Florida State’s Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston will not be playing for the first half of the Seminoles game against Clemson this weekend. Winston yelled an obscene statement tied to an Internet meme on Tuesday morning at the Student Union, causing multiple students to tweet about it.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher was forced to answer multiple questions during the ACC teleconference Wednesday morning about the incident. Fisher stated then that Florida State had addressed the situation and that the University was talking about a punishment. Right before the weekly Jameis Winston press conference, the media received the following email from Florida State:
JOINT STATEMENT BY FLORIDA STATE INTERIM PRESIDENT DR. GARNETT S. STOKES AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS STAN WILCOX
As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University. Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others.
As a result of his comments yesterday, which were offensive and vulgar, Jameis Winston will undergo internal discipline and will be withheld from competition for the first half of the Clemson game.
The University and athletics department will have no further comment on the matter.
Interim President Garnett S. Stokes
Athletic Director Stan Wilcox
Winston opened his press conference with a statement about the incident.
“I want to apologize to the University, to my coaches, and to my teammates. I’m not a ‘me person,’ but in that situation it was a selfish act and that’s not how you do things around here. I really want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them.”
The Florida State SID prohibited any further questions about the incident and cut the press conference short when he received too many of those. Florida State will start redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire, a former 4-star QB from New Jersey who arrived with Winston in the 2012 class. Maguire has attempted just five passes this season with no touchdowns.