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Wagering on Winston?
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN; 10 a.m., ESPN2)
Projected to be this year’s top NFL Draft pick, Jameis Winston has impressed teams with his football I.Q. But a sexual assault allegation and various off-the-field indiscretions have some wondering whether he’d be a smart pick to lead a franchise. What do former NFL executives and Winston’s former coaches have to say about the quarterback? – Steve Delsohn sat down with several of them to find out.
“The first pick in any draft is supposed to be the poster child of that draft, and you don’t want concerns with his character. And, in this case, we do have some concerns.” – Greg Gabriel, former Chicago Bears’ director of scouting on Jameis Winston
“There is no case there and there’re no charges. So, there is no crime. You can accuse anybody of anything, but there’s no crime.” – Jimbo Fisher, FSU head football coach, on Winston being accused of but not charged with raping a Florida State classmate
Jameis Winston is on the Clock
ESPN The Magazine (NFL Draft issue, on newsstands Friday)
Training days in Solana Beach, a throw-off in Indy and home to Alabama: Kurt Streeter spent two months on the pre-draft trail with this year’s most polarizing player.
“From an early age, I realized I had a confidence that others my age just didn’t have.” – Jameis Winston
“With his light, brash tone and rounded Southern accent, he can sound like a young Ali. He has the same showman’s touch: an ability, through the force of personality, to cast a spell, mesmerizing and perhaps something to be wary of as well.” – Kurt Streeter
Related Jameis Winston content includes Jane McManus’ [Hidden from Justice] piece on Page 8 of ESPN The Magazine
Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps returns to competition today for the first time since his September arrest for driving while intoxicated. Wayne Drehs reports from Mesa, Ariz.
espnW continues its coverage of domestic violence in sports, with Jane McManus relating the poignant and gripping story of Christy Mack, whose boyfriend – former MMA fighter Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver – was the subject of an intense manhunt after he allegedly severely beat Mack.
FrontRow presented two pieces from its “Beyond The Story” series this week:
Senior writer Wright Thompson tells the story of Jason Rabedeaux, once one of college basketball’s brightest young coaches, whose life ended, as Thompson writes in the story’s opening paragraph: “. . . without shoes in the back seat of a Saigon taxicab.”
This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)
*Subject to change
ESPN received the prestigious Grand Award for Outside the Lines Special Report: The “N” Word, Tuesday when the New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films 2015 Winners were announced at its gala event at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Grand Jury panel awarded 145 Gold World Medals, 155 Silver, 128 Bronze, and 261 Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries, while just three Grand Awards were presented.
ESPN saw 15 entries ranging from event coverage to sports journalism earn Gold World Medals, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final and three for SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program; for Pete’s Challenge; Origins of Species; and A Lasting Image. Outside the Lines Special Report: The “N” Word’s critical examination of issues resulted in four additional Gold Medals. E:60, ESPN’s investigative news magazine earned Gold Medals for Enemy Within;Qatar’s World Cup; Downhill; and Dream On. In addition, Felix Sabates Reportajes Especiales and Jake Olson Fights On College Gameday each received a Gold Medal.
Outside the Lines Special Report: The “N” word – part of ESPN’s Black History Month programming – took the Grand Award. The hour-long show, hosted by Bob Ley, examined the word, its history and featured a live discussion. The program also earned four Gold World Medals.
Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer, Enterprise Reporting Unit, said, “The N Wordspecial was the result of a lot of creative thinking from people across different platforms and on a number of shows at ESPN. Senior coordinating producer Michael Fountain came up with the idea of doing a one-hour show on the topic after the Riley Cooper incident. We’re happy we found ways to advance the dialogue around this important and sensitive subject and were able to deliver a show that revealed how different generations tend to view the word through their own experiences.”