It’s been a whirlwind summer for the Florida State Seminoles football program, and two players have recently commented on off-field incidents that saw one player dismissed from the program and another put on indefinite suspension.
Speaking to Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and kicker Roberto Aguayo discussed their reactions to the expulsion of former QB De’Andre Johnson and running back Dalvin Cook.
“It was shocking,” Ramsey said. “That’s all I can say. It was really shocking.”
“It’s unfortunate,” Aguayo said. “Things like that shouldn’t happen … but every action has a consequence.”
But Ramsey wasn’t done. Adding to the shock behind the dismissal of Johnson and Cook’s suspension, he added that players are educated on off-field behavior from the moment they put on a uniform.
“We’ve covered all aspects since I’ve been a freshman,” Ramsey said, including educating players on treating women with respect and the dangers of getting involved with drugs and alcohol.
“Coaches make sure they talk to us about everything, but it’s unfortunate we had a mistake.”
“We know what’s right and wrong,” Ramsey said. “We’ve had one bad incident right now (and) we’ve had one incident from a player not on the team anymore. Most people know 99 percent of our team is good kids, with good character who do the right thing on and off the field and in the classroom. We’ve had a problem and now it’s magnified.
“We’ll do things the right way.”
FSU’s reputation this summer, combined with the lingering image issues following the behavior and sexual assault allegations surrounding former quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and championship winner Jameis Winston’s sexual assault investigation. No charges were brought forth in that case, but it was enough to make people look at the Seminoles’ football team in a different and not so positive light.
In response to what has happened this summer, head coach Jimbo Fisher has banned his players from attending bars, as both Johnson and Cook’s individual incidents occurred at such establishments.
But at the same time, it’s nice to hear from two key players on the team that Cook and Johnson were exceptions, not the rule. Florida State football has been revitalized under Fisher, and players like Ramsey and Aguayo are the types of people who will only bring it more forward.
FSU opens the season at home against Texas State on September 5.
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