Someone should tell Jameis Winston that after being involved in an infamous sexual assault case while at FSU, the last thing he should do is tell girls to be ‘silent.’ Yet, that’s what Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback did on Feb. 22, and he’s now regretting his ‘poor choice of words.’
Even if Jameis Winston, 23, wasn’t once accused of sexual assault, what he said during a Feb. 22 visit to the Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida, was pretty dumb. While speaking to third-through-fifth graders, he noticed that some of the boys were looking bored.
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Jameis said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys — tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now, a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this [in deep voice]. One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.”
“But the ladies,” Jameis said, “they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men [are] supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to.”
If saying boys weren’t supposed to be “soft spoken” didn’t raise an eyebrow, saying that girls (aka women) are supposed to be “silent, polite and gentle” surely caused some uproar. Jameis tried to clarify his remarks afterward, according to ESPN, but ultimately gave a non-apology.
“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention,” the told the Tampa Bay Times, “and I didn’t want to single him out, so I asked all the boys to stand up. During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
Jameis was never formally charged over allegations that he sexually assaulted a female Florida State student in 2012. The university disciplinary committee found insufficient evidence to charge him with a student code violation. He settled a federal lawsuit with the women in Dec. 2016, and since then, he’s been trying to rehabilitate his image. Comments like the one he made to a bunch of elementary school kids aren’t helping.
What do you think about what Jameis said, HollywoodLifers?