Buccaneers spoke to district attorney as part of Winston research

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During Friday’s Outside the Lines on ESPN, Bob Ley said that William Meggs, the local district attorney in Tallahassee, claimed that he has not been contacted by the NFL or any team.  According to a Buccaneers source, however, that information isn’t accurate.

Per the source, the Buccaneers have spoken to the district attorney’s office as part of an extensive due diligence process in which the team has engaged regarding Winston.

The communication occurred well in advance of Friday’s report, the source explained.  And it makes sense; having the first overall pick imposes an obligation to spend plenty of time and resources to research the players who potentially may be selected.  With Winston, that time and resources have been devoted, both as to the allegations made by Erica Kinsman and all other incidents that relate to him in any way.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m. ET:  Per the source, the Buccaneers communicated directly with assistant district attorney Georgia Cappleman, who did the bulk of the work on Kinsman’s claims.

51 responses to “Buccaneers spoke to district attorney as part of Winston research

  1. I would think you wouldn’t need to speak with anyone to know that this guy is nothing but trouble and will be a colossal bust, the worst first overall since JaMarcus Russell.

  2. What a crapshoot this draft is going to be for one team…. and the NFL won’t place this kid on the Commissioner’s Exempt List or suspend him ’cause it happened in College. Rape? Naw, no big deal. Rape twice? Naw, don’t worry.
    …right Mr. Commish?
    Way to show how much the NFL has changed.

    Someone will draft him.

  3. Buyer beware of any college player with an attorney on retainer/stand by. The risk is not worth the reward on this guy.

  4. The people who think Willie Meggs, well known racist with a paticular grudge for FSU athletes, “covered” something up or read anything into his meandering press conference clearing Winston while he was seemingly double talking about how he “might have prosecuted” are laughable. This is a man who actually went forward with a case against Greg Dent recently of the same FSU team for sexual assault where the accuser continued to not only text and talk to Dent but also was baking him cookies. In other words, the guy’s credibility in regards to being fair with FSU athletes should be the thing you should be scrutinizing if you did your homework and ask why he’s brought so many questionable charges to trial against them, even with how “sympathetic” he was to Kinsman that day while admitting she lied to him multiple times.

    I’ve said over and over again, if that other DNA profile wasn’t in Kinsman’s pants along with her lying about it supposedly because her family doesn’t “allow” her to date outside her race, Winston would be trying to get his college football career back on track in this upcoming season after sitting out last year and being acquitted like Dent was quickly by a mostly female jury because Meggs would have barreled forward as anyone who’s lived in Leon County would tell you. That kind of ruined that young man’s life. But hey, who wants facts.

  5. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 18, 2015 8:34 PM

    Buyer beware of any college player with an attorney on retainer/stand by. The risk is not worth the reward on this guy.

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    Manning made it.

  6. some facts on all the above;

    …Book it. To make the first accuser go away, a settlement is forthcoming, whether Winston goes one, or twenty one. No way either teams of council want to see Erica Kinsman on the stand. It would be very, very ugly. Winston would have to testify again, and Kinsman would have a nightmare on the stand.

    …Kinsman may be counter sued soon though, as her movie speak, contradicts everything she has stated under oath. This in addition to 8 contradictions before that.

    …let’s be clear, Erica knew of Winston before their dalliance. Erased twitter post will prove that. As well as the erased phone messages via Kinsman’s team.

    …Kinsman DID id Winston 40 days after the event. She was offered to transfer out of Winston’s class, post identification… She declined, and stayed in his class.

    …when the infamous “this is a football town” quote came forth via the kinsman team in November 2013, Kinsman was asked why report this now and not 10 months ago?… after Winston was on his way to the Heisman? Kinsman’s team had no response.

    …Kinsman, Mat Baker of the Tampa bay paper (who covered Kinsman in high school), TMZ, and Kinsman’s Auntie had 10 months to make the case public, to sue, to press charges…NOPE…not until Winston shredded the Clemson tigers, and success was in the future of the 19 year old Winston. THEN the case was made public by TMZ.

    …Cheeeeeeeze.

    …if everyone who tosses out the word RAPE on these post, would educate themselves on the case, we would all be able to debate within the scope of reality.

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  7. Per the source, the Buccaneers have spoke to the district attorney’s office
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    What source? How do we know you’re not making it up?

  8. darrenseminoles says:
    Apr 18, 2015 8:42 PM
    some facts on all the above;

    …Book it. To make the first accuser go away, a settlement is forthcoming, whether Winston goes one, or twenty one. No way either teams of council want to see Erica Kinsman on the stand. It would be very, very ugly. Winston would have to testify again, and Kinsman would have a nightmare on the stand.

    …Kinsman may be counter sued soon though, as her movie speak, contradicts everything she has stated under oath. This in addition to 8 contradictions before that.

    …let’s be clear, Erica knew of Winston before their dalliance. Erased twitter post will prove that. As well as the erased phone messages via Kinsman’s team.

    …Kinsman DID id Winston 40 days after the event. She was offered to transfer out of Winston’s class, post identification… She declined, and stayed in his class.

    …when the infamous “this is a football town” quote came forth via the kinsman team in November 2013, Kinsman was asked why report this now and not 10 months ago?… after Winston was on his way to the Heisman? Kinsman’s team had no response.

    …Kinsman, Mat Baker of the Tampa bay paper (who covered Kinsman in high school), TMZ, and Kinsman’s Auntie had 10 months to make the case public, to sue, to press charges…NOPE…not until Winston shredded the Clemson tigers, and success was in the future of the 19 year old Winston. THEN the case was made public by TMZ.

    …Cheeeeeeeze.

    …if everyone who tosses out the word RAPE on these post, would educate themselves on the case, we would all be able to debate within the scope of reality.
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    But he did rape her and the cops tried to cover it up for 7 months.

  9. liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    Apr 18, 2015 8:39 PM

    Manning made it.

    Gee, the isolated incident of mooning a track team member in the trainers room or an (alleged) rapist and proven thief. Those two are the same I guess.

  10. It’s so refreshing to spot the people who actually took time and did research on this case. Those posters have presented well articulated posts that have actual facts. Kudos to you guys! On the other hand, you have the posters who read one or two articles, do zero research on the subject and go around bashing this kid without facts. I was a Winston hater since he started last year and I thought for sure he was guilty of rape. I decided to do research(multiple story flaws by Kinsman, no DNA, two seperate drug test that found 0/170 drugs, out of context social media posts, etc) and by due diligence I found out Winston is a strong individual that made petty mistakes as a teenager. After numerous trials, evidence, and documents I personally believe Winston is not guilty of rape. Being immature? For sure! No one could defend Winston on that matter. So please, take time and do some research and don’t read articles from VICE sports(Jessica Luther to be exact) or anything writen by Matt Baker. The reason why Baker broke the recent lawsuit is because this is his stand to sway the Bucs brass. Baker realizes he has to cover Winston for the next decade and he doesn’t want to deal with Winston face to face because Baker is a coward. Just some food for thought.

  11. Winston throws poorly rolling out. He’s a pure pocket passer who often puts his team in a hole early. On top of that there’s a chillingly possibility he’s a sociopath.

    If Tampa uses the #1 overall pick to make a questionable quarterback and person a millionaire they will deserve everything that happens afterwards. If JW turns his life around and improves his understanding of early-game decision making they will look like geniuses. But if he turns into a living nightmare they will have no excuse.

    Mariota is clearly the wiser choice.

  12. I can’t imagine a team taking a player first overall in the NFL draft when there is a player available at the exact same position and equally, if not more talented, with a spotless rap sheet. Christ, if the Bucs draft Winston first overall, they deserve the damage he will bring to the franchise. When you have to interview district attorneys as part of your evaluation, my goodness!

    PS Seminole fans, stop sticking up for Winston. You’re embarrassing yourselves. More than that FSU diploma on your wall, if you ever even went there.

  13. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 18, 2015 9:01 PM
    liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    Apr 18, 2015 8:39 PM

    Manning made it.

    Gee, the isolated incident of mooning a track team member in the trainers room or an (alleged) rapist and proven thief. Those two are the same I guess.

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    So isolated and innocuous that he settled out of court? Twice?

  14. I’m not a FSU Alum, I think Winston is innocent. Erica Kingston is using her entitlement as the basis to destroy Winston life. That what’s wrong with this country, those who came to this country by the Mayflower, who stole land, gave native americans deceased invested blankets, brought into the slave trade, had native Americans walk the trail of tears, approved separate but equal doctrine, established institutional racism, still in denial of their blood thirsty history of the Willie Lynch letters systematic empowering themselves over those who don’t look like them.

    If everyone was equal,rregardless of the color of your skin, then this nonsense wouldn’t be news about Winston, because of half truths, that some of the mainstream believe is gospel. Entitlement is the reason why Erica Kingsmen is pushing this baseless suit. When she found out his girlfriend was black, the war was on.

  15. Regarding, Manning, double standard, he put his butt and testicles into the face of the trainer, while attending Tennessee. Manning family through money at the problem to go away. No different from the alleged issue of Winston. Only difference Manning is true, While Winston a witch hunt. You can book it, the Buccaneers will select #1 on April 30th.

  16. Why speak to the DA? He didn’t do anything about it or know anything about it.

    It’s pretty damn dumb to compare a mooning to this fool’s garbage.

  17. ….the bucs just cant draft him at this point. Just take Mariota and have your franchise concentrate on winning….not having to defend a qb with lawsuts and constant character issues. Do the RIGHT thing Tampa Bay and take either Mariota or Williams

  18. Lol at people saying the DA is covering for Winston because he’s a football player.

    He tried to give Peter Warrick prison time for taking clothes from Burdines!

  19. If the Bucs bring this menace to the Tampa community, they will deserve all the backlash from the community!

    And they don’t deserve a fan base.

  20. I wonder how many number one picks had a district attorney consulted before they were drafted?

  21. The Bucs could play it safe. Draft Winston, but let him sit the bench his first season and learn from a seasoned veteran. They could acquire Vick for cheap.

  22. Can people stop saying Manning mooned that girl? He literally sat on her face nude. Let someone put their testicles on your mother’s face and say it’s no big deal.

  23. It’s really pitiful listening to the FSU backers attempting to write their own version of the facts regarding Winston. These types of fans only weaken sports for the rest of us. No one in Tallahassee is interested in the truth. But worse is the cover-up by the university and the police. There should be a federal investigation.

  24. Peyton Manning put his ass and testicles on the woman’s face. Get you facts straight people. He settled out of court twice, and the reason it wasn’t blown out of proportion is because social media wasn’t around. As long as Nike is okay with signing Winston then so will the Buccaneers.

  25. Mrba and most posts on here always taking it to a racist issue ?? Wow can’t argue intelligently without throwing out the race card. This guy is overhyped period because there is not a clear cut #1 QB in this draft period. When Peyton manning came out Ryan Leaf was all hyped up as well look how he turned out. I am all about Winston growing as a man on and off the field. As a bucs fan and being honest he will fail. Our offensive line is absolutely horrible. No qb would make it through that. Trade down aquire more picks and build through the draft. Btw Mrba if you can’t stand what’s happened in this country here is food for thought , quit complaining and voting for people aka Obama who make it worse and cause more of a racial divide by always bringing it to the forefront of every conversation when things are not going your way. It allows for people not to look at things objectively or with any clarity.

  26. If he did rape or didn’t, no one posting here knows. To be accused of it twice and considering the other criminal/childish antics this clown has did should make the buyer beware.

  27. Football players don’t commit crimes in Tallahassee. Surprised you didn’t know that.

  28. Wow LOL, just the fact that as a football team you felt the need to have to contact a District Attorney in regard to the character and inside information of a guy in order to decide whether or not to draft said guy should tell you all you need to know about getting involved with and forming a relationship with that guy!! Wow what a league this has turned into.

  29. some facts on all the above;

    …The second woman in the aforementioned, has stated she WAS NOT RAPED, yet she had a disturbing experience. It is her option to change said report in the future.

    …Book it. To make the first accuser go away, a settlement is forthcoming, whether Winston goes one, or twenty one. No way either teams of council want to see Erica Kinsman on the stand. It would be very, very ugly. Winston would have to testify again, and Kinsman would have a nightmare on the stand.

    …Kinsman may be counter sued soon though, as her movie speak, contradicts everything she has stated under oath. This in addition to 8 contradictions before that.

    …let’s be clear, Erica knew of Winston before their dalliance. Erased twitter post will prove that. As well as the erased phone messages via Kinsman’s team.

    …Kinsman DID id Winston 40 days after the event. She was offered to transfer out of Winston’s class, post identification… She declined, and stayed in his class.

    …when the infamous “this is a football town” quote came forth via the kinsman team in November 2013, Kinsman was asked why report this now and not 10 months ago?… after Winston was on his way to the Heisman? Kinsman’s team had no response.

    …Kinsman, Mat Baker of the Tampa bay paper (who covered Kinsman in high school), TMZ, and Kinsman’s Auntie had 10 months to make the case public, to sue, to press charges…NOPE…not until Winston shredded the Clemson tigers, and success was in the future of the 19 year old Winston. THEN the case was made public by TMZ.

    …Cheeeeeeeze.

    …if everyone who tosses out the word RAPE on these post, would educate themselves on the case, we would all be able to debate within the scope of reality.

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  30. Let’s see. Marcus Mariota, clean cut, hard working, low risk athlete who has never had any legal issues vs the guy who you have to consult the district attorney’s office about. Tough choice!

  31. AS IS. NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGE. NO RETURN POLICY WHATSOVER. ALL ASSEMBLY REQUIRED WITHOUT DIRECTIONS. -MADE IN THE WANNA BE HOOD. Whoever gets this guy is gonna be his babysitter/nanny/sanitation expert for the next ten years. -Office of District Attorney, State of Florida.

  32. Mariota has no legal issues?? The guy got busted doing 80 MPH in a 50 zone. He’s a menace to society and thinks he can get away with whatever he wants!

  33. Any one interested in buying my bridge in Brooklyn?

    Don’t believe a word out of Tampa. They made their mind up months ago!

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