Witnesses Back Account of Heisman Front-runner Under Investigation

Two witnesses claim they can back up Florida State's quarterback Jameis Winston's story about what happened the night of December 7, 2012, when a woman claimed Winston sexually assaulted her. Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen is representing Winston.

Tim Jansen told ESPN.com that Winston was being investigated for "his potential involvement" in an incident in December 2012. Jansen provided police with affidavits from two witnesses earlier this week, and he said at least one of those witnesses has already been interviewed by police and another is in the process of being interviewed.

Jansen said he was told by authorities in February 2013 that the case was closed and relayed that information to Winston's family and Florida State. No charges were filed and Jansen said Thursday no investigation had occurred since then, until this week.

Winston is the Heisman Trophy front-runner, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said his status with the team has not changed. He is expected to start against Syracuse on Saturday. The team is 9-0 and #2 in the BCS. Winston has 2,661 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.


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