Chris Graham: The tweeting lawyer and Jameis Winston

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ESPN’s Heather Cox asked Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston about the sexual assault investigation that threatened to derail his Heisman Trophy candidacy and his future as a free man following FSU’s 45-7 win over Duke in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday.

Cox said she was given the green light to talk with Winston after the game and to ask questions about the investigation by FSU’s sports media relations department.

That fact seems to have escaped Winston’s lawyer, Tim Jansen, who took to Twitter to demand an apology from Cox.


Cox did not apologize. She did defend her questioning, also on Twitter.

Until I heard about this, I was actually in Winston’s corner with respect to the investigation, but I have a very different opinion now after seeing his lawyer go on the attack.

It’s not hard to see the star and his attorney pushing their weight around to get an investigation quashed now when you see the attorney having a tantrum on Twitter over what was hardly a difficult line of questioning from a sideline reporter after a football game.

To say that Winston would have been better off if his lawyer had kept his mouth shut, or in this case, his thumbs in his pockets, is to understate things quite a bit.

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