Legal decision on Jameis Winston may not come until after Heisman voting deadline


The worst-case scenario for the Heisman Trust looks possible now as Jeremy Fowler of is reporting that the Florida State Attorney’s office is unlikely to make a decision on whether or not to bring charges against Jameis Winston until after the ACC title game has been played.

With the voting deadline for this year’s trophy coming on Dec. 9 — the Monday after the ACC title game — that means there’s a chance that Winston could be charged with a felony before he heads to New York for the Heisman ceremony. The risk now is that the events of that weekend will be dominated — and stained — by this issue and that, potentially, Winston could become the first player to win the trophy with a rape charge pending.

Because there is unlikely to be clarity on this matter before the vote is due, it will be up to Heisman voters to assess for themselves whether its is worth the risk to confer this honor upon Winston. It’s definitely not an easy decision to make.

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