Is Jameis Winston’s Tampa Bay’s Ticket to Glory or Infamy?

Is Jameis Winston’s Tampa Bay’s Ticket to Glory or Infamy?

With the exception of a few seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the NFL’s most consistent cellar dwellers, losing 10 or more games in 23 of its 39 seasons (including 4 of the last 6 seasons).

Jameis Winston’s experience up the road in Tallahassee is the exact opposite, going 27-1 and winning both a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship in two years at Florida State. So normally, making Winston the #1 pick in the NFL draft would be a no-brainer.

hunt gdoundsBut this not a normal situation.

Allegations have surfaced that

  • Winston raped fellow FSU Freshman Erica Kinsman;
  • Kinsman was told by authorities that there were other reports about Winston;
  • authorities dragged their feet on the investigation and expressly  discouraged Kinsman from pressing charges; and
  • doctors found Winston’s DNA in the victim’s underwear.

All of this is highlighted in the excellent documentary “The Hunting Ground” which exposes the prevalence of rape on college campuses and reviews the details of the allegations against Winston and the failure of FSU or Tallahassee authorities to take the allegations seriously. .

Nonetheless, it is important to point out that no criminal charges have been or will be brought, but Kinsman has launched a civil suit against Winston that is certain to generate a lot of bad publicity over Winston.

Will this be a distraction for the Quarterback and his teammates?

One former NFL player told me that sexual assault allegations against a Pro-Bowl and Super Bowl champion quarterback did not sit well with players and may have led to harder hits against him.  Is Winston ready for a jury of linebackers?

With women now accounting for 45% of the NFL’s television audience and accounting for most of the growth in the NFL’s ratings, what will the fallout be– if any.


Post-Super Bowl Record of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Since winning the Super Bowl after the 2002 season, Tampa Bay has had only 4 winning seasons and have not won a single playoff game.

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