Hometown To Honor Heisman-Winning QB Despite Previous Rape Accusations
HUEYTOWN, Ala. (CBS Tampa) – Hueytown, Alabama will honor Jameis Winston with his own day.
The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner played high school football at Hueytown High.
The city will present Winston with a key to the city; and plan to affix two permanent signs around the city as a way of honoring the former Golden Gopher.
Council member Fran Zinnerman told the Birmingham News that Winston will be issued a proclamation by the city declaring July 5 as “Jameis Winston Day.”
Zinnerman added that Winston’s off-the-field incidents had no bearing on this ceremony.
While a freshman at Florida State, Winston was named but never charged in an alleged sexual assault. He was also issued a civil citation for leaving a Publix supermarket without paying for approximately $3 worth of crawfish and crab legs.
“None of the accusation or charges against Winston had an impact on this decision,” she said in a telephone interview with the newspaper. “We were actually scheduling this ceremony when it was convenient for Jameis to get home after the baseball season. None of that stuff had any bearing on our decision to honor Jameis. We wanted to recognize him as a Heisman Trophy winner, a graduate of Hueytown High, and a resident of Hueytown. That’s why he is being recognized.”
The high school also plans on retiring Winston’s number 8 in the future.
Winston grew up in neighboring Bessemer, where he played recreational league football. They have been asked to join Hueytown in this event.
“Hueytown is actually putting it on, and Bessemer asked to join us in the event,” Zinnerman said.
“After he won the Heisman and he led Florida State to the championship we knew that we would do something to recognize that,” she said. “That was a great accomplishment.”
Elected officials from Hueytown, including the Mayor and members of the City Council, are expected to be on hand for the event.