22 Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013

Aaron Hernandez, Manti Te'o and more of the year's most troubling sports stories

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Jameis Winston's Sexual Assault Allegations
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21. Jameis Winston's Sexual Assault Allegations

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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