In stating opinion why Jameis Winston’s not Heisman worthy, columnist can’t get facts right

In stating opinion why Jameis Winston’s not Heisman worthy, columnist can’t get facts right

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UPDATE (7:30 pm): The Connecticut Post has corrected the story on its website.


We knew this was going to happen.

We knew that in a country where a person in the public eye is presumed guilty until proven innocent, Jameis Winston would feel the wrath regardless of the outcome of sexual assault charges that lingered over his head.

So even though prosecutors didn’t feel they had enough of a case to file charges against Winston, the Florida State quarterback is being persecuted.

And in the case of the persecution leveled by Chris Elsberry, a columnist with the Connecticut Post, it would have helped in the midst of his criticism that he got his facts right.

Elsberry wrote a column on Saturday explaining why he thinks Winston is undeserving of the Heisman (that he will win).He wrote about the description of the award on the Heisman website, where words like “integrity, diligence and perseverance” are thrown around.

Elsberry, who says in the story that he’s a voting member of the Heisman, explains that integrity is what led him to list Winston second on his Heisman ballot.

He went on to write, is was posted on the Connecticut Post website, this:

“But last month, Winston was accused of sexual battery in connection with an alleged assault against Patricia Carroll in a Tallahassee, Fla., apartment back on Dec. 7, 2012, according to a police report. However, the case did not reach prosecutors until last month because police reportedly told Carroll that Tallahassee “was a big football town” and that her life “would be miserable” if she pressed charges. Winston’s lawyer acknowledges that Winston did have sex with Carroll but says that it was consensual.”

Here’s the screen grab:


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Patricia Carroll is not the victim in this case. Patricia Carroll, according to news reports, is an attorney representing the victim in this case.

The victim, as far as we know, has never been identified.

A word of advice: if you’re going to step up to the plate like that and publicly indict a young man who—in the eyes of the law—did nothing wrong, at least do a better job with the presentation of your facts.

And while we’re on the question of fairness, was it necessary for Heather Cox to ask four straight questions about the case in her post game interview, before Winston had enough and walked away?

We understand you have to bring it up as a journalist.

But isn’t this a bit much?