Winston’s Teammates Decline to Testify at Hearing, ESPN Reports

Jameis Winston’s teammates declined to testify during a student conduct hearing two years after a Florida State University student accused the school’s quarterback of sexual assault, ESPN reported.

Chris Casher and Ronald Derby, Winston’s roommates at the time of the alleged incident, yesterday refused to answer questions put to them by Major Harding, who is overseeing the conduct hearing, ESPN said, citing people familiar with the case that it didn’t identify.

Retired Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice Harding is examining four potential breaches of the school’s code of conduct by Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as college football’s best player. Disciplines range from a reprimand to suspension or expulsion from the school, ESPN said.

Winston’s attorney, David Cornwell, said his client is innocent of any assault, ESPN said. Local authorities declined to charge Winston with any crime and the quarterback has said he had consensual sex with the woman, who is no longer a student at the Tallahassee school and who attended yesterday’s proceedings, ESPN said.

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