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Jameis Winston–Needs Guidance Badly

Deadspin (NSFW, language) is reporting that numerous Florida State students allegedly observed Jameis Winston yelling an obscenity while standing atop a table.  So, we have accusations of rape, accusations of theft, and now this apparent exercise in poor judgment.  The question that begs is when will Jameis Winston learn how to comport himself off the field with as much poise as he does on the field?  We keep expecting the last transgression to be the one that sinks in, only to be followed by another one.  He is not getting it.  He may have some success and reach financial heights few can imagine… but it will not end well.  He needs some guidance from someone.

In fact, we may be at a new moment in history where the antics of athletes simply are not going to be tolerated anymore.  And “antics” is not a fair word to describe the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson issues that the NFL is dealing with.  We now have sponsors–hypocritical as they may be (beer companies waxing poetic about morality)–stating their displeasure with the NFL.  If some of these national sponsors decide to put their money elsewhere, you can believe this will have an impact.  If you do not have the character, you may not be able to rely on talent alone to be successful or to be able to maintain your success.  The talent is worthless if it does not enable the employer to profit.

Winston is not a lost cause.  He has age going for him.  Few of us have a portfolio as 20-year-olds that did not have embarrassments.  And social media was not recording it either.

But few of us have accusations that are criminal and offensive.  And if we did, few of us would have the ability to get special treatment to extricate us from our transgressions.  If it is not reality, it is certainly the perception that he has had such treatment.

What Winston really needs is guidance.  Someone to show him how to comport himself off the field.  Someone to show Winston how to be an adult, even if he barely qualifies for that chronological distinction. I do not know who that will be.  I just know that he needs it.

We have enough stories of athletes squandering immense talent or allowing their wealth to dissipate because of poor decisions.  We have stories of athletes losing their career to criminal misdeeds.  We do not need to add Winston to that list.  But what is clear is that Winston is dead set on adding his name to that list.  And that is disappointing.

In a world where numerous persons of all races and ethnicities are making fortunes, it is a shame that there is not a better way to mentor every prodigy with ridiculous talent.  Jimbo Fisher cannot relate to Winston.  But I am sure that there are professional athletes who can.  Of course, if there was a way to profit from it, folks would be stepping up to do it.  But there is no profit in being a mentor.  All you get is the pride in having steered someone’s life in the right direction.

Hopefully, the right person will step in to help Winston steer his life.

He needs it.  You know he needs it.  Hopefully, he knows it.  But I doubt it.

Or I hope he proves me wrong and learns (finally) from this event.

 

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8 thoughts on “Jameis Winston–Needs Guidance Badly

  1. Well said. If nothing else, somebody needs to point out that this kind of thing will likely hurt his future draft status, especially in an NFL that is fighting the morality war on so many fronts lately.

    • The problem is that little transgressions like this do not hurt top-prospect’s draft status. If they are elite talent, as Winston is, then they may drop a few slots but ultimately will get picked-up in the first round. Even under worst circumstances, they can still have the opportunity to enter the league as an UDFA.

      As I mentioned on Twitter, I think the best thing the NFL can do is to create an admissions board for the NFL – not unlike the bar association – where in addition to proving that the players have the athletic ability and intellect (or whatever the Wonderlic tests), the players need to be of reputable character and that anything that happens in college, or even while in the pros, is to be properly vetted, assessed, and determined to be fit for the NFL.

      This would go beyond meetings with coaches, but would include professors, administrators, campus/local police, teammates, roommates, etc… It won’t be perfect, but it would at least be an opportunity for a google search (or a review of Deadspin) and to bring up any-and-all questionable acts by the players.

      Best case scenario: college players realize that if they want to achieve their dream of playing in the NFL, then they have to conduct themselves as though they in a job interview 24/7…with the understanding that even minor transgressions like this could seriously impact their ability to be eligible for the NFL.

      The admission board could actually give the NFL a real reason for its 501(c)3 status, and potentially avoid future embarrassments or scandalous players.

  2. He still thinks he is 13 I guess. He repeated a line from a youtube viral video… but you need to use common sense and not repeat it. I knew guys like this who were very smart, and not stupid like many suggest Winston is. They also did what seemed like idiotic things. Someone explained to me once what they lacked, which is emotional intelligence. They lacked a clear understanding of how to appreciate others feelings, appropriate behavior, and societal norms. They acted on impulse as opposed to controlling urges or random thoughts that pop in their had. These guys were very smart, much smarter than me, but always said and did things that would blow your mind. Eventually some improved, like in their 30s, and grew up as we would call it. To be honest, I suspect it was a matter of training themselves on what was acceptable, but every now and then they say or do something off that baffle most regular people. I think Winston has the same issue. The difference is he is so successful in football that it is blinding him on what is acceptable. I am sure Jimbo, his father, and others have tried to reign him in but with these types of people who lack that emotional intelligence it gets hard to reason with them when they are on top. They needed to always fall flat first, to be reasoned with. Unfortunately, with Winston by the time that happens it could be too late. I hope he trains himself to behave better or grow up soon.

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  5. dacuseman on said:

    I think you guys are all over-reacting. What you are all missing is context. But even before that, a college spoke an obscenity aloud. Stop me if you’ve heard that before. Hint: you should be stopping me RIGHT NOW. But on to the context of it all… What he did is recite something he saw/heard on You Tube. This means he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, disruptive or really even obscene (as odd as that sounds). He was trying to be funny. His goal was to make everyone laugh (how horrible of him). Moment of candor here guys: How many of you have watched Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin or Richard Pryor? These guys cracked PLENTY of obscene jokes. When finished, did you climb your ivory towers and preach or did you laugh your asses off? If the answer is the latter (sure is for me), then the question that begs is: What gives? What’s your real problem?

    Many of you will say look at the news. Athletes are out of control. to which I say is stereotyping. There are 1700 NFL players and 3 or 4 are in the news. Compare that to our society to, again, get some context. Some will say he’s been in trouble before, and he has. Does that mean he’s lost the right to crack a joke or enjoy being a kid in college? I don’t think so. And he didn’t do anything tons of college kids before him hasn’t done. He’s a normal college kid. Unfortunately, some folks can never resist an opportunity to mount their soap box and preach virtue to the world.

    To be clear, it wasn’t the most well thought out thing he’s ever done and he probably should have reconsidered that stunt. But, all of this hullabaloo about it is ridiculous.

    • First, there is a major difference between people voluntarily tuning-into a TV program or going to a comedy club, and someone yelling obscenities in a public place. In one case, you have the choice to turn the station/leave, in the other you are being subjected to someone else’s idea of what is funny and could easily be offensive.

      When I was fresh out of college I was at a bar and we were singing karaoke…after finishing I thanked the crowd for signing along (and helping me find the right key) and dropped the f-bomb. To which the manager of the bar told me that if I did that again I would have to leave.

      Now, the idea of a bunch of people in a bar getting offended over the “F” word is pretty silly, but ten years later, I understand the manager’s point of view. We all want to have a good time, but that doesn’t mean that we have to be obscene or vulgar, and that doesn’t mean that our right to have a good time is more powerful/right than someone else’s right to have a good time.

      Going back to Winston, the point of the article is that he is still young and he’s going to mistakes. But, what he really needs is someone who will give him the guidance and oversight to help him avoid making these types of faux pas or worse.

      Yes, college kids are going to be college kids and make mistakes. But, Winston is not just a regular college kid. As a leader of the team and a face of the program, he has to act that that way.

      Frankly, there are going to be enough people in the world and the media that are going to scour the earth for scandal or intrigue, and let’s face it – Winston has already had two incidents that involved law enforcement, why give anyone more opportunity to get the law (or media) further involved.

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