The University of Alabama-Birmingham has, according to TMZ, opened up a point-shaving investigation into Chris Rabb, an associate of Jameis Winston who plays on UA-B’s football team.
Rabb allegedly placed a $5,000 bet on the Louisville-Florida State game last week. Florida State played poorly in the first half and then roared back to win the game in the second half. The allegation claims Winston deliberately performed terribly in the first half–he threw two picks–to help his friend win the bet.
Rabb allegedly placed a gimmick bet on Louisville to lead at halftime, which they did. Florida State, down 21-7 at the break, won 42-31.
Winston, facing a Florida State disciplinary hearing in ten days as a result of a rape allegation, has played under the microscope all season. He sat a game earlier this fall after loudly repeating a vulgar internet meme on the FSU campus. The rape allegation, despite Florida authorities refusing to pursue the case, continues to dog the Heisman Trophy-winner, whom police cited for stealing crabs from a store earlier this year.
The website advancing the allegation, IBN Sports Wrap, caters to gamblers. They rely on a bookie as their anonymous source.
“Bookie gets information late Sunday night that he’s been ‘Played for a fool’ as Mr. Rabb and Jameis Winston are former teammates and conspired together on the above mentioned first half wager,” the site claims. “Bookie wants no part of paying the debt.”
Though the accuser appears compromised beyond believability, the explosive nature of the allegation has erupted in a torrent of coverage on the eve of FSU’s game against Virginia. Should evidence substantiate the allegation, Winston may join Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter in the what-might-have-been category.