The turbulent autumn of Jameis Winston is taking another step closer to its completion this weekend. According to Yahoo.com, the family of Jameis Winston’s accuser has scheduled to hold a press conference on Friday. The announcement was made on Tuesday through coordinated emails sent out to the media.
Since the story broke to the public about sexual assault allegations in November, the family has been thoroughly silent.
However, their timing of the press conference could not come at a more inopportune time for Jameis Winston and college football. There’s no doubt that picking the Friday before the Heisman ceremony will take some of pep out of the awards show.
After an investigation by the Florida State Attorney in November, Willie Meggs decided not to press charges and announced his decision on Dec. 5. Though the press conference seemed out of character for such a serious allegation, Meggs said that he did not have enough evidence, and the accuser’s timeline of events were not consistent.
Yahoo reports that the reason for Friday’s press conference is not clear. Here’s an excerpt. "While the nature of Friday’s press conference was not specified in the email, the family of the accuser does have several avenues of legal recourse even though Winston was not formally charged by the Florida State’s Attorney’s office."
According to Yahoo, the complainant has various actions that they can take over the next several years.
Here’s a list of things that are still in play via Yahoo.
- The complainant could sue Winston. Under the statute of limitations, the complainant has until Dec. 7, 2016 to sue. That would be four years from the date of the original complaint. The complainant could claim Winston battered her during sex without her consent. She could also claim false imprisonment and/or emotional distress.
- The complainant could sue the Tallahassee Police Department. The lawyer for the family has already publicly stated that missteps were made by the TPD – the biggest being the 10-month delay in testing DNA and interviewing witnesses – and that detective Scott Angulo strongly urged the complainant not to continue with the case because of Winston’s profile as a football player.
- The complainant could sue Florida State University for its lack of supervision over Winston.
- The complainant could petition the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to review the investigation.
Jameis Winston has been the front runner for the Heisman trophy since late October. The uncertainty of his situation definitely altered the outcome of the ballot this year. On Monday it was announced that six players were invited to the Heisman ceremony. That's the most players since 1994.