Jameis Winston never fails to disappoint

Jameis Winston never fails to disappoint

By: Ashley Conley

Jameis Winston is in the news for something bad, again.

Winston was invited to a Florida elementary school on Wednesday to “deliver a message of inspiration and self-confidence”, according to a tweet sent out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But that’s not entirely how things went down.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said in his speech. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”

WHAT!?!?!?

This famous football player just told girls that “they’re supposed to be silent” after instructing them to remain seated while the boys in the room stood and received a speech about how they’re supposed to be the “strong” ones? To say I’m disgruntled by Winston’s dialogue would be an understatement. Even if his intentions were good, an athlete who has the potential to be a role model should think about what he’s going to say before it leaves his mouth in an elementary school full of young, learning children.

Winston apologized for his comments, citing that he used “a poor word choice that may have overshadowed” what was meant to be a positive message.
Winston made headlines for multiple behavioral/moral issues throughout his collegiate football career. In 2012, the then-Florida State recruit was accused of rape. The lawsuit was eventually settled and Winston faced no charges. Then, in 2014, Winston was caught on video stealing crab legs from a Publix grocery store. He was issued a civil citation. Later that same year, the Heisman Trophy winner stood on top of a table at FSU and yelled a sexual obscenity. He received a one-game suspension as punishment.

Hopefully, Winston’s “poor word choice” isn’t a step back in the wrong direction.

Cover Image: nypost.com
Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy
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