If you caught the Florida State vs. Oregon game yesterday then you were treated to more than just a lopsided football game. What happened after Oregon’s thumping of last year’s college football National Champs says a lot about America’s next generation of leaders.
For those who don’t follow college football, Florida’s State’s quarterback was accused of rape in 2012, not as a superstar player, but as a stranger. The University immediately…did nothing. According to a New York Times story, “there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university. The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.” Winston was also arrested
Winston won the Heisman in 2013.
Earlier this year, Winston was stopped for shoplifting crab legs at a local supermarket. He apologized, and what I mean by that is the University prepared a statement, and he was summarily suspended…from the baseball team where he is the pitcher.
So what happens to the morale of a team where university officials ignore their indiscretions of their top player? Take a look at this:
Three-quarters of the team walked off the field and refused to congratulate the other team.
A handful of the Oregon Ducks stage their own protest during the trophy presentation chanting “No means No” to the Florida State fight song.
The Ducks’ coach has vowed they will be disciplined for the chant. Fair?
The moral of this post is make sure your children are surrounded by men and women of good character or yours too will end up with no respect for others or the true meaning of winning: losing with grace and integrity.