Jameis Winston is back in the news today as TMZ is reporting a story that the women who formerly accused Jameis of rape had allegedly tried to extort him for $7 million in order to keep her silence.
David Cornwell, the lawyer for the Heisman Trophy winner, sent a letter to FSU, saying Winston will fully cooperate with the University’s ongoing investigation into the handling of the rape charges. The alleged victim claims the University engaged in sexual discrimination by sweeping her claims under the rug to protect its prized athlete.
According to the letter — obtained by TMZ — the alleged victim’s lawyer, Patricia Carroll, demanded $7 MIL to settle her client’s claims against FSU and Winston, telling Cornwell, “If we settle, you will never hear from my client or me again — in the press or anywhere.”
Cornwell says he rejected her offer and 4 days later she went to the media.
Cornwell also says Carroll claimed her client’s sexual encounter had to be rape, because she would never sleep with a “black boy.” Fact is … the alleged victim’s boyfriend at the time was black. The criminal case fell apart, partly because the alleged victim had semen from 2 different men on her shorts.
It’s also reported that Winston’s lawyer said Jameis will fully cooperate and work with the university in any way possible to assist in the ongoing investigation.
So what will ESPN make of this news? How will this fit the narrative they’ve built of turning him in to the biggest villain in college football? And how in the hell did this girl think that some college kid from a small town in Alabama had $7 million at his disposal?
The fact of the matter is that if you’re not an FSU fan or grad, at this point in the season you simply LOATHE this young man. Does this new revelation change your opinions of him in any way? Probably not, and why should it? The allegations were still there, and he’s made a lot of foolish decisions since then.
Yesterday NFL legend Clinton Portis offered three pieces of advice for Jameis (before ESPN fulfills their agenda, turns him in to the devil, and turns the focus back to the SEC):
1. “Own who you are.” Portis says Winston is the public face of the Florida State program and “bigger than life right now. The only person getting in your way is you.” Portis also said Winston needs to ask himself about the legacy he will leave behind.
2. “Be aware of your surroundings.” Portis said Winston is “not a normal 20-year-old” and that everything he does is scrutinized. That means, Portis said, that Winston “cannot slip up.”
3. “Stop talking.” Portis said Winston has “a big personality,” which can create problems. Portis also said that Winston frequently is misunderstood. Thus, Portis said, “Don’t give them nothing; you give them nothing, they can say nothing. Only thing they can do is watch your tape. On your tape, you’re the man.”
So it’s interesting to see just 24hrs later he’s back in the news, and this time drawing the attention to himself via his lawyer. He’d be wise to heed the advice of Portis, but if these recent revelations are in fact true then it is important that the university hear about them. The only question is ‘why wait so long to reveal this?’
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