There are not many other off the field issues to address, at least from what I can find or think of at this time. The only one currently that comes to mind is the issue of Winston dressing out before the Clemson game even if though he knew he would not be playing that night.
Many commentators and media members let it be known they felt he should have been up in the booth with a tie on sitting quietly, but most believed, including FSU’s own Lee Corso, that he should have not even been in the stadium at all.
I understand them, but I sincerely disagree with these sentiments.
First, according to coach Jimbo Fisher, it was a mistake he even had his field gear in his locker.
Apparently he had his usual gear as well as a rumored pregame candy bar all in his locker as usual and Winston thought nothing of it and went with his normal routine. This had also happened previously when FSU wide receiver Jesus “BoBo” Wilson had also been suspended. That’s just an issue with team managers and communication. He was just doing what he thought he was supposed to be doing by what the managers provided him.
Who knows what he thought? Maybe that he should be hiding his face on the sideline with his helmet? Maybe it is easier and less painful to celebrate with teammates when wearing pads or that he should still be out there helping his team?
Going out in pads and helping his teammates warm up by taking snaps, giving them passes and coaching the backup QB for that day, helped warm them up and prepared them more than they could have done without him. That is just being a team player and more coaches who suspend players should follow suit. This was not defensive tackle with limited responsibility on the field, this was the starting QB, the winner of the last Heisman Trophy at that. He is like having another coach on the field.
How can you help your team by sitting quietly in a booth or not being there at all? You obviously can’t.
Jameis Winston did all he could all week to help the backup QB, Sean Maguire, and was still there during the game on the sideline keeping his spirit up when he struggled, coaching him and being a great teammate. His actions were realistically the most you could have asked out of him given the situation.
Here is a quote from the family of backup QB Sean Maguire, specifically his father, after the Clemson game about Jameis Winston:
Hard to be angry at a guy for that and being the best team player possible after being suspended for just saying a viral joke on campus that week. Most players would have let it really affect them and likely just gone and pout about it, but now Winston, he stood tall, stayed classy and was the best teammate he could possibly be.
Not only was he doing his best to coach up Maguire before the game and on the sideline, but he was the first to sprint across the field to celebrate with him after the final play in overtime. That likely went a long way with all of his teammates and regaining their trust.
The fuss made over Winston first dressing out for the game and remaining on the sideline for the game was really blown way out of proportion, especially for a player who should have never been suspended to begin with. Given his situation, most reasonable individuals without a bias would see he handled himself as best as could possibly have been asked of him.