Florida State football has recently seen two of its players get in trouble for hitting women, and head coach Jimbo Fisher made it clear that it would no longer be tolerated under his watch. Speaking to Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post at the ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Fisher made his feelings on the matter known and did not hold back.
“There’s no tolerance for hitting women,” Fisher said.
“You have to continue to educate your kids. We’ve had a very extensive program. We go 40 days a year of bringing in character-building people, developmental conditioning with issues: drugs, alcohol, opposite sex, domestic violence. We’ve done it from the very first day I’ve been there.”
Fisher’s comments come on the heels of former ‘Noles quarterback De’Andre Johnson being dismissed from the team after being charged with misdemeanor battery and having video of the incident become public, and last year’s leading rusher Dalvin Cook is currently on indefinite suspension after being charged with the same crime.
The Johnson and Cook incidents both took places in bars, which reportedly led Fisher to ban all FSU players from such establishments. ESPN also reported that all FSU players attended a five-hour seminar that was originally planned for next month as part of their “continuing education” on matters related to how to avoid getting in trouble away from the field.
It is incredibly refreshing to see Fisher take such a strong stand on violence against women, as FSU has found itself recently treading water in terms of negative publicity. On top of Johnson and Cook, the university is still dealing with lingering effects of the sexual assault investigation against former quarterback Jameis Winston a couple of seasons back, though no charges were brought forth.
It is a sign of the coach taking control of his house, and FSU will only come out of it a better team.
The Seminoles open the season at home against Texas State on September 5.
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