Todd Gurley sat on Saturday, at home, and watched his Georgia Bulldogs smash the Missouri Tigers. Jameis Winston on the other hand was on hand as his Florida State team ran over a Syracuse team that couldn't beat 10 teams in the SEC at the moment.
Gurley was indicted by the national media as a perpetrator of signing autographs. Winston wasn't -- until today.
As I surfed the internet on Monday morning and flipped the channels on a dreary day in Birmingham, Alabama, I came across a Darren Rovell report on Jameis Winston. Birmingham's own, Birmingham's bred, Jameis Winston was in the headlines again. Shocker, right?
I'm reporting with @Mark_Schlabach that FSU is looking into Jameis Winston autographs that have been authenticated.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 13, 2014
I'm not really sure where to start on this because I could probably rant for days on this subject, so let me clear a few things up. It's a NCAA violation to take money for autographs. That's against the bylaws of the corrupt organization that's used the "student-athlete" mantra over the years. Should it be? No, heck no.
When you sign up to play sports for a college, you're signing hours upon hours away for practice, for travel, and for cometition. You don't have the same amount of time to study and the same "college" rules don't apply. So to prevent an athlete who's hardworking spirit becomes easy-earned money for the college from making a lump sum on signing autographs is blasphemous. Okay, so we're clear on that, right?
Jameis Winston's alleged to have done this today. And as much as I'd like to defend him on this, I can't. Neither can you and neither should you. Jameis Winston has been accused of many things over the past few months: He's stolen crab legs, he was investigated for raping a girl, and he even made womanizing gesture through curse words in front of many Florida State's students. He's been defended by FSU and Jimbo Fisher, though, all along.
"I know I gotta get more mature," Winston said last December after the ACC championship game. "I gotta get better at everything I do... We gotta keep going higher, and higher, and get better ever single day."
There comes a point in time where people are fatigued of a situation and if you don't feel this way towards Jameis Winston after today, you don't understand the situation. When you break the rules, you're supposed to learn from them and improve. Jameis was accused of rape, and instead of improving, his womanizing gesture proved otherwise. And after his debacle with the gesture, instead of improving and learning, he stole crab legs. And now this.
Todd Gurley practiced Monday. Winston did, too. But being investigated for autographs is like Al Capone going down for tax evasion, and this act might end up the last straw Florida State's had with Jameis Winston.