Jameis Winston has high hopes of becoming a legitimate dual sport star in the coming years, but the Heisman winning quarterback was on the receiving end of a wake up call from the last true multi-sport great this week as he continues to flirt with negative headlines.
Winston, as well as leading the Seminoles on the gridiron, also stars on the Florida State baseball team and would be following in the footsteps of NFL and MLB legend Bo Jackson should he manage to continue to excel in the two sports when his professional career inevitably begins.
Jackson however has unloaded on the controversial quarterback this week, with the former Oakland Raider and Kansas City Royals stand out voicing his displeasure at Winston's recent actions.
"I really don't know who is giving this young man guidance," Jackson told The Jim Rome show on Tuesday when quizzed about Winston's recent activity that has ranged from shouting obscenities in the dinner hall to sexual assault allegations and rumored autograph profiting schemes.
"I have communicated with him and I just talked to him like I was his dad. The things that you need to do. And this was before the incident where he was (suspended) from the baseball team (for stealing crabs legs)".
Jackson become one of the most popular athletes of his generation thanks not only to his on-field excellence, but an off field personality and character that appealed to the masses.
He is by his nature a forgiving and humble man, but it seems that Winston has managed to push his buttons just as the spotlight of the media burns brightest.
"I'm the type of person, I will go out of my way to help anybody.," Jackson explained in the same interview.
"Normally, I don't like giving people advice if I haven't been down that road myself. But if I give you advice on something that I know more about that you by just falling out of bed in the morning, if you can't take that advice and learn from it, then I've got nothing else to do with the situation. You're on your own."
A clearly frustrated Jackson seemed to wash his hands with Winston as the interview finished.
"I will lend you a hand. And if you take that hand for granted, I will yank it back and go about my business, go on about my life. That's how it is. Jameis Winston needs to make some changes in his life. Because it's affecting him now and it's definitely going to affect him down the road."
No one can argue with Jameis Winston's record on the field, the sophomore has a perfect 19-0 record with the Seminoles since taking the starting role as a freshman.
He continues to attract negative headlines with his off-filed antics however and unless someone, Bo Jackson or otherwise, steps in and offers some effective guidance he risks wasting his obvious talent.
To hear that Winston seems indifferent at best to the offer of help from someone as esteemed as Jackson is truly staggering. You would think the college star would have jumped at the opportunity to learn from someone who has trodden the same path that he hope to follow in years to come.
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