I am incredibly biased as a fan of the University of Miami Hurricanes. Florida State is Miami’s biggest rival, and by extension, I loathe FSU. Having been implicated in a rape allegation, is Florida State starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, guilty of rape? Who knows? However, there are a couple of precedents worth considering as viable ways this drama shakes out.
In 1999, Gainesville, Florida, a stripper accused members of Delta Chi of rape. As the story goes, she performed lap dances and the like and the situation escalated into non-consensual sex. What makes this story newsworthy is that members of the Delta Chi fraternity videotaped the encounter. The Florida attorney general, after watching the tape, not only dropped the charges of rape, but charged the stripper, Lisa Gier King, with lying to the police.
The second scenario involves Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams. In 2010, Williams is said to have groped a woman without her consent. The details that surfaced in the media included the victim’s mis-identification of the basketball player; after presented a team photo, only then did she finger Williams. Secondly, there was little to no evidence – no witnesses outside of the victim and no DNA. Williams was convicted through the testimony of the victim alone.
Here are two scenarios to consider in the Jameis Winston rape case. Either Winston gets screwed by association, or the victim is victimized by law enforcement and the media. In truth, both scenarios are in development mode.
A couple of variables levied against the accuser’s credibility involve how she misidentified Winston. Why did it take her over a month to accuse the suspect? She also stated that the attacker was between 5’9 and 5’11. Winston is 6’4. Back when the assault took place, Winston was redshirting. You’d have to assume that every student on FSU’s campus new Winston by face before he even started a game.
Then, there’s the height difference. I personally, standing 5’2, get lost in someone’s height. After a certain height, like 5’10, I just think, "tall person." Of course she’d make that mistake. But of course all of these questions are irrelevant now that Winston’s DNA is reported to be on the victim’s underwear.