Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault, state attorney Willie Meggs said earlier today at a press conference at his office in Tallahassee.
The Winston investigation has dragged on for nearly a year. The incident -- which occurred on December 7, 2012 -- was allegedly closed back in February, only to reopen in mid-November after a media inquiry pushed it to the State Attorney's Office.
"We've carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone," Meggs said on Tuesday.
The Tallahassee Police Department also released an 86-page report outlining their findings in the investigation.
Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, also gave a press conference in front of the Leon County courthouse after Meggs spoke. In it, Jansen continued to assert Winston's innocence, calling the female an "accuser," but not a victim.
"She's not a victim until a jury decides she is," said Jansen in response to a question about the damage that had been done to his client's reputation.
"I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for standing by me during a difficult time," said Winston via a statement released through Jansen. "I also want to thank the state attorney's office for examining all of the facts and reaching a decision in a conclusive manner.
"It's been difficult to stay silent through this process, but I never lost faith in the truth and in who I am. I'm very relieved I'll be able to continue my education at Florida State and I'm excited I can now get back to helping our team achieve its goals."
Patricia Carroll, the victim's attorney also issued a statement.
"The victim and her family appreciate the state attorney's efforts in attempting to conduct a proper investigation after an inordinate delay by the Tallahassee Police Department," Carroll said in the statement. "The victim in this case had the courage to immediately report her rape to the police and she relied upon them to seek justice. The victim has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye and through social media, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward and reporting."
While Meggs said that this case had been closed and was -- in his eyes -- over, the victim's brother took to Twitter following the announcement with a different take.
"Better be-****ING-lieve this isn't over," he tweeted.
Winston, meanwhile, was at practice on Thursday.
“As you might imagine, I was pleased to hear that the State Attorney’s Office exonerated Jameis in the matter," said head coach Jimbo Fisher in a statement. "I’m not going to answer any questions about the situation, but I would like to point out that our community and our university are blessed to have really good people in place to review matters like this. I know Jameis is pleased he can focus on being a student at a great university and he’s excited about helping our team achieve its goals this year. Right now, we’re all looking forward to what we have in front of us on Saturday.”
Florida State will depart for Charlotte to play Duke in the ACC Championship Game on Thursday night.
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