Erica Kinsman, the Florida State student who accused Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston of rape in 2012, has decided to come forward and tell her story on camera.
A documentary titled The Hunting Ground, premiered last Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, and takes a look at the epidemic of rape on college campuses and the lengths that some schools go to cover it up. The film, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick, doesn’t center around Kinsman and Winston only, but their story is included.
Kinsman for the first time, described the details of the alleged assault that took place on December 6, 2012 when Winston and Kinsman met at on-campus bar in Tallahassee. Winston has maintained the sexual encounter was consensual, and no charges were filed after an investigation by State Attorney Willie Meggs. Winston also faced disciplinary action from the school, but after a Code of Conduct hearing performed by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding, it was ruled there was not enough evidence to support that Winston had violated the school’s code of conduct.
Winston, who led Florida State to a national championship as a freshmen, and an undefeated regular season as a sophomore, has declared for the upcoming NFL Draft and is projected as a top 5 pick by virtually all scouts and draft prognosticators. The Buccaneers hold the overall No. 1 pick in the draft and are thought to be strongly considering Winston.
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I wonder which version of the story well get this time. And before anything be chastises me, I’m not belitteling rape victims, it’s a horrible crime.
I just tend to believe the supreme court justice who couldn’t find anything, the the state attorney who couldn’t find enough proof, or the school who couldnt. I’ve read evey single report in this case and she’s changed her story four or five times.
This is a clear money grab for her since she couldn’t get any of Jameis’ future earnings. Oh and she was tweeting how good Jameis looked in the Clemson game and that was after weeks of supposedly being raped. Sounds like a real tortured woman to me.
Until proof comes out other wise it’s a wash, but I’m sure she’s getting paid well for this story.
Please provide PROOF of said tweet ASAP!
Officer Scott Angulo handled Kinsman’s case—or mishandled it, if Kinsman’s attorneys are to be believed. Angulo was a Florida State graduate who did private security work for the Seminole Boosters, a major fundraising arm of Florida State athletics. In the wake of her rape accusation, he failed to obtain a DNA sample from Winston, failed to interview him, failed to question the cab driver, failed to demand video footage from the 30 cameras inside Potbelly’s, and failed to question Seminoles defensive end Chris Casher, Winston’s roommate/teammate who allegedly tried to tell him to stop raping Kinsman. According to Kinsman, the Tallahassee Police Department did nothing for 10 months
That’s cute. There’s still the BAC level .04, the negative tox screen and negative physical which were all done within 24 hours of the alleged abuse. Those are all vitally important in a case of rape when the accuser insinuates that she cannot recall information properly because of being hit over the head or drugged. None of which proved to happen. Kinsman has been proven to be an unreliable witness by both DA Meggs and Judge Harding.
Not to desensitize the incident out of concern for the victim, whether that victim is Erica or Jameis, but I’m going to view this strictly from a Buccaneer standpoint since this is a Buccaneer website. It doesn’t matter if Winston did this or not. It’s makes headlines and the headlines aren’t going anywhere. My guess is that Kinsman is biding her time until after Winston gets a contract and will then file a civil lawsuit against him. From the Glazer’s standpoint, is the risk of him getting in trouble and making headlines less than Mariota becoming a franchise QB? No.
Can the Buccaneers afford this kind of negative publicity? I don’t think so. This goes back to what I’ve been thinking and typing all along, this is not something the Buccaneers want to be a part of. It is obviously not going to go away. I know his fans are going to be disappointed but that is far better than going through months of this kind of cloud. It’s RAPE, and it can not be associated with the Buccaneers. The days of having players like Jeremy Stevens on the team are gone. I’m not saying Jameis did it because I was not there. This girl was, it’s public now and Jameis is not coming to Tampa. I imagine he’ll be dropping substantially in the draft. Maybe it’s Mariota or the trade some have been speculating on? Don’t know.
as a season tkt holder since 1976 Please bucs, don’t draft Winston on our team .He is not the best person or the best qb in the draft
Her civil suit, like her story isn’t going away, but it’s not going anywhere either. I’m not shying away from drafting the best Q.B. in the draft because of this baseless story. I’m siding with judge Harding, and every other person of authority in this case.
Garv, the Bucs could use any publicity, even negative. Maybe drafting him forces us on hard knocks. Man you’d have to love that. The Bucs have been laying low for to long. We have a team of nice guy losers. Haven’t had an attitude since Gruden, Sapp. If the whiners want to burn there season tickets because they believe Winston is the anti Christ let them. He’ll bring more of a draw then any player on our team day one. Everyone loves a winner.
Can somebody give me some links where this girl was supposed to have changed her story so many times? I can believe how some assholes can besmirch her reputation because I mean after all she is only a young girl, and her supposed assailant is a big time QB who brings in such huge money for FSU because so many people look upon college football like it’s some kind of religion.
This documentary is guaranteed to cause a worse shit storm. I just don’t see the Bucs drafting him except for the crazies.
The buccaneers do not need the circus surrounding Jameis Winston. This case is not going away. Not sooner or later. The organization cannot afford this sort of infectious and demoralizing negativity. Should Winston be drafted, he would divide the locker room in the same way the prospect of drafting him has divided the fan base. There is no way that the gm is going to hinge his career on a guy with such questionable character who played fewer than 30 college football games most against weak competition. When all is said and done, I will be surprised if he is drafted among the top ten players in the draft. Character counts. If you think the Glazer’s are willing to take this chance on the heels of the MRSA fallout and the unraveling of Freeman then you’re not paying attention.
The question of guilt will never be resolved. Those who think that this won’t blow over, however are wrong. If Winston crashes and burns on the football field, this allegation and the stupidity at FSU will be his entire legacy. If he plays like Big Ben and wins like Big Ben, this becomes water under the bridge like every transgression of every other wildly successful NFL a player. Heck, it becomes a story of redemption. Lovie Smoth could sure use one of those to put some shine back on his reputation
A girl (who has a boyfriend) is at a bar, has a few drinks, willingly gets in a car with a young man she barely knows, goes up to his room and somehow has no clue what might be on his (and maybe her) mind. Perhaps afterward she was ashamed of her actions. We’ve all heard the “But I was drunk” defense for questionable behavior. The encounter goes public so someone has to be blamed. Hours of investigation and resulting hearings conclude no wrongdoing. But it doesn’t stop there. The “victim” gets persuaded to keep it going. The alleged perpetrator is declared innocent but that’s still not good enough. Who’s the victim here? C’mon guys, haven’t many of us lured a girl to our room in college and engaged in foreplay thinking a sex act would be welcomed if not expected? None of us were there to know exactly how this went down once the pair were alone in the room. But she did go there on her own and she didn’t go screaming down the hall when she left. That tells me something.
Well said scubog, innocent until PROVEN guilty would be a good way to think about it. This woman has way to many holes in her story to be believed. I believe it to be a money grab attempt.
Each of us has an opinion based on whatever facts we assume are relevant.
I have no idea who is guilty here. Unless JW’s roommate steps up, there are no witnesses and even he may not be a good witness unless he heard her frantic cries for help and will vouch for it.
My very negative opinion of JW is not based solely on this incident. Looking at the other incidents, the stealing, the cafeteria incident, etc. shows me a very spoiled, self-centered, immature,arrogant and self-entitled individual with a lack of a moral compass. So regardless of the rape incident, I think JW gravitates towards trouble. Not sure I want that for the LEADER of my football team.
We Canucks don’t do that sort of thing at university. 🙂
Very difficult situation because of the money generated. Like a lot of these kids, their coaches don’t seem to have the balls to discipline them. But I guess if you’re being paid more than the college president, what would you do? I guess one’s self respect is not important; not getting fired trumps job security.
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