Jameis Winston spoke Sunday for the first time since he was cleared of violating Florida State's code of conduct in connection to rape allegations. His goal is to show that the perception of him is not true.
"Perception is reality but perceptions can also be false," Jameis Winston said.
Winston has been the target of multiple accusations both true and false. While he has been cleared multiple times of an alleged rape in 2012, he is still ridiculed by fans for other, much more petty, incidents. We all remember the crab leg incident or the use of obscenities, but the question remains as to whether those stupid mistakes should define Jameis Winston as a person.
"People always can bring up old things but now I'm doing what I do," Winston said. "I'm a loving person. I'm loving my teammates. I'm dependable. I'm accountable. I can't show out to the world that I'm that guy because you're not in the locker room and a lot of people don't know me for who I am."
Winston has been accused of many things, but he can also be accused of being a great teammate, a great leader, a great winner, an ACC All-Academic award winner in 2013, and was originally accepted into Stanford before choosing to attend Florida State.
I know, most people only like to hear the negative things about Winston. He has become one of the biggest villains in sports. Despite other athletes, and in particular football players, being accused of false accusations in the past, Winston is still a target and can't seem to shake the stigma that certain allegations have given him.
"I can't worry about the past, I can't worry about the future," Winston said. "I've got to be where my feet are and keep working every day to become a better person and a better football player and a better teammate."
Jameis Winston is the polarizing figure in this year's NFL Draft. He might be the best and most prepared quarterback in the draft because of his experience in a pro-style offense, but NFL teams will need to be able to trust him before they select him on draft day.
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