Jameis Winston should know better.
Really, any man should know better.
But of all people, really, the man dubbed Famous Jameis Winston should really have known better than to say what he said this week.
While standing in front of Florida State's student union Tuesday, the controversial quarterback shouted a line so filthy and crude that many news organizations decided not to run it.
It's not the phrase itself, which is part of a troubling online meme, but rather the context for Winston's comments that are most troublesome - and in order to understand that context, we have to write what he said.
For that reason, here is the exact phrase Winston shouted, while standing on top of a table in the middle of the Seminoles campus Tuesday:
"F*** her right in the p***y."
When does a popular athlete become too famous for his own good?
Winston is writing the handbook on the dangers of instant fame in the age of athletic glorification. The lack of awareness it takes to shout such an obscene and filthy comment in front of an audience is mind-blowing on its own.
For a reigning Heisman Winner to do it, when he knows that the whole world is watching his every move after having already faced scrutiny for an entire series of troublesome mishaps?
That would be laughably foolish, if the context wasn't sickening.
Because this isn't the case of some random person quoting the words of a ridiculous meme. The fact remains that Winston has been accused of rape, an allegation that his school recently re-opened for investigation as of early September.
Winston is an accused rapist, yet the response when people hear about his latest public comments is little more than a shrug.
Give Florida State some credit. The coaches instantly recognized the problematic nature of Winston's comments and handed out a punishment quickly.
Winston will miss the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson, a crucial matchup with a Tigers team that is expected to be one of the more difficult opponents on the Seminoles' schedule.
Now whether that's too lenient of a punishment is debatable, but at least it's something.
The suspension especially hurts because the game is between in-conference rivals. If Florida State does lose, in part because of Winston's absence, there will be some serious hand-wringing over the redshirt sophomore quarterback's immaturity.
But that conversation should have happened a long time ago.
And since representing a public university is not a right by any means, maybe the Seminoles should reconsider if Winston is truly the best face for a supposed institution of higher learning.
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