Florida State University benches quarterback Jameis Winston half a game

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:56 PM

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University benched Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston on Wednesday for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after reports he shouted obscenities in the student union plaza.

Winston jumped atop a table in the student union courtyard on Tuesday and shouted an obscene phrase that was promptly circulated on social media by several students.

"As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," the university said on Wednesday. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

(Reporting by Bill Cotterell; Editing by Bill Trott)