his team in the national title picture and keep his Heisman campaign rolling, thanks to the sexual assault charges that he could be facing after an incident that allegedly occurred in early December of last year.
Winston has been linked to the victim by DNA testing and the decision on whether or not to hand down the felony charges could be coming soon.
From the ESPN.com report:
The woman, who says Winston sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012, was a fellow FSU student but withdrew from classes after details of the incident were released to media by Tallahassee police last week. On Thursday morning, Winston’s attorney said his client had sex with the woman but that it was “absolutely” consensual.
William Meggs, state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, is expected to meet with his staff in the coming days to determine whether they believe there is sufficient evidence to charge Winston with a crime. Meggs told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he does not anticipate taking the case in front of a grand jury.
Of course, it was reported yesterday that Winston could avoid suspension even if he is charged with the felony.
While the news is in the headlines because Winston is a huge football star, it is important to remember that a young woman is involved in a very delicate situation and the case expands well beyond how it could impact the field.