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Football Fabulosa – We still don’t know to talk about rape with decency

Well today was interesting to say the least. I never really know where the weekly columns will go since they are supposed to be hot topics and thus usually drawn from something immediate. Well today came the completely expected announcement by Florida State alumnus and current Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs that star quarterback Jameis Winston would not be charged with rape. What followed afterward was not unexpected as well.

Let’s start with the press conference shall we? It was fresh out of good ole boy lawyering AM I RIGHT? Let’s start with the decision to represent the ole alma mater by Meggs.

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Nice Florida State tie there dude. Then we can move onto the general atmosphere of jubilation from both Meggs and those assembled regarding the decision not to charge Jameis Winston with rape.

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There are many questions regarding this presser beyond the general lack of decorum here. First and foremost, why was this presser necessary? Oh that’s right to advance the political career of man greatly in need of a bolster in public opinion. Never mind the fact that charging Jameis Winston would be political career suicide. But I digress.

Perhaps we should talk about how certain key information was buried in that presser. Not the least of which was Meggs’ disclosure that two sets of DNA were found on the victim. It took several minutes for him to disclose that in fact it was someone she knew and said was her boyfriend. Let’s not ignore the fact that during his delay in revealing that a million assumptions were born in the blink of an eye. Why not just disclose that initially? It was completely a low key hatchet job on the alleged victim in this case.

Immediately following the presser, Winton’s attorney Tim Janzen held a press conference. To his credit, he at least showed a semblance of respect for the “process.’ Florida State fans? Not so much.

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The day was just getting started however as the jubilation continued in Florida. How did some media members take the news? Well, let’s start with this since deleted tweet from NBC Sports:

 

You might expect this from parady accounts (but not really): http://

Let’s not forget Darren Rovel who never ceases to amaze and not always in a good way:

 

Even the ever so funny pictures people got into the riotous fun:

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Finally, you get to the let’s attack the accuser phase of this movie because it’s always the most fun of all! These are only samplings. Sad sad samplings. http://

 

 

What really got my goat and what led to the series of tweets that led to this article came from Hall of Famer and current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders, who publicly celebrated the decision not to press charges and took a shot at the victim to boot.

 

 

In response, I sent out the following tweet:

 

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Neon Deion responded in a way I did not except:

 

After that tweet was deleted, it was replaced by the following:

 

For the record, I just think it’s far more appropriate for a media figure to remain neutral and unbiased in these matters no matter their affiliation. Sanders is hardly alone as a former FSU player who celebrated the decision but as an analyst for NFL Network I didn’t find it in good taste. Ignoring the fact that I never did, or would, drag race into this situation I think it illustrates how we can better address the rape discussion.

We still live in a world where we think our heroes are fail proof and that women are Jezebels out to wreak havoc upon all manhood. Rape prosecutions remain low and convictions even lower. Most male prosecutors don’t even bother because they are hard and will remain so until there is a change in the general attitude toward rape and women. We expect our victims to be saints without understanding the reality in that we are all sinners. Everyone of us.

Far be it for a woman to be dressed in less than a sack cloth or out having a good time when she gets sexually attacked. She was just asking for it you know? Let’s be clear here in case you have any doubt. An intoxicated female is not drunk and asking for it. She is a fellow human being in need of common decency, not an object to be used for your sexual gratification. An intoxicated person is not capable of consent.

We didn’t learn much from the Jameis Winston announcement today. Except the cold hard truth that we still don’t know how to talk about rape. With any decency that is.

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