After Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for a vulgar, sexist remark, newly minted ‘Good Morning America’ contributor and former NFL player Tim Tebow stepped in to offer some advice to Jameis on how to behave moving forward.
As is the custom in organized sports, a quarterback at Florida State University was given a slap on the wrist when he stood on a campus lunch table and shouted an offensive, sexist remark. After mass outrage caused the school to bench Jameis Winston, 20, for one whole game instead of just half of one, former NFL player Tim Tebow, 27, offered his advice.
Jameis Winston: Tim Tebow Offers Advice To FSU Quarterback After Sexist Remarks
On ESPN’s SportsCenter Saturday, Tim had the following to say about Jameis’ actions:
“He has something that’s more important to live for than just the moment. Because when you live for the moment, the moment will always let you down in silly situations like he’s been in the past.
“I have two sisters and a mom, and what was said just isn’t OK. My hope and prayer for Jameis is that he can find people that will invest in him and invest in his life.
“I hope he can see that and understand that these kids are going to watch him and they’re going to follow him and it’s his responsibility to lead them in a good direction,” Tebow said.
“And this kid has so many attributes that could be used for positive things. … Whether … he leads people in a good direction or a bad direction, he’s a big-time leader. His attributes of infectious personality, you know people rally around him. That could be used for good things or bad things.”
Tim is a bit vague, but he makes a good point — basically, yes, Jameis is a role model to many and should aspire to earn that title.
Of course, it’s a bit troubling that Tim felt the need to bring up his sisters and mother as a reason why you shouldn’t make sexist remarks — you shouldn’t have to make something relatable to your situation before you can decide whether or not it’s wrong. But, Tim’s heart is in the right place, and it’s important for high-profile people in the NFL to dress Jameis down a little.
At a press conference on Sept. 17, Jameis apologized for his actions: “First of all, I want to apologize to the university, to my coaches and to my teammates. I’m not a ‘me’ person, but in that situation it was a selfish act, and that’s not how you do things around here. I really want to apologize to my teammates, because I’ve done a selfish act.”
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This is not the first time that Jameis has been put under a microscope. In late 2013, he was accused of sexual assault, though charges were never filed. There have been allegations of police misconduct; if Jameis had been charged with a felony, he would not have been allowed to play, according to FSU rules.
Jameis has also been accused of shoplifting; in July 2013, a Burger King employee filed a complaint against Jameis, alleging that the quarterback was stealing soda. Jameis also had to complete 20 hours of community service after he was filed an adult civil citation in April 2014 for stealing crab legs.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Tim’s advice for Jameis? Valid? Could it have been better? Should Jameis still be allowed to play at Florida State? Let us know.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner