Corruption At FSU Has Gone Too Far

Rape, domestic violence, and a hit-and-run are just a few of the crimes current Florida State football players have been accused of without being charged once.

Corruption at the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida State Athletic Department has left blemish on the football program and a bad taste in the mouths of college football fans nationwide.

Jameis Winston is one of the biggest names in college football. The reigning Heisman-winning quarterback was accused of rape by a fellow Florida State student in January 2013 after a night of drinking at a Tallahassee bar. The case nearly ruined the Seminoles title chances but luckily, charges were never filed against Winston. Winston went on to win the Heisman and help the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship over Auburn.

The Tallahassee PD were responsible for the handling of the rape allegations. In this timeline conducted by the Tampa Bay Times, you will see how little the police department wanted to involve Winston in anything and how they seemed to threaten the accuser to continue with the allegations or her life would be miserable.

In October, the pregnant girlfriend of Seminoles’ leading rusher Karlos Williams posted a Facebook status including pictures of bruises along with texts saying that she had been a victim of domestic violence and regretted being quiet about it. After being contacted by the TPD, she decided not to continue with the investigation. If these conversations went along the same lines as the Winston case, Williams’ girlfriend was afraid of the consequences that would follow the arrest of Williams and the entire Seminole fan base against her.

On October 5, Florida State had just beaten Wake Forest and the town was celebrating the win. Starting corner PJ Williams drove his car into oncoming traffic at 2:37 A.M and hit another car head on. With both cars being totaled, Williams and his passenger, fellow starting corner Ronald Darby, ran from the scene of the accident. Williams eventually returned to the scene and was found with a suspended license. The TPD never questioned if Williams had been drinking or asked why he ran from the accident. Williams was let off with two traffic tickets instead of being fully charged. After a “technical error” the case did not show up in the city’s public online database of police calls.

The most obvious police protection of the football team came in an incident with FSU receiver Jesus Wilson. Wilson was stopped on a scooter by the TPD that was reported stolen. Wilson claimed he borrowed it but could not give the last name of the owner. The officer let him off because he cooperated and did not seem guilty. The actual owner was contacted by the officer and was told he did not want to arrest Wilson because he was a football player and did not want to have his name connected to the arrest of a football player. The officer even went as far as asking the owner if he was mentally stable and forgot if he lent the scooter to Wilson. Thankfully, Wilson was charged with a misdemeanor in this case by the FSU Police Department instead of the Tallahassee Police Department.

I understand the willingness to win and that sometimes your morals will leave you in order to do so, but FSU is getting out of hand. The only major suspension for these acts was the one game suspension after Winston shouted an obscenity in the Florida State student union.I have lost so much respect for FSU and everyone in their athletic department.

I do however have much respect for coaches who are willing to suspend or cut their best players for their actions. An example would be Mark Richt at UGA and how he handled the Todd Gurley situation. Gurley was suspended before the NCAA even got a chance to do it. Washington recently cut potential first-round pick Marcus Peters and LSU parted ways with former CB Tyrann Mathieu after an All-American season.

The big question is, what is going to be “too much” at Florida State? Tallahassee citizens have already had their lives put in danger by the actions of the Seminole players. Is a death going to be what finally makes Jimbo Fisher change his ways? At this point, there is no telling when the Seminoles will see the consequences of their actions.

*Section Photo credit to Grant Halverson, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports

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