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Heisman Race 2013: Jameis Winston Sexual Assault, Johnny Manziel Scandal Puts Focus On Trophy Integrity Clause

Heisman Race 2013: Jameis Winston Sexual Assault, Johnny Manziel Scandal Puts Focus On Trophy Integrity Clause

The Heisman race in 2013 is wide open with news reports saying Jameis Winston’s sexual assault investigation could hold him up. Combine that with losses by Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota and you can see why there’s no obvious front runner.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the 2012 Heisman Trophy went to Johnny Manziel, setting a new record since he was the first freshman ever to receive the football award.

Not too many people realize the Heisman Trophy is not all about football performance. The Heisman race 2013 could be decided largely by the “integrity clause” because so many of the front-runners have been breaking the rules. (Apparently, these guys are not the next Tim Tebow…)

Even though he’s a defending champ, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel did not even have a chance at the 2013 Heisman race even before he took his first snap of the season. Manziel drew Heisman voter rebukes amid allegations he took money for signing memorabilia against NCAA rules. They even questioned him for six straight hours of the alleged autographs and he was eventually suspended by the NCAA. But even if Johnny football didn’t have these issues recent losses probably would take away his chance at a second Heisman trophy.

The investigation into the alleged Jameis Winston sexual assault of a woman was not supposed to be announced publicly until the police finished looking into the matter. The case took a turn when it was revealed that Winston’s DNA was confirmed to be found in a pair of the woman’s underwear. No charges have been made and so far police say they can only confirm that the woman was indeed with Winston, but not whether a sexual assault took place.

Do you think the Heisman race in 2013 should be determined by solely football performance or should the integrity clause be an overriding factor?

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2 Responses to “Heisman Race 2013: Jameis Winston Sexual Assault, Johnny Manziel Scandal Puts Focus On Trophy Integrity Clause”

  1. Bernita Morgan

    Johnny Manziel was NOT suspended by the NCAA. Please correct your error.

    Of course integrity has a place in voting for this prestigious award. The question is, what constitutes integrity in the case of a football award for a college student? We actually know very little about the personal lives of most of the student athletes who are up for this award.

    Judgement about integrity is a primarily matter of personal values. No one is perfect, and most college students are immature. Still, American football fans would not tolerate the awarding of a Heisman trophy to a felon.

  2. Geri Hege

    As a retired lawman, Winston has serious problems. Women don't have rape kit test after sex unless it was forced upon them. Manziel signing autographs for money is a joke. His family are oil barons,he doesn't need the money.He has no defense and little help on offense. He is the best football player in my lifetime. i am 65 years old.