Jimbo Fisher bans Florida State players from bars

It appears Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher may finally be taking some action to try to curb the troubling trend of ‘Noles players finding their way onto the police blotter.

It’s been a nightmarish week for FSU, the football program and fans. It started with freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson’s dismissal from the team after video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face at a bar near campus. It ended with an arrest warrant being issued for sophomore running back Dalvin Cook, who, in a separate incident, is accused of, you guessed it, punching a woman in the face at a bar near campus.

Cook has since been suspended indefinitely from the team.

In an effort to finally curb what seems to be an epidemic of bad behavior among his players, Fisher reportedly met with his team on Saturday and banned them from going to bars.

The team-wide restriction comes one day after Fisher issued a statement via email that read:

“Recent events at Florida State University involving members of my football team have brought a lot of attention to the school and program. It is important to me that our fans and the public be aware that I do not tolerate the type of behavior that was captured on video and that was most recently alleged. We spend a good deal of time educating our student-athletes about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as representatives of Florida State. The majority of our players are exemplary, but clearly we must place an even stronger emphasis on this, and I personally promise we will.

I remain committed to educating our young men and holding them accountable for their actions.

Florida State is a great university. Our fans and supporters deserve better than to hear of actions that are not consistent with the school’s proud history and national stature.

We will do better. I will not tolerate anything less.”

For his part, Florida State president John Thrasher put out his own release on Friday, in which he said, “I have asked coach Fisher and athletics director Stan Wilcox to develop a plan to help our student-athletes understand the consequences of these kinds of actions. This will include coach Fisher meeting immediately with his team to reiterate, in no uncertain terms, our expectations of them.”

It would seem Fisher has done as instructed, but one has to wonder where this concern on his behalf and that of the university president’s was when Jameis Winston was wreaking havoc on FSU’s campus and reputation over the last several years. The answer may lie in the fact that while Winston was busy vandalizing property with a BB gun, stealing soft drinks and crab legs from local restaurants and grocery stores, shouting obscenities atop a student union table and allegedly committing sexual assault, he was also winning a national championship and a Heisman trophy.

Perhaps if Fisher and the school had spent less time defending and excusing that behavior to anyone who would listen, and more time “educating (our) student-athletes about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as representatives of Florida State,” they wouldn’t be forced to do it now.

Hopefully for FSU, Fisher and their fans, this is the last we’ll hear of a ‘Noles player not holding up his end of the bargain.

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