“Path of Least Resistance”- Why it’s easy to be ‘ANTI’ Jameis Winston

When I was growing up I heard the ‘older folk’ say that we lived in a Microwave society where we can’t get anything fast enough. Today that microwave society has been replaced with an even faster one; a 100GB/s download 18 core ‘process my life faster’ I-need-it-now life where its damn  tomorrow, what can I enjoy now?

We wake, work, play, work, and at least a few times a week say there aren’t enough hours in the day. So I dont blame people for not taking the time to think things through. Thats what blogs are for.

Buc Country is divided… but all thats required is some fact searching. And forgiveness

Jameis Winston is one of two things to us now; either Villian, scumbag, sex addict, subhuman, sociopath; or he’s a damn good football player and were willing to look the other way/make an excuse (or give a reason) for his behavior so we can move on with week 4 in the NFL with a (hopefully) 1-2 record and a date in Chicago. After all, I’ve got 4 things to do this hour, what else can there be? Ive got to move forward people.

I’ll tell you what else there is. Ill tell you exactly what Jameis Winston is, but brace yourself, you may not want to read this, it may force you to take an hour to think deep.

Jameis Winston is a 24 year old human being, who made another mistake 2 and a half years ago after making a bunch of other mistakes 4 years ago when he was 19 and 20.

Before you add Winston to the list of “me too” scoundrels, ask yourself 3 important questions.

Jameis Winston has been exemplary as a Buccaneer, save this one incident almost 3 years ago.

1. What has Jameis Winston done since he’s been both a Buccaneer, and since his suspension vs Clemson game.  Answer: This Uber ride incident. I understand he did stuff before at Florida State, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make decisions based on his tenure with their organization; not while a college student.

2. Is Jameis showing improvement since the beginning of his bad judgements at Florida State? Answer: based on answer to Question 1, we have to say yes. (SEE article posted today 8AM )

3) Are there positives besides his football play that counter his bad behavior? Yes, in fact there are many, and listed below.

You can also ask yourself what was event that happened, is there a clear story being told of what happened? Or is there doubt?

And finally, the all important point that only a few are considering: it’s incredibly easy to put Jameis Winston in our shoes, it’s a lot harder to try to put ourselves in his. Anyone who has ever done anything wrong in the eyes

When you’ve done something wrong, you’re made out to be a monster

of the law, knows that if the story makes the newspaper, it will make you look like a monster. Thats because the only thing they’re talking about is the bad stuff, thats why its important to take a moment from your busy life…. and think.

Everyone deserves a second chance, and people who dont believe that, the one and done group, I’ve got something for you. In today’s Opiate epidemic world, the odds are someone close to you will be arrested soon enough and you’ll be forced to come to grips with this conclusion: People CAN change, its just that they usually dont because they lack the life changing experience that is the catalyst for it. For Jameis, that seemed to be having football taken away. Remember the suspension vs Clemson?  The Uber incident is the only thing that has happened since his first real punishment that took away something he loves.

Look at these dates, look at the pattern, and remember the concept of making a change;

2012  BB Gun Incidents; shooting at Squirel, then at each other causing damage (paid for).  

Dec. 2012-  Student accuses  Winston of rape. She reports to Police that dvice drop the investigation contending the woman has refused to cooperate. 9 months later its sent to state attorneys who do not purse the case citing lack of evidence to prosecute. US Dept of Education investigates Fl.States handling under title IX. in 2014 school investigates under Student Code of CONDUCT. Cleared all three times but not without scrutiny.

July 2013 Takes Soda from Burger King after getting a water cup and tossing water.

April 2014 Accused of stealing Crab Legs from Publix in Tallahassee. Said he forgot to pay. Later came out that players received free food from this Publix on a normal basis, but Manager on duty that day knew nothing about the deal. 

May 2014 Fails to show up for Code of Conduct hearing. Says he was told he didn’t have to show up. Unclear on this, but university later admits students do not have to show.

Sept. 2014  Winston jumps up on table in  school library and shouts out a sexually, expletive laced phrase made popular on the internet from a meme. 

It was at this stage FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher suspended Winston for the Clemson game, Winston has commented this was worst thing ever to happen to him. 

March 2016- Gropes female Uber driver in crotch area. Will be suspended 3 games during the 2018 season.

Look, Im not trying to make an excuse for the guy, I happen to be someone who has had a past, so second and maybe third chances are an important subject. But my mistakes are from 20 years ago, so no one should judge me on that now. Jameis too has made mistakes but they too are in the past, just not as far back as he, or we, would like.

 

Undecided on Jameis Winston? Read a complete list of off-field actions by the Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB

 

When you’ve done something wrong, the newspapers make you out to be a monster

Ask anyone who has ever been on the wrong side of the law and had it written about in the paper or talked about in the media; they can make a monster out of you. Thats because one thing they do NOT do is list all of the (or usually ANY OF THE) positives. So lets do that here… but lets be fair. Were not talking about taking away his Florida State diploma or anything from College life; this is about what he has done since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Jameis to Bucs.. “You know you want this” Bucs to Jameis “yeah we do”

The Buccaneers vetted him with a fine tooth comb, so lets see exactly what they got; and not On field accomplishments as they do not count. This is about moral character, is it not? So before anyone else calls him a thug, rapist, immoral, or other descriptive words, lets dig in and look at both sides of the coin.

List of Jameis Winston acts of poor judgement
  • March 2016- Groped an Uber driver in the crotch.
List of positive Jameis Winston acts: in the community
  •  One of the team’s most active community members, regularly donating his offseason time to supporting causes in Tampa Bay, Tallahassee, and the Birmingham communities.
  •  Serves as the spokesperson and “Quarterback” for the team’s Buccaneers Academy initiative, which impacts over 14,000 youth and 2,100 teachers at 24 public schools in Tampa Bay.
  •  In June 2016 and 2017, hosted the Jameis Winston ProCamp in Tampa and the Dream Forever Football Camp in Fairfield, Alabama for hundreds of youth football participants. In June 2017, also hosted the Elite Championship Camp for youth in Tallahassee.
  • Makes annual visits to Birmingham-area libraries, summer programs, hospitals and schools to share positive messages and lift the spirits of children throughout his hometown community.
  •  Leads the Buccaneers’ efforts in the annual “Special Olympics Day” at Training Camp, engaging with athletes through football drills and activities every year.
  • Hosted the “Dream Big Day” graduation celebration for fifth graders at Egypt Lake Elementary School, a Buccaneers Academy, in May 2017.
  •  Has participated in the Buccaneers 2015, 2016 and 2017 Cut for a Cure, having his head shaved by pediatric cancer patients to raise funds and awareness for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  •  Along with Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, hosted the Buccaneers Academy Educational Huddle in downtown Tampa in December 2016.
  •  In June 2016, visited victims of the Pulse night club shooting at Orlando Regional Medical Center
  •  In June 2016, participated in a surprise visit to the West Tampa Boys & Girls Club with WWE star Titus O’Neill and teammate Donovan Smith to share positive messages with the members and surprise kids with tickets to WWE Monday Night RAW.
  •  In April 2016 and 2017, served as the celebrity starter for the “One Walk to Cure Diabetes” in downtown Tampa to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2017, finished in First Place out of thousands of participants.
  •  In December 2015, visited patients battling injury and illness at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
  •  In November 2015, congratulated students at Pinellas Park Middle School for winning the Fuel Up To Play 60 “Defend Your Turf Challenge” through a special assembly and P.E. class.
  •  In October 2015, participated in games, arts and crafts, and activities with children at Metropolitan Ministries annual Fall Festival.
  •  In September 2015, served lunch to more than 250 hungry and homeless men and women at Trinity Café.
  •  In September 2015 and 2016, participated in the Back to Football luncheon to speak to local business leaders about the excitement for the season.
  •  In July 2015, went bowling with rookie or first-year firefighters and paramedics.
  •  In June 2015, traveled to Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, FL to visit Dwayne Mitchell, a high school student battling a rare heart disease, to spend time with Mitchell and show support for the Mitchell family.
  •  In May 2015, served as a celebrity guest at the Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota FL to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.
  •  In May 2015, visited wounded warriors recovering from injury and illness at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.

You will notice specific dates stop around offseason 2015, thats because this is taken from the latest Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media Guide available, 2017. For anyone who feels I’ve discredited this entry by leaving out the Florida State headlines, Im not going to include college antics that happened 5 and 6 years ago, and in fact they would probably prove my point that Jameis Winston is on a positive curve away from immature behavior.

IT STOPS RIGHT HERE… This Uber incident is the only peep we’ve heard since the suspension vs Clemson. Its not good, but it shows change on the part of Jameis.

See future article “Why It’s Easy to be ANTI Jameis Winston- Path of Least Resistance”.. later today at 5PM

 

 

Don’t feel sorry for Jameis Winston; at least he doesn’t work in Hollywood

Winston will more than likely begin the season on the sideline.

As its becoming clear Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is going to be suspended by the NFL for the first 3 games of the season, sentiment among Bucs fans is to cry foul.

Shouts of ‘its not fair’ are being heard on facebook and twitter, and maybe it isn’t.  Winston has denied any wrong doing, although his Uber account was suspended after the incident was reported. With no court date, no evidence hearing, Winston has been branded guilty by the NFL and sentenced. It’s not something were used to in this country where our innocence is supposed to be presumed.

But this is the private sector, and even the court of public opinion has weight in this jurisdiction. A conviction isn’t necessary as scores of fans think Winston is already guilty of bad sex conduct going back to his days at Florida State where he was accused of rape.

It was a charge he was exonerated for three time, although even the greatest fan can admit the evidence was poorly handled by Tallahassee police.

Truth is it could be worse for Winston, he could work in Hollywood. No not for the LA Rams, but for Paramount, or CBS, or Bad Robot; or any other film making company who fires employees when word of impropriety arises.

Ryan Fitzpatrick went 2-1 as Bucs QB starter last year during Winstons injuries.

Winstons ‘alleged’ transgression will cost him three paychecks, but it may cost others far more than that. For over a decade the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started out slow in NFL seasons, facing an uphill battle each year, one they usually cannot overcome. Going in his place will be NFL Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick who has had some levels of success throwing the ball in the NFL, and who went 2-1 last year as a starter during Jameis’s injuries.

Tampa Bay’s head coach Dirk Koetter barely survived with his job last season, as expectations were high for the Bucs to win coming off a 9-7 season and instead going 5-11. A fast start is critical to having a good season as Bucs ownership is not likely to retain Koetter after another losing season.

Then a new coaching staff would come in, which would make it the 6th head coach in 12 years; A recipe for even more continued losing. A new coach who will also have absoluetly no ties to Winston who was drafted by Koetter’s boss Jason Licht who could be held responsible for the vetting of Jameis in 2015. A new head coach may see another path for winning with a new QB, in what could be a preferred one besides the beleaguerd Florida State product.

Well, maybe the NFL isn’t that dis-similar from Hollywood after all.