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Bama fans are just salty Winston left the state. Can you blame them ?

No but you dont see our fans losing our minds because Julio Jones, Trent Richardson, Derrick Henry, and Amari Cooper left Floridathey have serious issues in the state

Sounds like they see things pretty clearly to me.

Jameis Winston's hometown 'embarrassed' by the FSU QBOn Saturday morning, under a heavy gray sky, they came to H.F. Gilmore-Vines Stadium on Allison-Bonnett Memorial Drive and sat in the concrete bleachers. This weathered bandbox is where Jameis Winston dazzled as a high school player--where Nick Saban and so many other college coaches came to seduce the Hueytown High quarterback. Now, on this field where Winston once made magic, eight- and nine-year-old kids are playing soccer.The action is holding the eyes of Pam Miller, 43, whose brother-in-law coached Winston in baseball in Hueytown. "I am furious with Jameis," says Miller, her gaze locked on her son. "I came here and saw him play in high school and he was a special talent. But in high school they allowed him to do whatever he wanted. You could see then that there were problems. So no one here, sadly, is shocked by anything he's done."His parents haven't held him accountable, his coaches haven't and the police in Tallahassee haven't. I feel bad for him. I pray for him. Because so many people who are supposed to be leaders are failing Jameis."Sitting close to Miller is Gary Jennings, 59, whose son, Bo, played cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001 to '02 and is now the head coach of the Hueytown Heat youth soccer team, which is dominating on the field. "Jameis doesn't have any respect for women and it's like he constantly needs attention," he says, while watching his grandson dribble the ball. "He's embarrassed Hueytown. If I were his father, I would have had a serious, serious talk with him a long time ago. I'll still root for him, but I fear for him."Those who still admire him in Hueytown--there are a few, but not many--believe his missteps are a result of naiveté, of growing up in the country and blindly trusting strangers. Those who are repulsed by his actions see a young man who has never had to suffer serious consequences for his boorish behavior.His most serious problem began in January 2013 when a female student at Florida State accused Winston of sexual battery. Winston claimed the sex was consensual. Last Dec. 5 Willie Meggs, the state attorney for Florida's second judicial circuit, called a press conference. Occasionally laughing at inappropriate times--this was a case study in how not to conduct yourself at a press conference--Meggs said he would not pursue charges against Winston. But Winston's reputation was undeniably tarnished; he may now be the most reviled college football player in America, and the Seminoles perhaps the most despised team in the sport."I know I gotta get more mature," Winston said last December after the ACC championship game. "I gotta get better at everything I do... We gotta keep going higher, and higher, and get better ever single day."Winston's words were pitch perfect; they also were hollow. This summer, he stole crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix. He apologized, and said he knows he must do better. Yet he still couldn't help himself. Two weeks ago he yelled a profane meme from atop a table on the Florida State campus, an action that caused him to be suspended for last Saturday's Clemson game. But then, incredibly, there he was before the game, jogging out onto the field in his uniform. Seminole coach Jimbo Fisher, his face frozen in a look of utter disbelief, told his quarterback to go back to the locker room and remove his pads. Minutes later, there was the joyous Winston standing at his coach's side, his incandescent smile shining in the night, looking like he was having the time of his life. To say Fisher has been tone deaf in the handling of his quarterback would be to traffic in understatement.Some 300 miles away from Florida State campus, there is sadness in Hueytown. A banner celebrating Winston's Heisman trophy has been taken down at H.F. Gilmore-Vines Stadium."He's an embarrassment to Hueytown," says Pam Miller, still watching her son play soccer on the same grass where Winston once flourished. "But the bigger issue is that this young man is ripping apart his future with his own hands. It's like a runaway train. You know it's going to wreck, but all you can do is watch. It's terrible and it's tragic."Miller spoke as if she knows what's coming next.

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