Jameis Winston Joins Nike a Day After Assault Lawsuit Is FiledScott Soshnick
Nike Inc. signed Jameis Winston, the probable top pick in the National Football League draft, to a contract, adding the talented but trouble-plagued quarterback to its stable of athlete endorsers.
Winston’s signing was confirmed Friday by company spokesman KeJuan Wilkins, who didn’t provide terms.
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State, was sued Thursday by a woman who in 2012 accused him of sexual assault. The player wasn’t charged and the university said there wasn’t enough evidence to trigger a violation of its code of conduct.
Nike said in a statement it would monitor the situation.
“Jameis has stated his innocence regarding serious charges made against him,” the company said.
Winston is widely regarded as the top pick in the draft on April 30. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 1 selection.
Winston passed for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns over his two seasons at Florida State.
Winston last season received a one-game suspension for shouting an obscenity on campus. He apologized to the school, his coaches and teammates, calling it a “selfish act.”
He was briefly suspended from Florida State’s baseball team after receiving a civil citation for leaving a store without paying for $32 worth of crablegs and crawfish. He told Leon County sheriff’s office deputies that he forgot to pay for the items at the Publix grocery store near Florida State’s Tallahassee campus.