‘No Means No’ Chant: Oregon Players Taunt FSU QB, Face Disciplinary Action
Not only did the Ducks destroy the Florida State University (FSU) football team with a 59-20 win in the Rose Bowl, some of the Oregon players appeared to be taunting Quarterback Jameis Winston by chanting “no means no.”
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, has been at the center of allegations of sexual assault the past two years. The QB was never charged after a woman accused him of raping her in 2012.
Even though the case has gone through lengthy legal proceedings, Winston was recently cleared of violating the FSU student code of conduct. However, the case is surrounded by controversy related to the way in which the rape allegations were handled.
Following cases in which National Football League (NFL) players have been under the spotlight for less than acceptable behavior, a “no means no” campaign began to counter the league’s apparent lack of action in the matter.
In an April 2014 investigative report, the New York Times cited problems within the investigation into the FSU QB’s rape allegations. Even though a medical examination of the accuser revealed she had bruised knees and semen in her body – and she identified Winston by name as her attacker a month later — Tallahassee police reportedly failed to obtain a DNA sample from the QB.
Additionally, they never interviewed him, nor did they attempt to obtain a video of the encounter allegedly taken by Seminoles teammate Chris Casher. Moreover, the investigation was conducted by Officer Scott Angulo, who according to the article, did private security work for the Seminole Boosters, the main financial contributor to FSU athletics.
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Following the “no means no” chants — which were captured on video as several Oregon Ducks players celebrated their victory over the Seminoles — their coach stated that the group could face disciplinary action.
“We are aware of the inappropriate behavior in the postgame,” coach Mark Helfrich said in a statement released by Oregon on Thursday night, according to ESPN. “This is not what our program stands for, and the student-athletes will be disciplined internally.”
Even though the Oregon players appear to show sympathy for Winston’s accuser, some at that schoold are also facing sexual assault allegations, the Associated Press reports. Three former basketball players were suspended in June for a minimum of four years after a freshman student filed a report alleging they sexually assaulted her. Prosecutors decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the players, who said the sexual contact was consensual.
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