TAMPA - Oh my.
Do we have a cover-up uncovered in the Tallahassee Police Department?
Is it inconceivable that FSU has "friends of the program" working behind the badge in our State Capitol? Heck no.
Don't be so naive to think that there aren't watchdogs out there ready to step in at a moment's notice.
It's alive and well in the college and pro ranks.
Universities that don't have a setup are behind the curve, way behind.
Not to say FSU has such a system in place.
However, drawing a reasonable conclusion from the excerpts of Jameis Winston's accuser's family written statement, I'd say yes.
What am I talking about? Read this little tidbit from the accuser's family statement released Wednesday:
In early January, when the victim identified the perpetrator as Jameis Winston, the family grew concerned that she would be targeted on campus.
We requested assistance from an attorney friend to interact with law enforcement on the victim's behalf. When the attorney contacted Detective Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.
The attorney and Detective Angulo discussed suspending the investigation to give the victim some time to receive counseling.
However, during that discussion, the attorney addressed the need for the family to obtain the DNA and blood work results to make a more informed decision.
At that time, Detective Angulo specifically refused to collect Winston's DNA or interview Winston's roommate who witnessed the attack.
Detective Angulo stated that such activity would alert Winston and the matter could go public.
Okay. Why would Detective Angulo care whether this case went public or not back in 2012, or any time if he was doing his job?
Maybe he was doing his job.
I can't say for a fact Angulo was a watchdog for FSU.
I can tell you without hesitation this stuff exists in college towns coast to coast.
Most of the time, the cover-ups come when an athlete is caught doing something stupid, but rarely, if ever, what Winston is alleged to have done -- sexually assaulting a fellow female FSU student who we now know resides in the Tampa Bay area.
I really want to believe this whole thing is one giant mistaken identity.
I'm holding out hope since the accuser's initial read on the rapist was someone around 5' 9". That's not Jameis Winston. He's 6'4".
Then the accuser wasn't able to identify Winston as the person until a month later, when she came forward to police.
Unless there is DNA that links the two together, I have to believe there is no case, just an ongoing suspicion of what happened.
A good old he said/she said stalemate.
Are there any witnesses? Apparently Winston's roommate was a witness according to the accuser's statement.
Who is he and how in the world was he a witness to this?
Was he watching?
As these new so-called facts come into the public domain, we await our State's Attorney's verdict.
The Tallahassee PD dumped the investigation into the SA's hands, almost a year later!
The timing is suspicious.
Too much time has elapsed.
If what we have read in the accuser's family statement is true, heads are going to roll.
First and foremost, if this FSU co-ed was indeed raped, I hope the guilt party is dealt with to the full extent of the law.
For Jameis Winston, his fate may land in the hands of his attorney.
What's interesting, his lawyer received his undergraduate and law degree from non-other than the University of Florida. He's a Gator booster.