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Jameis Winston ruling likely after ACC championship game

Jameis Winston and Florida State take on Florida this weekend. (USATSI)
Jameis Winston and Florida State take on Florida this weekend. (USATSI)

Jameis Winston might be on his way to New York before a ruling on his alleged rape case surfaces.

The State Attorney's Office probably needs the next two weeks or longer before deciding whether to bring charges against the Florida State quarterback, assistant state attorney of the Second Judicial Circuit Georgia Cappleman told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

"It's mostly likely (after next week)," Cappleman said.

The state attorney is waiting on evidence that hasn't yet arrived, said Cappleman, who declined comment on specifics of the investigation.

State Attorney Willie Meggs told the Associated Press last week that a ruling would not come before Thanksgiving. A week extension from that timeline all but assures Winston will play in the ACC championship game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte.

A victim alleges Winston raped her in December. Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, says sex was consensual. Jansen has not returned calls from CBSSports.com.

A statement from the victim's attorney last week claims a Tallahassee detective told the victim's camp to “think long and hard” about the case because Tallahassee was a “big football town.” The statement also alleges the family had difficulty obtaining DNA and blood samples from the incident.

CBSSports.com has left phone messages with TPD spokesman David Northway.

Meggs told CBSSports.com two weeks ago this case was a ‘cluster' because of the near-year-long gap before his office was aware of the situation.

Winston, considered a Heisman front-runner, is not expected to speak with the state attorney.

Cappleman said she understands the case's unique nature because of Winston's high profile and Florida State's national title run but the goal of every case is the same: To get it right.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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