Jameis Winston the rookie quarterback for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers has threatened to sue the cable network CNN to prevent the airing of a documentary about college rape.
Today sexual assault on university and college campuses is a very big problem with a number of cases that are high profile that have brought a great deal of national attention to this widespread crisis and the cover ups by the administration that accompany them.
Not only is sexual assault on-campus widespread, but according to this study, 1 in 4 women on campus will be the victim at some point of a sexual assault. However, it is ignored consistently by administrations countrywide.
A documentary was therefore made and CNN will air the documentary Sunday and Winston with his legal advisers have threatened legal action if the film is aired on grounds the documentary is defamatory.
While attending Florida State University, Winston was accused of rape, never charged and benefitted from some remarkably bad police work.
Afterwards both he and the accuser filed lawsuits against one another.
The documentary called The Hunting Ground will premiere Sunday on CNN and features Erica Kinsman Winston’s accuser stepping forward and speaking publicly for just the first time since she accused him of rape.
Winston did not let the worry of the documentary being aired hurt his play on Sunday. The rookie signal caller led the Buccaneers to a 45-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Winston tied a rookie quarterback record with 5 touchdowns passes. On the day, Winston completed 19 of 26 passes for 246 with 5 touchdowns, while being sacked 1 time for 8 yards.
Winston completed his five touchdown passes to five different receivers. The other NFL rookie quarterbacks to tie for the record were Matthew Stafford for the Detroit Lions in 2009 and Ray Buivid for the Chicago Bears in 1937.
The five touchdown passes for Winston also tied Josh Freeman, Brad Johnson and Steve DeBerg for the team record for number of touchdown passes in one game.
Winston set his career high for touchdowns in one half with four during the first half.
Winston also became the first Bucs rookie quarterback in franchise history to throw four touchdown passes in the first half finishing with 147 yards after two quarters.