Jameis Winston, Florida State Involved in Bench-Clearing Brawl vs. Florida

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 26, 2014


Benches cleared during Tuesday night's college baseball game between Florida and Florida State in Jacksonville and the biggest star on the diamond found himself in the middle of the brawl. 

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston must have felt like he was back on the gridiron in late November when he found himself right in the heart of a massive scrum.

The brawl started in the eighth inning when Florida State left fielder DJ Stewart hit a dribbler down the first-base line and decided to use the hit stick on Gators reliever Danny Young, who was collecting the ball while in the base path. 

Young's teammate, first baseman Zack Powers, took offense to the hit and got in Stewart's face, and that's when things escalated quickly

Here's a look at the bench-clearing scuffle:

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Rumors began to circulate on Twitter that Winston had thrown a punch or been punched himself. However, while it seems that he was certainly in the middle of the ruckus, it doesn't appear that anyone throws any blows. Looks like plenty of pushing, but no punches. 

The Florida Times-Union tweeted a picture of a cop separating Winston and other participants in the brawl:

That wasn't even the end of the extracurricular activity. Another altercation sprung up later in the inning, per Warchant.com's Twitter feed:

In all, four players were ejected. Winston wasn't one of them.

Florida ended up getting the last laugh, beating the No. 1-ranked Seminoles 4-1, to take the season series. Seminoles.com's staff provided a postgame statement from FSU head coach Mike Martin:

The story was the outstanding pitching that Florida and Florida State showed. Pete Miller pitched very well. It is amazing when you play a game and a team as good as Florida a couple of mistakes can put you behind the eight ball and we made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of it.

As for Winston, Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline.com offers some advice:

The 6'4", 230-pound quarterback is no slouch on the diamond. The Seminoles closer currently sports a 0.69 ERA with four saves and 13 strikeouts through 13.0 innings. But there's little question that his future is as an NFL quarterback, and while this was a mostly harmless altercation, there are just too many things that could go wrong. It would be smart for him to play it safe and avoid anything like this in the future. 

Perhaps a better solution is waiting until Nov. 29 to seek revenge. 


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