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SBM Sports: 3 Reasons Jameis Winston Should STILL Be the Heisman Favorite


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Make no mistake; there is only one choice for the Heisman Trophy this season: Jameis Winston.

Winston’s numbers have been incredible, and he’s done it without playing in the fourth quarter of many games. He has the Florida State Seminoles in position to play for their first BCS National Championship since 2000.

So what’s the hold up?

Well, Winston also has an open sexual assault case pending against him. In December of 2012, a woman went to the police to report the assault. Over the next two months, the case moved forward before eventually being labeled open, but inactive. Last month, TMZ – acting on a tip – contacted the Tallahassee police looking for information. They broke the story of the open investigation, and the story blew up in the media.

Since then, sports media personalities from various outlets have called Winston’s Heisman candidacy into question. Some have decided to leave him off their ballot completely. With ballots due December 9th, and a decision on whether to pursue charges against Winston delayed indefinitely, it seems voters will have to decide if they want to award the most prestigious trophy in college sports to an accused rapist.

Again, Winston is the only choice. Here’s why: jameis-winston-rape-victim

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He’s the only one that deserves the award

This wouldn’t have been the case if Marcus Mariota (of the Oregon Ducks) or Johnny Manziel (last year’s Heisman winner from Texas A&M) hadn’t faded on the field, leading their teams to crushing losses.

It also wouldn’t be the case if Jordan Lynch (of Northern Illinois), AJ McCarron (of the Alabama Crimson Tide) were serious candidates. But they aren’t. Lynch has been the biggest fish in the smallest pond. McCarron is above average at his position…but this isn’t an award for the abovest average.

Winston has been head and shoulders above his peers. That matters because…

This is an award for on-field production.

The stated mission of the Heisman Trust, who hands out the award is:

[to] annually recognize the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work…

I realize that the people who vote for this award are swayed by emotion and off-the-field antics. But what proof does anyone have that Winston hasn’t lived up to this mission? His integrity is intact until the evidence tells us otherwise. That is the key piece here. Because voters have to remember…

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Winston hasn’t even been charged with anything yet!

If Winston had been charged and acquitted, there might be an argument against his candidacy. As it stands, he has been accused of a horrible crime that took 11 months to gain any real traction.

Rape is one of the most serious crimes there is, but anyone can accuse another person of anything. And because the charge is so serious, you can’t presume guilt and give a 19-year old a permanent scar on his reputation.

But if he’s guilty? F*ck him.

I won’t be the one to leap to that conclusion. And he doesn’t deserve that from Heisman voters either. As of December 3rd, 2013. He’s earned the award.

And if the worst should happen, there’s a precedent from a Heisman perspective for that. Go back to the Heisman website. You’ll notice that there is no mention of Reggie Bush, the 2005 award winner. In 2010, he was stripped of his award, and as far as the record indicates, no one won it that year. Works for me.

How about you? Would you vote for Winston today, not knowing the outcome of the investigation? Cast your vote in the comments below!


  1. This young man should win the Heisman because he is the most outstanding player in college football on arguably the best team in all of college football. These charges should not play a factor in the minds of the voters because for right now these charges are pending. If he gets charged and convicted then they can take a vote to rescind the award. Until then don't punish this young man for something he could be innocent of. And before anyone says anything….I am a Buckeye Fan…peep the hoodie! Go Bucks! We gettin in that national championship game 🙂
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    1. Was with you right up until you typed that last sentence. I just threw up my lunch.

      GO BLUE!

      BTW, going for 2 at the end of the game was ok by me. If you can't gain 2 yards, you don't deserve to win.

  2. this culture of "trial by media" needs to end. mr. winston is a very young man and if he is innocent, this should not be something that scars his reputation for life. so let's cling tight to that good old american value of "innocent until PROVEN GUILTY!"

    in truth, i hate the rape culture free pass many athletes receive, but THIS victim inistially described an assailant who was 5 to 7 inches SHORTER than the man she eventually named as her assailant, and at some point, she stopped cooperating with police. my guess is that there is more to this than we know… hopefully, there are ethical professionals heading this investigation and justice will be served.

    until then, mr. winston is innocent until proven guilty.

    1. I hear that. But a lot of people are seemingly voting with their hearts. No one wants to be the guy that put a rapist as his #1 vote. They'd rather pick the safe choice of a guy who isn't as good (no matter who else they pick). Hedging like that is weak.

  3. I know TMZ is doing its job. Get your money.

    But his name SHOULD not be leaked until he is convicted.

    But we are going to see a glimpse of politics in the sports world in the coming weeks.


  4. Trinidad Jameis is easily the best player in college football, over the years, Tom Renaldi and ESPN has repackaged the Heisman as some untouchable tradition of honor and suddenly things like character are factored in. No. Its up to the law of the land to punish Jameis, not sportswriters.
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  5. Jameis should win the Heisman Trophy. However, we all know that "what should be" versus "what is" can be two separate things in many cases.

    Obviously, this is a subjective award, right? People vote and it's their opinions based on how they interpret the above mentioned criteria. Interpretations are going to be based on people's moral makeup, experiences, values, etc, etc… Everyone isn't going to be on the same page. There will be old white people some folks that just see the world differently.

    Personally, I don't see why they just don't give Winston the Reggie Bush treatment if he turns out to be convicted and found guilty. They retroactively took away Bush's trophy years after he won it based on allegations of NCAA violations. If he's guilty…just take it back…if not then let him keep it.

  6. 1. He didnt do it.
    2. N.Fl crackas are THAT bad…they will do anything to diminish a young black adults career…ESP when we on top! & Famous Jameis clearly is…
    3. She hollering rape now bc she knew "who" he was…he didnt want anything to do with her besides a nut which he got…she got mad bc she didnt know 'her role', now she at the game in the stands while the teammates like "I got next!"

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