TALLAHASSEE – Up to this point it's been a dream season for the FSU football team. That's changed a bit as of Wednesday, with at the very least, a rather large distraction looming for Heisman frontrunner Jameis Winston.
He's being linked to an investigation into a sexual battery first reported to Tallahassee police back in December.
Winston's not named in the Tallahassee Police Department's incident report. It states the suspect only as a man with a dark complexion, 240 pounds, no taller than 5'11". Jameis is 6'4".
Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, says police contacted his client back in February of this year, but no charges were filed and Winston was not interviewed by police at that time.
The State Attorney in Tallahassee, Willie Meggs, says his office only found out about the case Wednesday, which he admits is a bit odd.
Jansen says he and Jameis are cooperating with police and they've supplied them with witness affidavits, adding quote "We hope this case will be resolved quickly in Mr. Winston's favor."
Early Wednesday evening the FSU Sports Information Department put out a release stating neither Coach Jimbo Fisher nor other school officials can comment because the investigation remains open. It adds there is no change in Jameis' status with the team, and that he and Coach Fisher will not take questions regarding this matter. They'll stick to football questions only for now.
Winston's the Heisman frontrunner with 2,661 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. He's led the Seminoles to a 9-0 record and a berth in the ACC title game. Florida State is also on track to make it to the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena in early January.