Just when it seemed like Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had put the stupidity behind him, he goes and does something well… stupid.
Before the act itself is broken down, it has been noticed that Winston has carried himself like both a leader and a man over the past two seasons.
He has lifted the broken spirits of an organization that with the exception of a few bright spots has consistently been consistently stuck between the words mediocre and terrible.
He’s at times won games by himself and given the credit to everyone but himself.
In short, he grew up and out of the questionable sexual decisions, the penchant for walking out of stores with free seafood and the vile lunch table discourse.
He put down the boy’s clothes and put on a man’s suit. That was until he decided to tell a group of elementary school girls to remain silent.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, James was speaking at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg and said the following.
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.
“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”
Wow. It may not seem like a big deal but the parent of any daughter will tell you, this is a difficult message to decipher.
Your truly, has a boy and even I felt the need to express that a gentleman doesn’t think as a caveman. It’s not a woman’s place to be “silent.”
To his credit, Winston addressed the issue.
“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention, and I didn’t want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up,” Winston said. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
The problem is that he saw the need to divide the genders.
So it’s back to media training for a 23-year-old that had more or less cleared his name in the minds of many.
Here’s to the hope that he will stop sticking his foot in his mouth or at the very least he will learn when to remain silent.