As you may have heard by now, Florida State QB Jameis Winston was busted for stealing $32.72 in crab legs from a Publix supermarket in Florida. It was an embarrassing moment for Winston for sure, but one would think that compared to the far more serious sexual assault allegations against Winston, it would be a mere footnote in terms of assessing his character.
Not for NFL executives. No, the rape charge was apparently water under the bridge, but stealing crab legs? THIS TIME YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR! According to this Bleacher Report piece, an anonymous NFL executive went on the record saying the following:
“When I heard about this, I was stunned. He was the top overall pick next year. Was. Not any more. This latest thing shows a continuation of bad judgment. I don’t trust him, and I can tell you very few teams in the NFL will trust him.”
So, let me get this straight: when a player was accused of rape, and only got off the hook because the ridiculously incompetent cops working the case did everything they could to screw things up, and assure Florida State’s Heisman winning meal ticket wouldn’t get in trouble, you had no moral qualm with taking him #1 overall. But when he steals a few crab legs, you’re off the Winston bandwagon? Fuck you.
Another scout: “We’re talent whores. But we’re not total whores. It’s almost impossible, at this point, to trust Winston.”
Again, you trusted him when the rape accusation came out, but crab legs pushed you over the edge? Fuck you, too. Also, maybe not the best time to use the word “whores.”
Shit like this is what feminists mean when they use the phrase “rape culture.” NFL scouts are all-too-willing to write off a sexual assault saying “Oh, she was probably just after his money,” or “Well, we’re never going to prove anything, anyway.” And no, we probably won’t ever fully know what happened that night, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it, or presume complete innocence on Winston’s part, either. But that seems to be what’s going on here. The fact that NFL executives had no problem taking an accused rapist at #1, but are balking at using a draft pick on a crab leg bandit is a huge fucking problem. It illustrates that we still in a really fucking misogynist society that doesn’t trust women and is all-too-quick to brush off the words of rape victims when it might ruin our good time.