According to the state attorney’s office, the investigation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been delayed. An exact date has not been set, but officials have stated that it could be at least two weeks away.
That means a ruling on whether or not charges will be pressed on Winston for sexual assault will come after the ACC Championship (Dec. 7) and voting for the Heisman Trophy. The trophy will awarded on Dec. 12 in New York City.
Two factors have contributed to the delay in the ruling: (1) officials are still waiting for evidence to arrive, and (2) the state is dealing with a capital murder case.
State attorney William Meggs told ESPN.com that, “Believe it or not, we have other cases we’re involved with; we haven’t shut down our office to focus entirely on this case.”
The quick rush to judgement would be that Winston and the Seminoles benefit from this delay. As far as his team’s trek to a BCS National Championship Game appearance, they most certainly do. As an individual, however, a potential sexual assault case hanging in the balance could definitely influence Heisman voters.
It will be interesting to see if it’s enough to sway their selection away from the young quarterback.
Winston and the Seminoles take on hated-rival Florida on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 12:00 p.m. ET in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.