Dec 7, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) reacts after the game. The Seminoles defeated the Blue Devils 45-7 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston walks off ESPN interview after consistent rape investigation questioning (Video)


Following the Florida State Seminoles blowout victory over the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship, it was a moment of joy for head coach Jimbo Fisher, Jameis Winston and company as they celebrated on the turf of Bank of America Stadium.

Unfortunately for the team’s star quarterback, the joy was short-lived thanks to non-stop questioning about the rap investigation from ESPN’s Heather Cox.

Winston was doing a great job at responding to Cox’s questioning with answers that showed off a sense of leadership and maturity, but after a fourth question about the rape allegations, someone from the outside tugged at Winston’s shirt and he had enough and just walked away from the interview.

It is hard to blame or fault Winston from walking away from the persistent questioning from Cox and, quite simply, he did the right thing.

Winston was cleared of all charges earlier this week and Cox was irresponsible in asking Winston those questions during what was supposed to be a happy moment for the Florida State star. Interestingly enough, ESPN didn’t air those questions when they showed the post-game interview. Perhaps Cox was going rogue or maybe she was acting at the direction of her producers, but no matter what it was not the right time and it was a bad look for ESPN.

You can watch a video of the post-game questioning from Cox below:


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  • kpom

    Saying he was “cleared” of rape charges is a bit of an overstatement. The prosecutor declined to press charges, and it was a controversial decision. Asking 4 questions was probably over the top, but Winston should have known at least one was coming.

    • Brian

      It was not a “controversial decision”, not by a long shot. The second investigation, under national scrutiny, confirmed the first one – a lot to do about nothing.

      • maxime1793

        There was not a ‘first’ investigation. They put the case on ice (“open but inactive”) and the accuser does not understand why they did this. This might have affected the outcome.

        This is the dumbest high-level QB I have seen for a while, possibly dumber than Cam Newton (who had to go JC). I’d say he was guilty as sin from this interview, if it weren’t for the fact he could probably not answer a question about what time it was. She asked him about the sexual assault charge and he said it taught him to be more mature.

        At the very least, one could see that as saying, “I learned it is not a good idea to hook up with girls who are blacked out drunk”. Good, Jameis, because that alone is kinda rape.

        • Brian Currier

          Since when is .4, half the legal limit, black out drunk? You use your wrong opinion, ill use facts to which you’ll never agree too. Get off your high horse and get off the keyboard. Repeating wrong information about a 19yr old must make you feel good. I’m upset I felt the need to respond, but when you see someone so wrong, I can’t help myself.

          • mahimahimahi

            lol

        • blufish

          Don’t like black people I see. Ignorant racists everywhere like you. Can’t seem to shake them unfortunately.

          • DukeLax

            The new American “Gender-community” seem to be the driving force behind this rape hysteria that wants to lynch an innocent man.

          • TheEsquireof212

            Correct.

        • Jim Mcintosh

          opinion is opinion – but respect here is gone. KNOW what your talking about before you comment. SHe was NOT blacked out and not overly intoxicated. Blood level was half of min required blood level for a DUI (0.80) just hours after alleged attack. Adjusted back to attack just a little over DUI. Far far cry from blackout. if you watch a guy answer 3 quick question and reach a conclusion on guilt – not really interested in your opinion anyway, its useless.

          • DukeLax

            The average American needs to start understanding the term “media lynching”

        • jptatl

          “Dumb” is writing something without any factual basis, Maxime. Do you know that Winston is a top student based on GPA? Do you know it was a sexual assault allegation, not a charge? Did you read any of the evidence that has been made public, including the fact that the girl’s BAC was .04 (not drunk or blacked out)? No, and that makes you extremely dumb.

        • Alexander Hamilton

          your comments show a propensity to believe the accuser and ignore the facts. Mr. Winston did nothing wrong and your statements are utterly wrong. Perhaps you should read the prosecutor’s findings that concluded SHE WAS NOT DRUNK. she lied and it sounds like she found another sucker to believe her lies. Like the Duke LAX accuser this woman should be in jail.

          • DukeLax

            Americans need to start understanding the term “media lynching”

        • Casey Skipper

          Call it what you want. The investigation could easily be divided into two parts, a first and a second. The first part is when the accuser was not willing to press charges and made some statements that did not match up with the actual evidence in the case and changed in different interviews. The second part is after nearly 9 months of no cooperation or follow up from the accuser and her attorney who could have easily called to the state attorneys office prior to Winston becoming a sports star and did not. Read the report about her memory of the night and match those up with the texts she was sending that night along with the toxicology report, additional DNA and witnesses accounts. There were additional interviews that were left out of the report that I believe made the accuser even less credible. I have witnessed similar situations myself and am hesitant to label someone as a rapist like you have. Your last comment is exactly why Winston and his attorney will never address the situation. What ever is said will be turned on its head to make him out to be a rapist. It is a dammed if you do dammed if you dont. It is possible that his comment about maturing meant to not have one night stands with girls he does not know. You are just as guilty as the people that trash the accuser. Accusers attorney wanted this to be public so smart people like you would judge him because this was never going to trial. Besides once the state attorney came with his decision the accusers attorney was very polite and faded away, but the goal was already accomplished. Are you sure that Winston is the one that is dumb?

    • TomR

      1 question, yes…4 is beyond the pale. Asking not one single question about his game performance is pathetic.

    • Alexander Hamilton

      you seem to have been salivating for him to fall. As a criminal defense attorney, I can tell you it you there is no controversy. There is only controversy if you want there to be. This woman clearly lied on Mr. Winston and she should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No matter how much you want it to be different, Mr. Winston is innocent and his accuser should be in jail, just like the girl from the Duke LAX case.

    • DukeLax

      America has a dark history of lynching black guys on false rape accusations from white women. One can tell who the “New Klan” is by their actions.

    • TheEsquireof212

      Keep digging, find the cache of the supposedly deleted (nothing disappears forever from the internet) social media posts and he is further exonerated. If you want to open that can of worms and make this chick look even worse than she does in the minds of sensible and objective people as is.

  • Tom Morris

    This was a terrific interview by Heather Cox. Winston did not cooperate one iota with the investigation, which at best for him showed he took a woman who had five shots back to his dorm room and had sex with her with two of his football buddies watching a few hours before Winston’s girlfriend was arriving in town.

    • maxime1793

      He only walked away when someone in the background told him to. He had a vacuous look throughout. The whole thing is sketchy.

      • Tom Morris

        For someone who is supposedly intelligent, Winston came across like an idiot in the interview even putting aside the last question.

        • Siji Fagbure

          Here is my thinking if I am a star qb in a football town, I know I can definitely get all the sex I want, why would I want to rape any random chick except I am a sadist?. The only chick I am ever likely to rape hypothetically is a girl I have known and have wanted for a long time but I couldn’t have.I think the law on rape is way too lax for women, they never ever want to take responsibility for their actions especially in cases like this. The law seems to forget that in a situation like this there is always two victims, the accused may be just as much if not more of a victim than the accuser especially if he is innocent because his reputation will be forever tarnished.
          Society in general is guilty of encouraging this bad behavior the movies portray women as being able to drink like men forgetting that the consequences for a man who gets blackout drunk is not nearly as severe as women. so whenever a chick does anything she is not particularly proud of especially when drunk she claims its not her fault. Imagine if the roles were reversed and a really good looking guy found himself in the bed of a monstrously hideous woman and he complained he was raped.

      • TomR

        So, let’s condemn him on his look during an after-game impromptu interview. Unbelievable maxime1793…I think it’s time you graduated the 6th grade.

    • Brian Currier

      Except that she didn’t have 5 shots. Read the police report before you continually type wrong information. If everything really got out about this girl, everyone would know the truth. Should he have put himself in that situation? No, but read the report and see how coherent she actually was, how her BAC was .4, how she changed the description 3 times, how she had two samples in her and one was her bf who refused to cooperate until he was court ordered to give up his DNA. The cops stopped because there was no probable cause

      • Tom Morris

        BAC was 0.4 many hours after the incident when she finally got tested. Per Meggs, BAC was 1.0 or more at time of incident. She said in statement to police that she had five shots. Cox asked a legitimate question, far above the usual how do you feel after a big win junk that we usually get from sideline reporters.

        • Jim Mcintosh

          appx 1.0 is not near blackout, doesn’t cause memory lapse. Sure not right, but speak to a cop sometime who writes DUI’s. Everyday people are stopped and arrested with BAL of 1.4 – 1.5 and even higher and they can hardly tell they have been drinking.

    • TomR

      Terrific interview? This was nothing more than an attempt to ruin the reputation of a college student who NEVER had charges brought against him. Would you be so cheerful if this was a friend or family member of yours that was having an attempt to smear their reputation on national T.V.?

    • Jim Mcintosh

      Again read the report – The blood doesn’t lie period. Once again, read……….wasn’t very nice what happened, but womans story is so all over the place I cant say with any reasonable surety, what really happened. But alcohol or drugs was likely not a real factor. That science is pretty exacting.

    • Jim Mcintosh

      This was a he said, she said case. The toughest of cases to prove by either party. One thing that bothers me is the girl didn’t report this herself and didn’t want to report this – and reiterated that fact repeatedly. Major lapse in memory and told two or three different versions of events leading up to it to investigators and friends. Of all types of cases, no matter what the story, this is a type of case you kreep your mouth shut. Any attorney will advise that to anyone. Finally some food for thought about the big cover-up. Victims attorney from beginning was not just an attorney, but a former prosecutor herself. She sat idle for near 11 months, and never once picked up the phone and called the Tallahassee prosecutors (her peers) office? All of her displeasure, never once called the chief of police? Really? “Who” wanted this to go away, you tell me? Just think about it.

    • jptatl

      Yeah, right…an ESPN reporter gets a chance to interview a Heisman candidate QB after he just won a conference championship by scoring 4 touchdowns and she chooses to ask him questions about a non-football related topic. Brilliant journalism! Morons…

    • tjbgrateful

      So Tom, I see you were an investigator in this case did you see the girls testimony in
      the case as credible because according to the reports that were published the prosecutor
      did not.

      I think the interview was shameful and ESPN should know better than to let some
      sideline flunky reporter badger a 19 year old kid like this.

      This was a sad case on all fronts, no winners or losers I just hope you perform a better
      investigation in the future Tom for the Tallahassee PD.

  • TomR

    I find it laughable that posters, maxime1793 and Tom Morris, can actually use a keyboard because obviously they have no sense to use the brain God gave them!! First off, Jameis FULLY cooperated with the investigation and has since the incident last year. Tallahassee police, coach Fisher, the athletic dept and the university all were fully informed of the incident. To condemn someone of a crime via an impromptu on-field interview, I sure as hell hope you never sit on a jury. Amazes me the stupidity of some people. Regarding the interview, I would understand and I’m pretty sure Jameis did too, that at least one question was going to be about the legal issues he has faced. But to ask 4 effing questions about it and not one about his or his teammates play on the field? That’s just inexcusable and she needs to find another line of work.

    • DukeLax

      Americans have to start understanding the term “Media lynching”!!

  • Tom Morris

    Jameis Winston ran away from Heather Cox even faster than he ran away from the police investigation.

  • Tom Morris

    Jameis Winston ran away from Heather Cox almost a quickly as he ran away from the police investigation.

    • Jim Mcintosh

      So arresthim, put him in prison for twenty years- what do you want. What would you like him to say?

    • DukeLax

      The new American kLAN will not be happy until jamie is hanging from a tree

  • TomR

    Why don’t you dolts who are concluding Wintson’s guilt completely without facts try reading sometime. http://media.graytvinc.com/documents/Complete+Case+File.pdf

    • TheEsquireof212

      They don’t want to read it. They would prefer to ignore the facts in print that are public record and stick to their hopes that he was going to be charged and convicted so that they could taunt him and come out of the woodwork with the tired plays on the FSU acronym that you see everyplace.

  • jreece

    Let jameis enjoy his victory for goodness sake. The investigation is complete there are no charges filed. Move on people.

    • DukeLax

      The new American Klan wants to see the blood of the innocent, they dont want to just “Move on”

  • Kyle

    He responds, “I learned I gotta get more mature…” when she asked what did you learn. Why would you have to “get more mature” if you didn’t do anything wrong?? If this was me, and I knew I didn’t commit a crime, I would be FURIOUS that my was even being mentioned in such a fashion. But Winston seems to be breathing a sigh of relief, as if to say, “whew! that was close.”

    • Tanks_Alott

      He needs to be more careful about bring crazies home with him. When he has more money (drives a scooter), he will have handlers that will vet women, before they get an invite.

  • Matt

    please consider joining https://www.facebook.com/fireheathercox

    It is time for ESPN and Heather Cox to issue an apology and suspend Heather Cox from the BCS National Championship Game. She does not deserve to be rewarded for her un professional interview of Jameis Winston.

  • Tanks_Alott

    He should have asked Heather if she wanted a ride home on his scooter.

  • Angela Lienard

    Love this; https://www.facebook.com/fireheathercox
    She said she would not have done the interview if she was not allowed to ask about the case because it would have been irrelevant. Irrelevant is Heather Cox, no one knew who she was before this. Yes Heather, you giant idiot. Interviewing the Heisman Trophy Leader after his team wins their division would not have been a warranted interview. This clearly shows she is not a sports reporter, maybe TMZ is hiring.