It's not like Jameis Winston will be the first NFL prospect to moonlight as a serial rapist, but he is entitled to the presumption of innocence. The problem with granting him that right is that there is no way the cops in Tallahassee, Florida are even remotely capable of properly investigating the rape of a young woman.
Walt Bogdanich isn't going to be invited to any booster activities any time soon:
When The Times asked Mr. Winston for an interview, an Atlanta lawyer advising his family, David Cornwell, responded, “We don’t need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady.” Mr. Cornwell, who has represented major sports figures and the N.F.L., added, “Jameis has never sexually assaulted anybody.”
Mr. Winston has previously acknowledged having sex with his accuser but said it was consensual. His account has been supported by two friends from the football team who were with him that night, Chris Casher, who took the video, and Ronald Darby.
A month before the rape accusation became public, the university’s victim advocate learned that a second woman had sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Mr. Winston, according to the prosecutor’s office. The woman did not call it rape — she did not say “no.” But the encounter, not previously reported, “was of such a nature that she felt violated or felt that she needed to seek some type of counseling for her emotions about the experience,” according to Georgia Cappleman, the chief assistant state attorney, who said she had spoken with the advocate but not with the woman.
The victim advocate was concerned enough about the episode to have alerted Mr. Winston’s first accuser.
There's a lot of money at stake here, and that's the underlying theme of this whole sordid, sickening affair. Money kept Winston from being accused properly and investigated. Money is the reason why a young woman now has to live with the stigma of being raped by a privileged young man.
In a day and age where John Calipari can get away with publishing a book about how he takes care of players, it is easy to understand why the whole culture of sports at the collegiate level in this country has dissolved into nothing more than a racket, a farce, and an excuse to ignore the law and keep making money hand over fist. This is corrupting the country and there isn't a lawmaker around who can do anything about it.
You need to read the whole thing in order to discover for yourself just how horrible the police are down there and how the racket--college football--is just a machine to print money. Jameis Winston has thrived in that machine, and he'll probably thrive in the NFL as well.
He had better hope that he doesn't play pro football in a city where there actually are cops who take rape seriously.