No one in the media knows for sure whether the sex between Jameis Winston and the girl who made allegations of rape was or wasn’t consensual. The prosecutor thinks that the evidence isn’t sufficient to charge him, and it would be an injustice if he was charged based on evidence that fails to meet the standards of probable cause.
So we should be happy with the decision if we think that it was right based on the evidence and the law, not if we think that it helps Florida State win a national championship.
Unfortunately, some of the feelings surrounding the case of the Florida State quarterback follow the tradition of minimizing the charges against athletes in the interests of defending the football program. Yahoo Sports writer Pat Forde notes that there were Florida State frat boys outside the Leon County Courthouse with J-A-M-E-I-S written on their chests doing the tomahawk chop after the announcement was made that no charges would be filed. Clearly some of the fans are more interested in whether their star quarterback can play in the championship game than whether justice was served.
It would be helpful not to focus on the specific claims about the Florida State quarterback and look at the broader picture.
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