Social media is abuzz today, Thursday, Dec 5, after the announcement from a Tallahassee State Attorney's Office source, on radio station ESPN Tallahassee 97.9, that Florida State quarterback and Heisman front runner, Jameis Winston, will not be charged with sexual assault.
The claim stemmed from a reported incident in December 2012.
The decision came, according to the source who drafted the statement from Florida State Attorney, Willie Megs, after officials concluded that there was not enough evidence to proceed. Meaning, that if the case were to go further, Prosecutors would have a difficult-to-impossible time of securing an indictment or finding Winston guilty.
Earlier this year, DNA evidence had proved that Winston did have a sexual encounter with the accuser. However, Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, claimed it was consensual and stated he had witnesses to corroborate that.
The case has been mired in controversy since it broke a few months back, with many claiming that Winston may have received special treatment in Tallahassee due to the team's possible NCAA National Championship berth, and the expectation of Winston to win the Heisman trophy if not charged. Others have also questioned the timing of the official announcement, today at 2:00 PM EST, as the Heisman trophy voting is due Monday, Dec 9.
Jansen, who has maintained his client's innocence throughout the year, stated that the announcement is a result of pressure from all sides to have the case resolved in a timely manner.
Given the announcement, it is expected that Winston will remain the starting quarterback for the Seminoles for the remainder of the season.
Early public opinion on the decision is split on social media. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.