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Jameis Winston

Signs Cops Covered Up Sexual Assault Allegations

11/14/2013 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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There's evidence Tallahassee cops tried to sweep the sexual assault investigation targeting Florida State University QB Jameis Winston under the rug to protect the team and its star player ... and ONLY took aggressive steps after TMZ Sports started asking questions.

Sources in the State Attorney's Office tell us they never even knew about the investigation until Tuesday ... JUST ONE DAY AFTER TMZ Sports began making calls to cops about the alleged assault.

Our sources in the State Attorney's Office say ... it was highly unusual cops wouldn't have filled them in about the case until this week.  The sources say cops would have typically notified them when the investigation was completed, and Winston's lawyer reportedly says cops told him it was completed in February.

Now get this ... TMZ Sports started calling police about the case on Monday.  We were told someone would get back to us later that day, but there was radio silence for 2 days ... we made repeated calls Tuesday and Wednesday and no one got back to us until late Wednesday afternoon. 

Sources in the State Attorney's Office tell us ... the timing -- getting notified about the case months after it supposedly was closed and just a day after TMZ started calling -- is suspicious.

The State Attorney has now re-activated the case and sent it back to cops for further investigation.

And there's a twist -- guess what would happen if Winston was even CHARGED with felony sexual assault -- under FSU's rules ... he would be AUTOMATICALLY BENCHED ... killing the team's national championship hopes and his Heisman Trophy chances.

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46.

Brandii    

This just proves how unreliable this sleezy website is and what bottom feeders they are. Cheaply digging up dirt on Jameis, why? Certainly not because they have any morals. No wonder the celebs hate you...cheap, sleezy, liars!

345 days ago
47.

Brandii    

Come on, is Alabama really paying a sleezy rag website to dig up dirt on other teams...how low can you get!

345 days ago
48.

Jacob    

Total BS. TMZ is total trash as usual

345 days ago
49.

lol@tmz    

TPD covering up something to benefit FSU? HA! You clearly don't know TPD. I live in Tallahassee and can promise you they wouldn't do that. They have never given special treatment to FSU athletes. In fact, they like to harass them.

345 days ago
50.

Dead@27    

Alec says OK, as long as he's not a "c**ksucking f*g."

345 days ago
51.

teddy    

I heard from a reliable source Harvey is a rump ranger.. and likes to bang all the guys on the TMZ show.

345 days ago
52.

TMZisTRASH    

TMZ is s***, trying to ruin a kids life. I hope you are sued into the ground.

345 days ago
53.

TMZisTRASH    

So it turns out TMZ story is ****! They decide to say police cover it up? Cases are closed everyday and not referred to the SA office. Hacks

345 days ago
54.

ForReal    

Damn the FSU apologist are out in full force. If you don't like TMZ and then visit this website! TMZ is usually right which is scary for seminole nation.

345 days ago
55.

ZRGB    

Why is everyone here angry? It seems that one way for a sports star to gain more fans is by raping a woman. In that case he's always an innocent victim. Its such a disgusting mentality. No man should ever rape a woman and no real man would ever have sex with an inebriated woman.

345 days ago
56.

Jamie    

OH OKAY they covered it up BEFORE ANYONE EVEN KNEW WHO JAMEIS WAS?! He was not the FSU Quarterback last year!! Why would they cover up for him nearly a year ago? He had no Heisman OR National Championship hopes nearly a year ago!! Stop trying to make a story out of nothing. Is it not suspicious that RIGHT AFTER Jameis is getting hype and fame along with his football team that someone comes out of the woodworks with a case that was nearly closed? I'm looking at you, Ohio State.

345 days ago
57.

Deb    

The motivations of the sources at TMZ should scrutinized first and allow LE to do its freaking job, if you guys are busted I hope that Winston sues you and puts this sorry Charlie Sheen butt licking rag in the trash bin right where it belongs.

345 days ago
58.

Gabbie    

Jameis wasn't even playing when this **** happened! So why would cops try to cover up for a "star" player when he wasn't even a star yet?! That's BS TMZ and you know it. Just stop.

345 days ago
59.

TMZisTRASH    

Only fat women work for TMZ

345 days ago
60.

Gabbie    

He wasn't even playing in games when this happened! Why would cops cover for a "star" player when he wasn't even a star yet?! This is BS TMZ and you know it. Of course you know it, you all a just pieces of s*** that have nothing better to do than write crap filled articles. Just stop.

345 days ago
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