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Bad sports, good sports: Jameis Winston is a moron

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It’s been a few months, so I guess it’s time for another column about how big an idiot Jameis Winston is. The Florida State quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner continues to prove that he just doesn’t get it. This time, he was suspended for Saturday night’s game against Clemson after making a public ass of himself on campus last week.

Last Tuesday, while walking through a campus building, Winston decided it would be a good idea to jump up on a table and scream a vulgarity about women at the top of his lungs. Now, to be entirely fair, the thing he yelled was a stupid thing from an internet meme that has been making the rounds, and he likely thought it was actually funny. If he were anyone other than the most famous player in college football, it might not have made much of a wave. Instead, it was captured numerous times by people taking pictures and video and it quickly became public knowledge.

This is the same guy that was accused of rape and managed to skate through that with what appeared to be a lot of help from local police and the school’s administration. He also stole crab legs from a local grocery store and received no significant punishment. Instead of being thankful for his good fortune and being extra careful that he did not get into more trouble, this kid just puts his foot right in it whenever he can. The school is no better, really. Coach Jimbo Fisher initially suspended him for just the first half of the Clemson game. Wow, really, Jimbo? Way to lay down the law and show those kids who’s boss. After the public outcry that followed the pseudo-suspension, and in the wake of all of the tumult happening in the NFL, someone at Florida State had second thoughts and announced that Winston would sit out the whole game. They stated that they had discovered he hadn’t told the full truth about the incident, so that caused them to increase the penalty. So it seems that lying to the university is also only worth a suspension of half a game.

The quarterback took the whole thing so seriously that he showed up on the sideline of the game in full uniform, despite having been suspended. Fisher fell on the sword for this one, saying it was his fault. He has not come out looking very good through this whole thing, I tell you that. Look, I know that it is unlikely that the number one team in the country is going to exile its best player unless it absolutely has to. Florida State nearly lost to Clemson on Saturday, needing a last minute comeback and overtime to win the game and remain undefeated. Will voters hold this incident against Florida State? Doubtful. Will Heisman voters avoid Winston when the time comes for that ballot? Some of them will, sure. How could they not? The biggest question is whether he is costing himself millions of dollars by convincing NFL teams that he is immature and a train-wreck waiting to happen. I believe he is. He needs to grow up and start taking responsibility for his actions.

Bad sports, continued:

2) Continuing the NFL’s domestic abuse nightmare, Jonathan Dwyer, a running back for the Arizona Cardinals, was arrested on Wednesday after head-butting and punching his wife and throwing a shoe at his two-year-old son. He has been placed on the reserve-non-football injury list, ending his season.

3) Another Sprint car driver has been killed. Scott Semmelmann died in a practice crash on Saturday at a track in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He was 47 years old.

4) NFL kicker Rob Bironas, who was a free agent after last playing for the Tennessee Titans, was killed in a single-car accident on Saturday in Nashville. He reportedly had tried to run someone off the road near his house. Those same people found the wreck shortly after.

5) Treyvon Paul, a freshman on the University of Tennessee football team, was kicked off the team after he punched his girlfriend in the mouth at a party over the weekend.

6) Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was released by the team on Thursday after they became aware of a report that said he had received several citations involving drugs and alcohol back in July. The player was currently serving a suspension for a DUI arrest last year.

7) Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL while celebrating a sack during his team’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Up to this point, Tulloch has never missed a game during his nine years in the league. That’s about to change.

Good sports:

1) Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester set the all-time NFL record for kick-return touchdowns on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, returning a punt for his 20th career return touchdown. The celebration of his feat was nearly ruined by the ridiculous and uncomfortable slobbering that former record-holder Deion Sanders was doing over Hester on the NFL Network’s post-game show, but we’ll let that slide and celebrate the accomplishment.

2) Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams, a mid-season pickup, accomplished something very odd on Saturday. He collected a win against the Oakland A’s for the third time this season and with his third different team. That has never happened before.

3) Think you’re a big hitter on the golf course? Belgian golfer Nick Colsaerts hit a 447 yard drive at the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Thursday. He didn’t waste it either. He reached the green of the 613-yard hole in two and one-putted for an eagle.

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Alan Spoll is a software quality assurance director from the suburbs of Philadelphia where he lives with his wonderful wife and children. He has spent his entire life as a passionate fan of the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, and Penn State. Recent Phillies success aside, you will understand his natural negativity. Follow me on Twitter - @DocAlan02
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