Ruling: Jameis Winston did not violate FSU’s code of conduct
MIAMI, Fla. – After being accused of sexually assaulting a woman, a high-profile Florida State football player will be allowed to take the field.
A female student claimed Winston sexually assaulted her in 2012 at an off-campus apartment.
However, Winston says the sexual encounter was consensual.
“Rape is a vicious crime,” he said, according to ESPN. “The only thing as vicious as rape is falsely accusing someone of rape. [The accuser] and her lawyers have falsely accused me, threatened to sue me, demanded $7 million from me, engaged in a destructive media campaign against me, and manipulated this process to the point that my rights have and will continue to be severely compromised. [The accuser’s] and her lawyer’s public campaign to vilify me guarantees that her false allegations will follow me for the rest of my life.”
During the conduct hearing, Winston declined to answer questions about whether he sexually assaulted the woman.
Winston said he would only answer questions in a legal proceeding where the woman could be charged with perjury if she lied.
However, he did read a five-page statement that declared his innocence and gave his account of the events.
The accuser has five days to appeal the ruling.
Winston and the Seminoles will play Oregon in the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day.