Jameis Winston not ejected despite contact with official

AP

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston remains the most talked-about college football player in America, for good and for ill, and today he’s added another item that will be recited on the “con” side of the ledger in the NFL draft.

During Florida State’s win over Boston College, Winston moved an official aside as Florida State was trying to get a play run while the official was allowing Boston College’s defense to substitute. It wasn’t a hard shove and Winston wasn’t penalized, but former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira says that Winston should have been kicked out of the game.

“I’ve looked at this play several times, and in my opinion, Winston should have been penalized for shoving Webster not once, but twice. In fact, I feel he should have been ejected,” Pereira says.

Taken alone, this wouldn’t be a big deal as teams evaluate Winston for the draft. In fact, if a player with a clean image (like the other top quarterback prospect in next year’s draft, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota) did the same thing, people would probably say it just shows what a fiery competitor he is.

But when it’s Winston — who always seems to find a way for his behavior to overshadow his brilliant play — it raises questions once again about whether NFL teams will worry that the headaches he creates are too much to tolerate. Winston is a great college quarterback, but one whom a lot of NFL teams may view as the last person they want to be the face of their franchise.

95 responses to “Jameis Winston not ejected despite contact with official

  1. Some idiotic GM will take this clown in the first round.
    And regret it.
    And get fired 18 months later.
    It’s amazing how history repeats itself in the NFL.

  2. No way should he be ejected, the official should have stood over the ball not were the QB stands, he was in the way….good for Winston for moving him out of the way…..

  3. No question his hands were on the official and forcibly moved him. Contact with an official is an automatic ejection. I don’t blame Winston, I blame the official. Where’s the flag? Seriously, why wasn’t it thrown and subsequently, Winston tossed too? Not a subjective call.

  4. Winston dint know that the ref was going to back up into him. Matter of fact, the ref did Winston a favor, by bumping into Winston, so that Winston would not fall. Man it’s amazing how, if Winston sneeze wrong, he is being criticized. Give the young man a break. How long does Winston have to walk the type rope?

  5. Why did the refs not flag/eject the Boston College player for targeting Winston on the head to head contact,when Winston was sacked in the pocket?

  6. I’m SO afraid my 2 and 8 Titans are going to draft Winston after Mariota is taken. It they do, this disaster-waiting-to-happen will make Vince Young seem like a walk in the park. … We didn’t have clue how spoiled we were when Steve McNair introduced Nashville to NFL football. What I wouldn’t give for those days again …

  7. I do this guy is RG3 2.0. The media is crazy over this clown too. He can do no wrong in their eyes. Everyday a story on how wonderful he is. Cant wait to see his wonderlic score.

  8. Finally, the refs refused to call a flag (false start),on the Boston College center and both offensive lineman. Hey, Pereira, what happen to obvious defensive pass interference call, where, the defensive back impeded the wide receiver and force the wide receiver out of bounds?

  9. jvw1982 says:

    No way should he be ejected
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    Let’s see, should we listen to Mike Pereira or….. jvw1982?

  10. How far down in the draft do you think he’s going to fall? There’s a point where a team will think his talent is worth the risk, but where… late 1st / 2nd?

  11. akboot says:
    Nov 22, 2014 9:00 PM
    I do this guy is RG3 2.0. The media is crazy over this clown too. He can do no wrong in their eyes. Everyday a story on how wonderful he is. Cant wait to see his wonderlic score.
    ———

    1. You clearly do not watch film if you see ANY parallels between the two of them.

    2. His Wonderlic will far exceed what you would get with weeks of preparation on your part, given your inanity here.

  12. Winston will return for his redshirt junior year. Winston also plays baseball for Florida State. Winston will be the next prototype quarterback in the NFL. Winston will be the #1 Draft pick in 2016.

  13. mrba4775 says:
    Nov 22, 2014 8:55 PM
    Why did the refs not flag/eject the Boston College player for targeting Winston on the head to head contact,when Winston was sacked in the pocket?
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    That play is lost in all the FSU haters who were on social media having the NERVE to claim the refs were aiding FSU (the complete OPPOSITE was true all game, actually), would have continued that drive. Instead, BC gets the ball back and their hands held to the game-tying score. Things that make you go hmmmm.

  14. It won’t be long until this lunatic ends his college career and moves on to the pros.ESPN First Take will have a field day with this clown.I love it when Skip Bayless turns red with anger ,lol better get some blood pressure meds Skip cause he’s coming soon to a team near you ! In fact if your beloved Dallas Cowboys who are run by another nut case draft him,you might need heart meds too.

  15. dazzlehasselhoff says:
    Nov 22, 2014 9:11 PM
    The official’s day job must be with the Tallahassee Police Department.
    ————

    Seriously? With the incident at the library not far in the past?

  16. If the official that got pushed didn’t care, why would anyone else?

    Not a Winston or FSU fan at all; I just get so tired of people making mountains out of molehills. There was ZERO aggression, danger, or malice in what he did. ZERO.

  17. How many punks are NFL QB’s? There were a few but most earned their Darwin Award and are no longer employed by the NFL.

  18. Winston will end up a high draft pick. Is he worth it? Not at all.

    Teams will reach if they think they can get a winner. The NCAA is not doing professional football any favors by not developing solid quarterbacks. The NCAA is using gimmicks to get people to watch. It works well, but translates to busts in the pros. The days of the great passing quarterbacks are coming to an end.

  19. Whether he wins or loses games is immaterial to the rule violation. This kid is a ticking time bomb, and unless he’s held accountable for something, ANYTHING he does, it won’t end well.

  20. While I no doubt think the official should have been out of the way, it is clear that Winston had no respect for even the game officials. It is clear that this moron runs around life with no respect for anyone. He should have without a doubt been ejected. The fact that he just continues not to care about anyone and not respect anyone should show his lack of character.

  21. He didn’t shove the official, he was just frisking him for an extra stick of butter for his post game Lobster meal. Wiston is an equal opportunity shop lifter hitting up the local Shaws Supermarket since Publix doesn’t have a store that far north.

  22. doubleirony says:
    Nov 22, 2014 9:06 PM
    How far down in the draft do you think he’s going to fall? There’s a point where a team will think his talent is worth the risk, but where… late 1st / 2nd?

    ____________________________

    No way he falls past the Bucs. Despite Lovie’s protests, the Glazers need to put butts in the seats and Jameis would do that.

    #itsabucslife

  23. Jamarcus Russell? Robert Griffin? Those guys have issues, sure, but they don’t begin to compare to Winston’s complex.

    If there’s a QB he reminds me of, it’s Ryan Leaf. Stylistically different, yeah, but who here thinks he’ll walk in Day One ready to listen to a coach, let alone a coordinator or a veteran teammate? He has zero discipline, I can’t buy that he’s going to be first-in, last-out watching game film, and he’ll have major chemistry problems with teammates who don’t want him.

    He’s shown no ability to publicly cope with his issues, grow beyond them, or take them seriously. He thinks he’s Teflon and FSU’s treatment of him has only affirmed that in his head.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if he fell out of the top rounds altogether. Statistically, he’s regressed – he has four multi-interception games this year. Btw, one commenter above thought Tennessee might take him. That’s not a danger. No team today is going to get caught with two QBs who have sexual battery/assault histories, let alone in consecutive drafts.

    I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  24. Winston promised the referee a autographed football if he got out of the way and he also invited him over for a crab leg supper some night. What else could either one do at that point but play ball.

  25. Just watched the video and read the rules of the situation and the ref was wrong on how he handled the play. Yes, a qb is not allowed to snap the ball until the defense is set once the offense makes a substitution and this is what happened. However, the umpire must stand over the ball until the defense is set, not stand in between the qb and center (which he did). The umpire was wrong with where he aligned and this instance would not have happened if he was correctly positioned.

  26. Jameis Winston this…Jameis Winston that! The “MEDIA FSU HATERS and the FSU HATERS in general” need to just give it rest and get a life. Flagged and ejected for what…a idiot referee being in the way, in all my years of watching football I’ve NEVER seen a referee do what this guy did when “he stood directly behind the center as if he were the QB”, intentionally blocking Winston’s direct path behind the center (which by way is his position). The referee should have took a position “over/in front of the ball” not behind center. The referee needs to apologize for being in the wrong place and the wrong time. Other teams do hurry up offenses ALL the time and NOBODY says a word. You ppl are CRAZY AND DELUSIONAL and need to get SOME PSYCHIATRIC HELP. You all need to stop this Jameis Winston madness, it’s as if the young man did something to you all personally. The young man can’t “walk, talk, breathe, sneeze or even put his finger up to his lip after a game without there being a NEGATIVE comment about him (unsportsmanlike conduct [the idiots who said that can’t be serious]…and the GAME WAS OVER. Players do that (give the hush sign) all the time from ALL over the country and again NOBODY says a word but all of sudden it’s a big deal and an egregious offense when Jameis Winston does it)!!! Get a life and find something more productive to do with your time other than write and type “Foolishness and Nonsense”!!! And by the way, whether you all like it or not, Jameis Winston is going to be DRAFTED HIGH if decides to leave early…your opinions of him just don’t matter, the team owners of NFL are about making because “at the end of the day money talks and your opinions run a marathon”.

    *TOMAHAWK NATION…GO NOLES!!!

  27. Jameis Winston this…Jameis Winston that! The “MEDIA FSU HATERS and the FSU HATERS in general” need to just give it rest and get a life. Flagged and ejected for what…a idiot referee being in the way, in all my years of watching football I’ve NEVER seen a referee do what this guy did when “he stood directly behind the center as if he were the QB”, intentionally blocking Winston’s direct path behind the center (which by way is his position). The referee should have took a position “over/in front of the ball” not behind center. The referee needs to apologize for being in the wrong place “AT” the wrong time. Other teams do hurry up offenses ALL the time and NOBODY says a word. You ppl are CRAZY AND DELUSIONAL and need to get SOME PSYCHIATRIC HELP. You all need to stop this Jameis Winston madness, it’s as if the young man did something to you all personally. The young man can’t “walk, talk, breathe, sneeze or even put his finger up to his lip after a game without there being a NEGATIVE comment about him (unsportsmanlike conduct [the idiots who said that can’t be serious]…and the GAME WAS OVER. Players do that (give the hush sign) all the time from ALL over the country and again NOBODY says a word but all of sudden it’s a big deal and an egregious offense when Jameis Winston does it)!!! Get a life and find something more productive to do with your time other than write and type “Foolishness and Nonsense”!!! And by the way, whether you all like it or not, Jameis Winston is going to be DRAFTED HIGH if decides to leave early…your opinions of him just don’t matter, the team owners of “THE NFL” are about “MAKING MONEY” because “at the end of the day money talks and your opinions run a marathon”.

    *TOMAHAWK NATION…GO NOLES!!!

  28. Winston dint know that the ref was going to back up into him. Matter of fact, the ref did Winston a favor, by bumping into Winston, so that Winston would not fall. Man it’s amazing how, if Winston sneeze wrong, he is being criticized. Give the young man a break. How long does Winston have to walk the type rope?
    —————————

    Too…many….errors…..can’t….take it….

  29. I’m no fsu fan but all of you are buggin I have not watched a better quarterback all season the kid is a winner playing on a bummed ankle with a team that lost 14 starters to the nfl he stands in the pocket takes a beating and still delivers the accurate throw night after night if not for his wr core dropping balls tipping then in air for the defense his numbers would be as good as last year everyone tries to discredit him for off the field issues but should be crediting him for performing in spite of them

  30. Why wasn’t he ejected then??? Like everything else he does, it’s OK??? Excuse me!!! Just forget to pay for crab claws and walk out the store. You don’t know you have anything in your hand, strange!! Everything off campus he does, seems to be ok, so good luck to whatever NFL team takes him. They might need to have security around him at all times, because he has many problems.

  31. People, you all feed off the media. I’m so tired of the Jameis Winston hate. You all are mad cause fsu continues to win. Yes Jameis acts like a child at times ( the blurp in the student center) . Say what you will about him being a pro but the kid is undefeated in college so give him his props. The kids’ only really bad thing is stealing crabs legs. Don’t give me the sex crap because no charges were filed. Remember our justice system- innocent until proven guilty. This playoff committee talks ” game control”. Game means complete 4 quarters. Last time I checked there was 2 teams( fsu and Marshall) undefeated. How many times have we heard FINISH. Like Ramsey said fsu is the defeating champs and no one has beat them yet! GO NOLES! #1 until your beat. Forget stinking playoff committee

  32. I say it every year and I’ll say it here… If Tennessee thought Jake Locker was worthy of a top 10 pick, this kid, Winston, he will be the #2 pick in the NFL draft, if he comes out this year.

    js

  33. Jameis has never lost a game in college football. He is blessed with incredible natural talent and he believes that he will never lose. His arm is seriously good and unlike Manziel, Griffen and Tebow, he can read a Defense.
    I think he needs the right coach to get him under control and he could be terrific. However, very high risk.

  34. I’m not crazy about Winston but there was clearly an error with the official standing in the spot of the QB and the play starting. The ref didn’t move out of the way and Winston shouldn’t have to tried to squeeze his way in. It was the oddest thing. Not that anyone would support that defense because of all the baggage.

  35. Winston promised the referee a autographed football if he got out of the way and he also invited him over for a crab leg supper some night. What else could either one do at that point but play ball

    You forgot about the free ride by the Tallahassee Police Dept…

  36. My first reaction was my standard one to incidents like this: you never touch a referee. Never.

    But, I hadn’t seen the incident so I went onto the ‘net and watched it with wide eyes and dropped jaw. This player should be suspended for what he did…it is outrageous.

    If there is no punitive action for this, I would shocked and disappointed.

  37. I would not touch this guy if I was a GM! Not only because of his behavior but perhaps more so because he consistently gets away with things. What lessons has he learned and how will they apply when millions are thrown at him?

  38. How hard is it to know that you never ever ever put your hands on an official?

    That’s about as basic a behavior rule as “do not steal”.

  39. Winston is young, immature, and will make a few more mistakes. I still think his playing ability has a tremendous upside transitioning to the NFL. Say what you want, this kid is not a one-trick pony. He is the real deal.

  40. The Official is required to stand “OVER” the ball, not in the backfield, plus the game and play clock were both running. I guess they’ve never heard of an Official Timeout the allow the defense to substitute players!!

  41. The people on here trying to tear down Winston’s on field play have no idea what they’re talking about and base on their statements I seriously doubt their ability to evaluate a player. You can say whatever you want about Winston off the field because he’s earned that reputation. When you try to make it out that he hasn’t done much on the field or he’s just average on the field then it doesn’t reflect too well on you as a football fan who supposedly knows the game.

  42. The 2014 Luckinoles may go down as the luckiest team ever, even rivaling some of the all time teams that only succeeded due to luck. Off the top of my head:
    2002 OSU Luckeyes
    2004-2005 Vince Young
    2010 Auburn Newtons
    2013 Auburn

  43. This guy will never learn, and they are doing him no favors by letting him get away with it. he’ll be in and out of the nfl within 2yrs. my prediction, just sayin.

  44. The kid’s a knucklehead and I wouldn’t draft him under any circumstances, but don’t tell me he’s not a good college QB. He still hasn’t lost a game as a starter.

  45. Ref was in he way of the play setup and stopping the fast pace of the game. Anyone who sees this as malicious just has it out for him. This wasn’t after a bad play or him chewing out a ref he was trying to get to his center and the knob of a red was in the way. Wish more players cares that much about their teams success.

  46. A typical misfit that will look good in the NFL for maybe two years. He has never and will never take his reasonability of accountability because no one as yet has made him accountable. He continues to show on the field and off, his believe of entitlement. He is a kid that has issues that he should be made to except but the way the world is in entertainment he does not have to.

  47. So if the referee is out of position it’s OK to physically shove him out of the way?

    No. You never touch the referee.

  48. I’m in no way trying to defend Winston but I didn’t really think he did anything wrong the ref was in the damn way and he moved him. Winston will always get a bad rap bc of his off the field behavior but the guy is a winner hands down. He hasn’t lost a start in his college career and it’s a shame tht people overlook what he has done. Now will tht talent carry over to the NFL idk but for me he is a great college QB tht many of universities would want starting for them. Get off of his jock and let this kid try and move on from his mistakes.

  49. “the ref was in the damn way and he moved him.”

    Hahaha. You don’t get to “move” the ref. What a response.

    The question for NFL GM’s is not only whether his talent will carry over to the NFL but whether his stupidity will as well.

  50. The official is clearly at fault. He created the physical confrontation by physically preventing Winston from lining up under center! His clear procedures in this instance is to stand over the football in front of center! Not to prevent the QB from lining up. Violation of procedure caused this! PERIOD!!!!

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