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Jameis Winston: 'I knew I did nothing wrong'

NEW YORK -- Jameis Winston calmly handled the media Friday as easily as he has defenses this season. The 6-4, 230-pound redshirt freshman was the star attraction of the finalists assembled Friday afternoon at the Marriott Marquis as part of this weekend's Heisman presentation.

Among the dozens of questions Winston was asked this afternoon was one that focused directly on the investigation of a sexual battery complaint from December 2012. Winston was asked if he'd like to get his side of the story out about the investigation.

"I knew I did nothing wrong," Winston said. "That's why I knew I could respect the process and I'd eventually be vindicated. It was more about me being silent for my family because I didn't want to put my family in that situation.

"I knew that I did nothing wrong and everything would be OK."

Earlier this month, State attorney Willie Meggs concluded that "no charges will be filed" after an investigation of the case, explaining in a press conference Thursday that the "timing [of the case] has not been driven by Heisman demands or a football schedule."

Winston, who has led Florida State to an undefeated 13-0 season and a spot in the BCS National Title Game against Auburn, is expected to win the Heisman in a landslide Saturday. For the better part of a half hour the Alabama native adeptly handled questions, including a few that touched on the investigation or the fallout from it.

Asked if he feels like he's been treated fairly by the media, Winston said he'd "prefer not to get into that. I don't know people's motives. I just do what I do. I just prefer to play football."

Winston finished two votes shy of being a unanimous first-team choice on the All-ACC team and was named the league's Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. His 192.6 passing efficiency rating leads the nation and he set a new Florida State single-season record with 35 passing touchdowns in 2013.

 
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