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UF fumbles its handling of Antonio Callaway hearing

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When we learned Florida Gators’ star wide receiver Antonio Callaway was suspended indefinitely on March 11, that’s all we knew. No reason; no hint; nothing. The official word from the university was for “violation of the code of conduct.” We did not even know when he was suspended. Thanks to some legal strategy and an ESPN report, we now know when and why Callaway was officially sent away on January 27. He, along with former quarterback Treon Harris, are accused…

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FSU booster group to pay attorney fees from lawsuit

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Florida State University’s booster organization will pay most of the defense fees from a lawsuit brought by a former student who said the school failed to adequately investigate allegations that she was raped by quarterback Jameis Winston. Seminole Boosters Chairman David Rancourt said in an email to members that the organization will pay about $1.3 million of the university’s $1.7 million legal fees. The state’s Risk Management Fund will pay the remainder and the $950,000 settlement to Erica Kinsman and…

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Lawyers for Jameis Winston, Erica Kinsman unhappy on eve of documentary

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The back and forth between the representatives of Jameis Winston and Erica Kinsman has ramped up on the eve of CNN’s airing of the film “The Hunting Ground.” The cable news station is scheduled to show documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses Sunday. The film aired at the Sundance Film Festival and features Kinsman, who accused Winston of sexual assault while the two were students at Florida State. The Hollywood Reporter said Friday that a Winston lawyer sent…

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Long-time prosecutor who investigated Jameis Winston is retiring

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The Florida prosecutor who investigated numerous state politicians and conducted a high-profile probe into rape allegations against Jameis Winston is ending his lengthy career. State Attorney Willie Meggs announced Monday that he would not seek re-election next year when his current term expires. The 72-year-old Meggs has been the lead prosecutor for six North Florida counties since 1985. “I kind of figured all along this would be my last term,” Meggs said. “I’m getting a little long in the tooth.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.11.15 — Weekend tales in Tampa

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There were two events in Tampa that took place this weekend worth noting. Let’s start with the local NFL franchise and the off-field drama that won’t be going away anytime soon. “We do not think it will be a problem for Jameis to be focused on playing football here,” Tampa Bay Buc head coach Lovie Smith said on Saturday, talking to reporters after Jameis Winston, his prized number one draft choice, finished up his first workouts as a paid professional employed by…

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Jameis Winston files counterclaim, denies he raped woman

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Attorneys for No. 1 NFL pick Jameis Winston said in a federal court filing that the former Florida State University quarterback did not rape a woman who is suing him and that she is motivated by greed. Attorneys John F. Myers and David Cornwell Sr. filed a counterclaim Friday against Erica Kinsman in court in Orlando for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kinsman, a former student at Florida State, filed suit against Winston last month,…

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Woman who accused Jameis Winston of rape sues him

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A former Florida State University student on Thursday filed a lawsuit against top NFL prospect Jameis Winston, saying he assaulted and raped her at an off-campus apartment in 2012. The lawsuit by Erica Kinsman, which seeks damages from the former Seminoles quarterback, was filed two weeks before the April 30 NFL draft. Winston could be selected as the first overall pick. Winston has denied the allegations and prosecutors declined to file charges against him in late 2013. He also was…

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