Rape, domestic violence, and a hit-and-run are just a few of the crimes recent Florida State football players have been accused of without being charged once. Corruption at the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida State Athletic Department has left blemish on the football program and a bad taste in the mouths of college football fans nationwide.
Jameis Winston was one of the biggest names in college football. The Heisman-winning quarterback was accused of rape by a fellow Florida State student in January 2013 after a night of drinking at a Tallahassee bar. The case nearly ruined the Seminoles title chances but luckily, charges were never filed against Winston. Winston went on to win the Heisman and help the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship over Auburn.
In October, the pregnant girlfriend of Seminoles’ Karlos Williams posted a Facebook status including pictures of bruises along with texts saying that she had been a victim of domestic violence and regretted being quiet about it. After being contacted by the TPD, she decided not to continue with the investigation. If these conversations went along the same lines as the Winston’s case then Williams’ girlfriend was afraid of the consequences that would follow had Williams been arrested.
On October 5, Florida State had just beaten Wake Forest and the town was celebrating the win. Starting corner P.J. Williams drove his car into oncoming traffic at 2:37 a.m. and hit another car head-on. With both cars being totaled, Williams and his passenger, fellow starting corner Ronald Darby, ran from the scene of the accident.
Williams eventually returned to the scene and was found with a suspended license. The TPD never questioned if Williams had been drinking or asked why he ran from the accident. Williams was let off with two traffic tickets instead of being fully charged. After a “technical error” the case did not show up in the city’s public online database of police calls.
There is an understanding of the willingness to win and that sometimes your morals will leave you in order to do so, but FSU is getting out of hand. The only major suspension for these acts was the one game suspension after Winston shouted an obscenity in the Florida State student union. I have lost so much respect for FSU and everyone in their athletic department.
The big question is, what is considered to be too much at Florida State? Tallahassee citizens have already had their lives put in danger by the actions of the Seminole players. Is a death going to be what finally makes head coach Jimbo Fisher change his ways? At this point, there is no telling when the Seminoles will see the consequences of their actions.