ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit interviewed Florida State quarterback and 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston on his “miraculous” season with Florida State and all his off-the-field issues.
I just happened to have the TV on Sunday morning when the interview aired, and following the viewing, decided to post my thoughts to Twitter.
It apparently took two days or so, but eventually my comments were “discovered” by #FSUTwitter. If you’re not familiar, #FSUTwitter is a hashtag apparently used to flood the mentions of anyone who dares talk down about the Seminoles with vulgar and often stalker-ish personal insults. Feel free to review my mentions for examples, but I refuse to acknowledge their behavior individually.
Some common themes:
“You can’t back up your comments with facts.”
Well, duh. My thoughts are simply that: my thoughts. They are based on opinions that I form by observing the behaviors and listening to the words of others, such as Jameis. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t mean that I’m less right or you’re more right.
“He wasn’t convicted of anything.”
Neither was OJ Simpson. Neither was Casey Anthony. I’m sure throughout history there are numerous individuals who have committed nefarious acts but were never charged, convicted or maybe never even arrested. There are also many others who are simply of questionable ethics and morals, but it isn’t always a criminal act that warrants criminal punishment.
Further, it is no laughing matter to be investigated or questioned about vandalism, theft or rape. His jovial attitude, frequent laughter and claiming the world was out to take something from him did him no favors. If I was in charge of his publicity, or even better, his parent, I would advise him to address the seriousness of those situations.
The best response would be to acknowledge that even the appearance that he could be involved in such behavior is troubling to him, because he wants to uphold a higher standard. And then when he promises to do better, as he did at one point last year, actually do better. Don’t go out and commit yet another crime or exhibit “poor judgment” again.
“You live in a glass house. Look at Aaron Hernandez.”
If anyone has followed my tweets at all, he would know that I have never defended Aaron Hernandez. In my opinion, Hernandez is a sociopath incapable of empathy or the understanding of right and wrong, and there’s no better place for him than prison. I’m deeply disturbed that he was associated with my football team and my alma mater.
However, this isn’t an either/or situation. Whether or not Aaron Hernandez is a criminal has zero bearing on whether Jameis Winston is a decent human being or not. It is entirely possible that I could have negative thoughts and feelings about one of our former football players while also having negative thoughts about an FSU player.
“You’re a Gator. You’re just biased/jealous/a hater.”
It is true that I would dislike Jameis Winston even if his behavior matched that of Tim Tebow’s. Only, in that case, I would simply dislike him because he’s a good athlete who beat my team in football. But my tweets about him didn’t mention his football team at all. I never even used “FSU”. My thoughts on Jameis Winston, in this case, are purely related to my perception of his character and attitude.
I don’t care if you win the Heisman, a national title or any other award. Your character and attitude are more important. This goes for players on the teams I like on down to our most bitter rivals. I find it ridiculous that we allow people who are even remotely involved in bad or criminal behavior to be treated like gods because they can throw/catch a football or out-run everyone else to score TDs.
This is my absolute favorite of the arguments. Because we all know that one bad year in football is a logical argument against anything.
So, in conclusion, I hope that some of the #FSUTwitter psychotics can comprehend what I’m saying here. I’m not overly optimistic. If your own life/self-worth revolve so much around football that you’d spend your entire day trying to tweet someone to death, well… you may want to get some more hobbies.
And, I’m insanely glad that there isn’t a #UFTwitter. Let’s never start one. We have more important things to do in life, Gators. But I do thank the #FSUTwitter fanatics who boosted my Klout score and followers over the past 24 hours.