I’m done talking about the Jameis Winston case, and you should be, too

AP Photo/Phil Sears
AP Photo/Phil Sears

Things were so much better when the only debate that hung over Jameis Winston’s head was whether or not he could actually see on the football field.

I’d like to go back to those days.

Instead, I have the painful task of writing about the investigation into allegations Winston raped a young woman. Usually, writing isn’t a chore, but today, it is. No part of this topic is fun or funny.

I’m done commenting on the case, and you should stop, too.

First, let me go off on a quick tangent and explain my beef with politics. Everyone’s allowed to have an opinion about it, even if they don’t follow it at all. People who can’t name our current vice president are allowed to elect the next one, and yet they still think you should care about their extreme lack of knowledge of the political arena.

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Law is kind of the same way. Every year, there’s a big case that’s dragged out by the networks for the benefit of ratings. It’s almost always the murder of a child or wife because that’s what will hit the viewer’s emotions the hardest. Then, when the verdict is read, everyone climbs to the top of their soapboxes and wants to explain how the jury got it wrong because it didn’t go the way they wanted.

Those soapboxes have been getting a lot of work in the Winston investigation as well, and most of what I’ve heard on both sides is shaky, at best. On my end, I just don’t know enough about the law to comment further on the case, and I’d urge my readers to tune it back as well.

I understand that a national championship season is hanging in the balance. Believe me, nobody wants to win one of those more than me – I’ve never been a part of a championship experience at the college or professional sports level.

But there’s a lot more at stake here. A girl’s life may have been ruined, a boy’s life may be ruined, or both. I want to see my team in Pasadena in January, but I want to see the truth come out in this messy situation even more.

I’ll say this and then I’ll be done: The coverage of this event hasn’t been great, in my opinion. If the state of Florida is attempting to perform an unbiased investigation, the leaked information and reports should not be allowed to happen. The statements from attorneys are not helping, and publicizing certain aspects of the case could skew the investigation one way or another. That’s not fair to the young people at the center of this alleged crime.

It’s time we all took a step back and gave these people a fair chance to deal with the most important days of their lives.

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