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FSU President John Thrasher addresses football team over troubles

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John Thrasher, the president of Florida State University, has met with his football team to address the recent series of players assaulting members of the public.

Thrasher did warn the athletes that they would be held responsible for their actions.

The incidents garnered widespread attention to the school. First, freshman back De’Andre Johnson was dismissed from the team after hitting a woman in a bar. Then running back Dalvin Cook was suspended for hitting a woman in the parking lot of another bar.

Thrasher released a letter saying he had met with coach Jimbo Fisher, assistant coaches and players on Monday.

“In light of recent off-field incidents,” Thrasher said. “I reiterated to our players that they simply cannot put themselves in situations that reflect poor behavior or cause harm to others. They must remember that playing football for FSU is a privilege, not a right. The actions of a few have the capacity to do serious damage to the reputation of our entire university. I told them their coaches, the Athletic administration and I will do all we can to support them and help them learn the values we expect them to uphold. But they will be held accountable for their actions.

“As I’ve said before, the vast majority of our student-athletes are good students and positive role models who contribute to their university and their communities. But the actions of a very few are tarnishing the reputation of our outstanding university. We need to do better, and I want to assure you changes will be made to address these concerns.”

“There are so many incredible things happening at Florida State University in academics and athletics. That’s a headline we’d all like to see.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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