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Thursday afternoon Florida prosecutors announced that Jameis Winston, quarterback for Florida State University Seminoles, will not be arrested in an investigation into rape allegations last year.

Prosecutors say key factors in their decision includes the accuser’s recollection of events during the December 2012 incident. The accuser alleged Winston raped her after she had been drinking with friends at a bar, according to Willie Meggs, the state attorney.

“We have a duty as prosecutors to only file … charges if we have a reasonable likelihood of a conviction,” he said. “We did not feel we could meet that burden.”

Meggs also stated that investigators did not have even probable cause to arrest Winston, which requires a low standard of proof.

Defense attorney Tim Jansen described Winston’s reaction in a press conference later in the afternoon: “He was very happy. I can tell you he gave me a hug.”

After hearing the news,  Winston thanked his family, friends, coaches and teammates for standing by him and Meggs’ office for “reaching a decision in a conclusive manner.”

“It’s been difficult to stay silent through this process, but I never lost faith in the truth and in who I am,” Winston’s statement said.

The accuser’s family and others have accused authorities of allowing football interests to dictate the pace and depth of the investigation — Winston is a Heisman Trophy hopeful set to play for a conference championship this weekend and possibly a national championship thereafter — but Meggs brushed off the insinuation.

“We worked as fast as we could with the time constraints that we have,” he said.

While the Tallahassee Police Department’s investigation, which the accuser’s family has publicly criticized, “could have been handled better,” Meggs said, there was nothing that would necessitate an investigation of the department.

Asked specifically about the delay in collecting Winston’s DNA, Meggs called it “immaterial” because Winston’s DNA matched the DNA on the accuser’s underwear. It wasn’t a matter of whether Winston and the accuser had sex, Meggs said; it was a matter of whether it was a “forceful act.”

Another DNA sample was found on the accuser’s shorts, Meggs said, but he wouldn’t say who it belonged to.

He did, however, say the accuser “acknowledged having sex with her boyfriend, but she wouldn’t tell me who her boyfriend was.” Investigators were able to determine his identity later, he said.

The alleged victim was an FSU student, but she left school last month.

 

  • Anthony

    Check out ESPN College Sports (they have a free phone and tablet ap) for a detailed account of what happened that night between Winston and the woman. Frankly, Winston does not look good. He had sex with a woman he had just met who was drunk out of her mind. The fact that she was so drunk, she cannot clearly remember anything hurt her, along with the fact her body shows no sign of trauma. Luckily for Winston, he did not allow his buddies to videotape their sex although one wanted to do so.

    This case should be very sobering for young women, the law says it is against the law to rape a woman who does not or cannot give clear consent, proving it can be very, very difficult. Getting falling down drunk is a very bad idea around people of questionable character.

    Winston will not go to jail, but since the standard of proof is much lower in civil court, the young woman can wait until Winston is a pro and use the hell out of him. This sex will end up being costly for Winston.

  • Brad

    He is truly trifling if you ask me, if the woman you are having sex with is so inebriated that she has no idea what’s happening then that a real problem. If she didn’t give consent then I don’t see how it isn’t considered rape or assault.

    Maybe there is more details to the story than what was given in the ESPN College Sports article.

    I will say this, if interested do a Google search on his girlfriend(probably ex now) Breion Allen, who is a sophomore guard at Rice University.

    She is simply a stunningly attractive young black woman, who seems to have it on the ball.

  • Anthony

    I wonder if Breion Allen still wants to be bothered with Winston anymore.

  • Anthony

    I meant to say that the woman can sue the hell out of Winston when he turns pro because the standard of evidence is much lower in civil court.

  • Marisa

    From reading the documents this case looked an awful lot like Kobe situation they found DNA other than Jameis one of which belong to her boyfriend, she said she was drunk and drugged no drugs were found in her system. Her story was inconsistent from the beginning, my issue is this case wasn’t a new case, this was brought to the cops attention in 2012 what the hell took so long with an investigation. A year ago Jameis Winston was a no name kid sitting behind EJ Manuel, now we hear of this case when Jameis has blown up. Also the dudes that were sneaking peaks and said that girl got mad, locked the door and turned the lights out, those guys said they were looking because they wanted to embarrass Jameis and that they had done that before peeking in on his getdowns. So if I’m the young lady Breion Allen this guy is clearly going with other chicks until she shows up. They are so young ask yourself do you want to be bothered with that for a lifetime relationship. That’s why I always say think long and hard about taking those high school romances into college, especially if one of yall are going to be far away at a campus.

  • Brad

    I agree, cause it sounds like it would be a lifetime of cheating by him if the married.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    Well I said this case can go either way and it went the way of Jameis Winston. I do believe this woman lied because she wasn’t the only one. The thing about it is events like this hurt actual victims.

  • Anthony

    Even if the woman lied, my criticism of Winston laying with this girl stands. Even if a man cares nothing about women’s rights, it is asinine to expose oneself to the potential for life ruining trouble that Winston did over a little bit of pleasure. He showed poor judgement, immaturity, and bad character.

  • Troy

    Brian Banks

  • Anthony

    What I said about Winston is victim blaming if he is innocent, but sometimes what we call victim blaming is also common sense. Drunken hookups, especially with strangers, can go horribly wrong, if you have a future to protect, why take the risk?

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