TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The New York Times released an article on Friday, October 10 criticizing Tallahassee Police for being too easy on Florida State football players.
The article is titled "At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice." It says the Times examined nine cases in the past year and a half that involved Florida State football players. Those cases include a number of players causing damage to buildings with BB guns, Jesus "Bobo" Wilson stealing a scooter and a sexual assault investigation involving Jameis Winston. The article claims that in all of the cases, police were too lenient on the players by either not charging them or giving them lesser charges than they should have. It also criticizes Florida State University for their handling of sexual assault accusations against Winston.
Also on Friday, Florida State released a letter before the article was posted online, describing a rough timeline of events in the investigation. They end the letter by saying, "We did not want you to confuse our silence with idleness, a lack of caring or, as some have alleged, an institutional conspiracy to protect a star athlete. We hope that what we've shared with you establishes otherwise."
View the full letter to the FSU community here: www.wtxl.com/news/read-fsu-s-letter-and-timeline-on-its-handling-of/article_f561ff28-508b-11e4-9d84-001a4bcf6878.html
Read the full New York Times article here: www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/us/florida-state-football-casts-shadow-over-tallahassee-justice.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LargeMediaHeadlineSum&module=photo-spot-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=2