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Why Didn’t Florida State Suspend Jameis Winston For An Entire Game After What He Did Yesterday?

Submitted by on September 17, 2014 – 2:08 pm2 Comments

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston jumped on top of a table yesterday in the middle of the FSU campus and yelled a phrase that his athletic director later called “offensive and vulgar,” he was no doubt trying to be funny. The phrase—which originates from an Internet meme—is every bit as disgusting as you’d imagine. But because the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is still in college, he probably thought that it’d be good for laugh…and that it would then would become a distant memory. But it didn’t.

A short time after Winston said what he said—if you’re still wondering what it was, go here, but be careful because it is definitely NSFW—his words were put on display for the entire world. That’s because several FSU students saw and heard what he did and then tweeted about it. And while it took a few hours before anyone noticed, Deadspin eventually put up a post about what Winston had done. And before long, everyone was talking about it. It put Winston back in the national spotlight yet again for doing something wrong and forced Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher to later suspend Winston for the first half of FSU’s game against Clemson on Saturday. The hope is that that will teach Winston to be more careful about what he says or does from now on.

But will it? Unfortunately, probably not. Because FSU has missed the chance to make a bigger statement here by only suspending him for a half as opposed to a full game. If they really wanted to make a statement, they would suspend Winston for FSU’s entire contest against Clemson and risk their national title hopes in order to show Winston that he has to be more careful about what he does in public from now on. Unfortunately, though, they chose not to do that and put their football team first instead of Winston’s well-being. And because of that, there’s a good chance that, in a week or two or a month or two or a year or two, Winston will forget all about his latest transgression and do something else that gets him into trouble.

Maybe we’re wrong. Maybe Winston will learn a lesson from all of this mess. But we doubt it. And FSU is to blame for that. They could have done the right thing here and suspended him for an entire game to prove that they mean business. But instead, they took the easy way out. Shame on them.

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