TALLAHASSEE- The defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles and their quarterback, Jameis Winston, are at the center of controversy again this week, after state and government officials discovered several links between the Heisman Trophy winner and the extremist Islamic group ISIS.
“We think he was planning on finishing the season and then heading to Syria to join ISIL over there,” FSU Athletic Director Stan Wilcox told reporters. “That’s why we have decided to suspend him for one and a half games.”
Coming off a one-game suspension for using foul language in the student union, the University and the FBI are trying to send a clear message that this type of activity isn’t appropriate for a student athlete.
“We have been working closely with James Comey and the FBI to come up with a punishment that works for everyone,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher. “Sean Maguire helped us beat Clemson and he’ll be ready for NC State and Wake Forest,” he continued.
The star athlete is no stranger to national controversy. In 2013, he was accused of rape - no charges were filed. And in 2014, he was required to finish 20 hours of community service for shoplifting $32.72 worth of crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix Supermarket. Winston was also suspended from the FSU baseball team for the incident.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches, my family, the fans, and the country for my involvement with ISIS. I acted selfishly and I regret it,” Winston said at a press conference this morning. “I understand my actions are unacceptable and look forward to rejoining my team after the first half of the Wake Forest game,” he explained.