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Jameis Winston sued by accuser in sexual assault incident (Shutdown Corner) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Almost exactly two weeks before the NFL draft is to begin, news broke that the presumptive top pick James Winston is being sued by his accuser in an alleged sexual assault incident from 2012. The story was first reported by Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times . He said the lawsuit was filed by Erica Kinsman on Thursday in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District. In the lawsuit, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Kinsman accuses Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State, of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and "intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape." The incident in question happened in December of 2012 . Winston was not criminally charged in the case due to insufficient evidence . He was cleared in a Florida State code of conduct hearing . Kinsman also filed a Title IX federal lawsuit against Florida State this year. Florida State filed a motion in March to dismiss that suit. This news, while very close to the draft, isn't likely to change much about Winston's draft status. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew about the allegations from the incident. Everyone who has followed Winston did; it became a huge story in 2013. Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has already said he is comfortable with Winston off the field. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson said that Bucs ownership, and Darcie Glazer Kassewitz in particular, " has raised some internal questions about the community relations impact of the pick." But it's not like the lawsuit filed on Thursday changes any of the facts the Bucs knew of the case. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed through sources that the lawsuit won't affect the Buccaneers' decision. Here is the statement Kinsman's attorney, John Clune, gave to Baker of the Tampa Bay Times: "Today, a very brave young woman filed her lawsuit against Jameis Winston for the sexual battery that she reported to police in December 2012. Over the past two years, this survivor of sexual violence has had to endure a delinquent police investigation, a hostile FSU athletic department, and Mr. Winston's bullying lawyer. But the more these forces sought to silence her, the more determined she has become to step forward and hold Jameis Winston accountable for his actions. With the support of her family, she is prepared for this fight and for the counterclaims and the smear campaigns that will surely follow. "We know that quite often the public is quick to support the cause against sexual violence but at times can be slow to support the individual women who come forward. We hope that this case becomes a model for understanding what real sexual assault cases look like as well as the barriers that survivors face in coming forward. Perhaps more than anything, Erica hopes to show other survivors the strength and empowerment that can come from refusing to stay silent no matter what forces are against you. "Jameis Winston in contrast has proven time and time again to be an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants. He took something here that he was not entitled to and he hurt someone. There are consequences for that behavior and since others have refused to hold him accountable, our client will." - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab Yahoo! Thu, Apr 16
 
Star quarterback Winston's lawyer calls Florida rape suit a 'stunt' (Reuters) ( today ) Courtesy of
A lawyer for college football star quarterback Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, on Friday labeled as a "stunt" the lawsuit filed a day earlier in a Florida court by a woman who says he raped her. Winston, 21, did not face criminal charges in the alleged 2012 rape and was cleared of any conduct code violations as a student at Florida State University. The lawsuit, which seeks monetary damages, comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the NFL's handling of allegations of rape and domestic violence by its players. The woman, Erica Kinsman, filed the lawsuit in a state court in Orlando on Thursday, in part seeking to force Winston to answer questions under oath about what happened during the December 2012 encounter after the pair met at a bar near campus, according to her attorney, John Clune. Yahoo! Fri, Apr 17
 
Rape accuser sues quarterback Winston before NFL draft (Reuters) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - College football star quarterback Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, was sued on Thursday in Florida court by a woman who says he raped her in 2012. The lawsuit, which seeks financial damages, comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the NFL's handling of allegations of rape and domestic violence by its players. Winston, 21, did not face criminal charges in the alleged rape and was cleared of any conduct code violations as a student at Florida State University, but the incident continues to draw wide media attention. The woman, Erica Kinsman, filed the lawsuit in a state court in Orlando, in part seeking to force Winston to answer questions under oath about what happened, said her attorney, John Clune. Yahoo! Thu, Apr 16
 
Rape accuser sues football star Jameis Winston in Florida court (Reuters) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - College football star Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, was sued on Thursday in Florida court by a woman who claims he raped her in 2012, highlighting concerns about his off-the-field reputation. The lawsuit seeks financial damages from the quarterback at a sensitive time for the NFL, which has come under scrutiny for its handling of allegations of rape and domestic violence by its players. Winston did not face criminal charges in the alleged rape and was cleared of any conduct code violations as a student at Florida State University. The woman filed the lawsuit in a state court in Orlando, in part seeking to force Winston to answer questions under oath about what happened, said her attorney, John Clune. Yahoo! Thu, Apr 16
 
Two-round NFL mock draft: Trade speculation heats up in top 10 picks (Shutdown Corner) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
What has happened since our last NFL mock draft ? Not a ton outside of some wild rumors and baseless chatter — the fun stuff! — about Team X liking Player Y and the like. But we’ve been gathering information behind the scenes, double-checking our lists and circling back on prospects we missed the first time around. And with it comes another two-round mock draft, this one two weeks prior to liftoff on April 30: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  — Florida State QB Jameis Winston Although the team has gone out of its way to point out that it is examining all avenues, and wild rumors tend to catch wind this time of year,. we believe this pick has been solid since head coach Lovie Smith essentially signed off on Winston’s character at the NFL scouting combine, even if some higher-ups are a little skittish. 2. Tennessee Titans — Oregon QB Marcus Mariota We don’t believe the Titans will be making this pick themselves, but rather another team — the San Diego Chargers have been our wild-card pick here for weeks, and the St. Louis Rams should not be ignored — trading up to pick in this spot. If the Titans stand pat, we think they’d select USC’s Leonard Williams, for what it’s worth. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars — Clemson OLB Vic Beasley Dante Fowler Jr.  said he’d be stunned if he wasn’t the third pick. Well, Dante, prepare your best “stunned” face. Yes, the Jaguars threw a changeup with Blake Bortles in this same slot a year ago, and we would not be shocked if it’s happening again. It’s either Beasley or Williams in our eyes, and Beasley is the bigger need in the Jaguars’ “Leo” pass rusher role. 4. Oakland Raiders — USC DE Leonard Williams If you’ve been following our mocks, we’ve etched in a receiver here consistently. But that was on the premise that Williams was gone. Given that Williams is the rare player who openly has campaigned for the Raiders to take him — and that he’d fill a need, too — we feel like it must happen. The Raiders can get their wideout(s) later. 5. Washington Redskins — Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr. New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan fills a major hole opposite Ryan Kerrigan now that Brian Orakpo is gone. Trent Murphy is a nice player, but don’t be fooled; he’s nowhere near the all-around force Fowler is. This also is a strong trade-down slot if the right deal materializes. Otherwise, we also could see a safe pick such as Iowa’s Brandon Scherff. 6. New York Jets — Alabama WR Amari Cooper There’s no glaring need at receiver with Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley currently manning the top three slots. But what better way to boost Geno Smith (or Ryan Fitzpatrick) than with a front-line playmaker such as Cooper? He’s silky smooth, polished and a nice complement to the size of Decker and Marshall and the underneath ability of Kerley. Plus, Marshall currently is a one-year investment, and the Jets could walk away from either Decker or Kerley after this season without getting crushed on the salary cap. We could see this very safe, very smart maiden pick by new GM Mike Maccagnan. 7. Chicago Bears — West Virginia WR Kevin White The Bears would be in a win-win position, able to pick between the draft’s top two receivers and its best nose tackle in Danny Shelton. With new GM Ryan Pace spending most of his time this offseason sprucing up the defense, he shifts gears and gives Alshon Jeffery a running mate who could be a perfect replacement for Marshall — without the headaches. White’s character checks with NFL teams have been off-the-charts good, a total departure from the wideout he'd be replacing. Yahoo! Thu, Apr 16
 
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George Johnson Rutgers
 
 
 
 
 
Matthew Masifilo Stanford
 
 
 
 
 
Gerald McCoy Oklahoma
 
 
 
 
 
Clinton McDonald Memphis
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Melton Texas
 
 
 
 
 
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Jacquies Smith Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Akeem Spence Illinois
 
 
 
 
 
George Uko USC
 
 
 
 
 
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Lavonte David Nebraska
 
 
 
 
 
Larry Dean Valdosta State
 
 
 
 
 
Danny Lansanah Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
Orie Lemon Oklahoma State
 
 
 
 
 
Damaso Munoz Rutgers
 
 
 
 
 
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Chris Conte California
 
 
 
 
 
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Isaiah Frey Nevada-Reno
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Jenkins South Florida
 
 
 
 
 
M.D. Jennings Arkansas State
 
 
 
 
 
Leonard Johnson Iowa State
 
 
 
 
 
Shelton Johnson Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
Bradley McDougald Kansas
 
 
 
 
 
Sterling Moore Southern Methodist
 
 
 
 
 
Jocquel Skinner Bethel (TN)
 
 
 
 
 
Keith Tandy West Virginia
 
 
 
 
 
Alterraun Verner UCLA
 
 
 
 
 
Major Wright Florida