ESPN affiliate used FSU shooting to mock Jameis Winston with crude tweet

Winston is the starting quarterback at Florida State (©GettyImages)

America woke Thursday morning to the tragic news that three Florida State University students had been wounded after a lone gunman had opened fire in a campus library.

Authorities shot dead the suspect at the scene after he failed to drop his weapon having being confronted by police at around 12.30 am.

At least one of the students injured in the incident is listed as being in a critical condition as of Thursday afternoon.

The incident has grabbed the nations attention with everyone coming together to show their support for those affected. 

On social media #FSUstrong and #FSUnited have been trending throughout the day.

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Unfortunately one ESPN reporter, a Marisa Martin working for ESPN Campus Connection, opted to use the shootings to make light of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, posting the following to her official Twitter account.

The tweet understandably caused unrest amongst many with plenty of those on social media condemning the insensitivity of the joke.

Unnecessary comments

Winston has come in for criticism throughout the season for his off-field issues which have included everything from police and NCAA investigations to shouting appropriate words in the school cafeteria. But while the young QB definitely divides opinion there is a time and a place for Seminoles talk and this most certainly wasn't it.

The reporter has since deleted her Twitter account, later claiming via the AL Campus Connection account that her personal Twitter had been hacked and that she herself had not written the controversial Winston message.

Official statement

The Florida State athletic Directon Stan Wilcox has rleased an official statement Thursday afternoon vowing that planned athletic events scheduled for this weekend will go ahead as usual, citing the heeling powers of sports.

The statement reads as follows:

"We are deeply saddened by the early morning events on campus. The entire Florida State family and surrounding community are affected. Our university administration has increased security measures and is providing a strong law enforcement presence on and around campus. We have been assured there is no further threat.

Classes have been canceled today, but campus is open. This weekend's athletic events, including those planned for tomorrow, will take place as scheduled.

Following tragic times like we experienced today, athletic events can help in unifying both the student body and community. That is our hope in moving forward with these events.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those directly affected by this tragedy."

Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles are set to welcome Boston College this weekend.

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