It was far from the ugliest chapter of Jameis Winston’s troubled career, but it was certainly one of the strangest.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was suspended for top-ranked Florida State’s game against No. 22 Clemson on September 20 after standing up on a table and yelling “f*** her right in the p***y!” from the top of his lungs in the middle of the FSU student union on September 16.
The incident was just one of many this year that have further tarnished the image of Winston, who is accused of raping a fellow Florida State student in December 2014 and is facing charges that he violated the school’s conduct code as a result.
Here’s what you need to know about Winston’s comments:
1. Winston Was Suspended a Day After Making the Comments
After Winston made the comments September 16, his suspension was announced the following day in a statement from athletic director Stan Wilcox and interim university president Garnett Stokes.
Here’s the statement:
As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University. Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others.
As a result of his comments yesterday, which were offensive and vulgar, Jameis Winston will undergo internal discipline and will be withheld from competition for the first half of the Clemson game.
The University and athletics department will have no further comment on the matter.
2. FSU Announced the Night Before the Clemson Game That Winston Was Suspended for the Whole Game
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) September 20, 2014
The university issued another statement late on the night of September 19 announcing that Winston would be suspended for the entire game rather than just a half.
The announcement came amid speculation that Winston wasn’t honest with FSU officials when asked about the incident.
3. Several Students Tweeted After They Heard Winston Scream the Phrase
Winston’s comments came to light September 16 after several FSU students tweeted about hearing them.
4. The Phrase Comes From an Internet Meme Inspired by a Fake Video
The phrase comes from an Internet meme that originated with a fake video of a TV reporter saying it on the air. Deadspin notes that the meme has inspired various people to shout the phrase on live television.
5. Winston Came Out of the Tunnel in Full Uniform & Was Sent Back to Change by Jimbo Fisher
Jimbo Fisher was not amused when Jameis Winston came out in full pads. Fisher sent him back to change. VIDEO: http://t.co/nQ0jB3YIhl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 21, 2014
Winston emerged from the locker room in full pads despite being told he wasn’t supposed to dress for the game.
A clearly agitated Jimbo Fisher sent Winston back to the locker room to change, and Winston came back out shortly thereafter wearing a jersey but no pads.
Winston watched from the sideline wearing a jersey top and hat as Sean Maguire led the Seminoles offense.