NY Times article criticizes Jameis Winston investigation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A scathing New York Times article has reignited the criticism of the sexual assault investigation into star Florida State University QB Jameis Winston.

The story, published Wednesday morning, recalls different angles of what happened. It criticizes the Tallahassee Police Department and FSU for shortcomings in their investigation and barely investigating at all.

Winston was named as the suspect of a sexual assault in an off-campus Tallahassee apartment in January 2013. However, police declared the case closed until it reopened in the fall.

State Attorney Willie Meggs announced Winston was cleared of any charges in December. Meggs was one of the people interviewed in the article.

"I think we've said this all along. Obviously, things could have been done that were not done. Had they been done, we might have learned more stuff, but I mean there's no real advantage profiting it to casting blame at this point," Meggs said.

"It seems like they kind of covered up some of the facts and they didn't want to ruin the team's season," said FSU student Alex Gaskin.

"Right now, we have no idea that either FSU or TPD did anything wrong and based on the evidence they have from the state attorney, it doesn't really look like they did anything wrong," said another FSU student John Rehme.

Most recently, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights announced an investigation into FSU – citing possible violations of Title 9, the federal gender-equality law.


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