Settlement discussed in Winston case, no agreement

Fisher said the decision to limit Winston’s media availability “helps him focus on the things that are important right now, which are school, keep making good decisions in life and being a great football player and a great teammate.”

In other words to keep his mouth shut until Fisher gives permission to speak?

David Cornwell, an attorney who advises the Winston family, said in a Sept. 23 letter to Florida State obtained by The Associated Press that the woman’s former lawyer Patricia Carroll demanded $7 million in February to settle her claim against Winston, the university and the Tallahassee Police Department.

The statement released by Kerr said Cornwell “leaked to TMZ a self-serving letter” that he had sent to Florida State, adding that the letter was “full of dishonest and distorted statements at a time when Mr. Winston is suffering from the negative attention of his own continuing misconduct of last week.”

The school is currently investigating Winston for a possible code of conduct violation involving the alleged sexual assault in December 2012.

The Department of Education is investigating the university on how it handles sexual assault complaints after Winston’s accuser filed a complaint.

Winston has committed several off-field transgressions.

“How many of my followers non-sports children would be given so many chances before, at least being kicked out o school, if not in jail?”

Most recently he was suspended for the Clemson game last week for making “offensive and vulgar” comments about female anatomy on campus.

Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced the decision after criticism that the original half-game suspension for Winston’s latest embarrassing off-field incident was too light.

While playing for the Florida State baseball team, he was suspended for three games and completed 20 hours of community service after acknowledging he stole $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April.

Before the football season, he said he had matured, learned what it takes to be a leader and understood that he needed to be more careful in his personal life.

Fisher announced Tuesday that Winston would no longer be made available to the media except for after games.

The quarterback previously held media sessions on Wednesdays since he was named the starter before the 2013 season.

Fisher said the decision to limit Winston’s media availability “helps him focus on the things that are important right now, which are school, keep making good decisions in life and being a great football player and a great teammate.”

“How many of my followers non-sports children would be given so many chances before, at least being kicked out o school, if not in jail?”

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