Jameis Winston went to a local elementary school to give a speech to students on Wednesday, but the Buccaneers quarterback is catching serious heat for one part of his message.
Winston, in his speech to the young students at Melrose Elementary, noticed a few students growing bored, and tried to get them engaged. That’s when his “you can do anything you can set your mind to” speech went off the rails.
From the Tampa Bay Times:
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.
“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”
Video of the speech, via the Tampa Bay Times.
Winston attempted to clarify his statements after the speech:
“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention, and I didn’t want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up,” Winston said. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
It may have been an innocent case of poor messaging, but considering Jameis Winston’s past, which featured an allegation of sexual assault while he was at Florida State, it is no surprise that he is getting this type of response.