|Future Major League pitcher?|
I see a future in baseball for Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
For what ever rhyme or reason, Winston, two sport phenom and reigning Heisman trophy laureate, continues to struggle with off-field issues.
And to be sure, we are talking about character (or lack there of) issues.
"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 Friday night.
Winston will be on Florida State's sideline during the game, sources told ESPN's Heather Cox.
Winston was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday, the latest incident in which his off-field behavior has caused headaches for the team and university.
Florida State students began flooding Twitter as several witnessed the star quarterback allegedly stand on a table in or in the immediate vicinity of the student union and yell obscenities, mimicking a popular Internet video.
When announcing the original ban Wednesday, Stokes and Wilcox denounced Winston's behavior, calling it "offensive and vulgar" in a joint statement. source
To complicate matters, The Jameis Show continues to play-out at the most inopportune moment. As even the casual fan knows, the NFL is in full crisis mode and their brand has been greatly tarnished by the rash of recent domestic violence:
- Baltimore Raven Ray Rice -- knocking unconscious his then finance in an elevator.
- Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson -- accused of injuring one of his son by harshly spanking him.
- Carolina Panther Greg Hardy -- accused of violently injuring his girlfriend with a head butt.
- San Francisco 49erRay McDonald arrested for domestic violence.
As one scout stated:
Especially in an age that has transformed dramatically over the past two weeks amid the Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson cases — where character must be weighed differently.
"When ownership gets involved, there's a change," the director said. "When you see what's happening [around the league], you know teams will be hearing from the top down that certain things will not be tolerated. It's already happening." source
To reiterate, I hope Winston's fastball is Major League baseball ready...