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22 Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013

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Jameis Winston's Sexual Assault Allegations


Jameis Winston's Sexual Assault Allegations
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Towards the end of 2013, news broke that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault supposed to have taken place a year earlier. The case had already been declared open/inactive by police due to a lack of cooperation from the unnamed accuser, but, through an attorney, she countered that the lead detective had warned her against going forward, saying Tallahassee is a "big football town" and that her life would "be made miserable." After the case was made public and the investigation reopened, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced – in a laughter-filled press conference – that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with prosecution. A little over a week later, Winston won the Heisman Trophy by the seventh-largest margin of victory of all-time.


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