New Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston may have most of his focus on football and the playbook, but this didn’t stop the often-maligned signal caller from responding to the woman who accused him of sexual assault during his playing days at Florida State.
According to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, Winston has filed a counterclaim against Erica Kinsman, who accused him of rape stemming from an encounter back in December of 2012.
The suit alleges that Kinsman’s allegations are “false, defamatory, and have maliciously and impermissibly interfered with Mr. Winston’s business and personal relationships.”
If you remember, Winston was never charged in the case, and was cleared of any wrongdoing by Florida State under its code of conduct policy.
Winston, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, might have a legitimate claim here. While the accusations didn’t necessarily impact his draft stock, it is possible that they might have an adverse impact on his ability to gain top-end sponsors moving forward.
The court filing continues:
Mr. Winston brings this action against Ms. Kinsman out of necessity, not malice or ill will,” the court filing said. “Nonetheless, Ms. Kinsman’s false statements have irreparably harmed in his professional and personal life.
To say what Winston’s name has been dragged through the mud in the months following Kinsman’s accusations would be an understatement. And in the court of law, Winston isn’t guilty of anything. While obviously reserving judgment on our end, it would make sense for Winston to file a counterclaim.
According to court documents, Winston is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
This also comes three weeks after Kinsman filed a civil suit against Winston stemming from that aforementioned incident back in 2012. As most of you know, the burden in civil cases is much less than criminal cases, so a counterclaim pretty much indicates Winston wants to take Kinsman on in that arena as well.
As the Tampa Bay Times notes:
In a court filing by Winston’s attorneys, John F. Meyers and David Cornwell, said Kinsman’s accusation has been shot down six times, by FSU, the Tallahassee Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office.
This promises to get pretty ugly on the back end. And unfortunately for the Buccaneers, it could create some drama surrounding Winston as he prepares for his rookie season while attempting to clear his name.
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