A late report out of Tallahassee Friday night indicated more bad news for reining Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. ESPN cited a school release that indicated the redshirt sophomore quarterback will now serve a full game suspension, not the one half benching previously handed down.
“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.”
Sean Maguire will be the guy leading the Seminoles offense against Clemson. The Noles are 2-0 and coming off a national title last season. Clemson is 1-1, with its lone setback coming at top 20 Georgia in the opener.
The timing of this announcement is odd. What changed between Tuesday and Friday night? There weren’t a lot of things in dispute about Winston’s vulgar outburst on campus. Perhaps the media pressure coming down after the decision to “only” sit Winston a half got to the powers that be. With the ongoing issues in the NFL these days, team’s and team officials in all major sports are operating with extreme caution.
Winston has a history of off the field issues that date back to last season. Florida State is under investigation for how the rape allegations were handled against Winston. He missed no time while those allegations played out and were investigated by police last season.