Florida State Seminoles head football coach Jimbo Fisher is reportedly laying down the internal law to keep his players out of trouble by banning them from bars.
Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat reported on the strict disciplinary measure Saturday, which comes in response to multiple arrests and controversy surrounding the university's football program.
Freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson was dismissed from the team July 6 after video surfaced (Warning: Footage is graphic) of him punching a young woman in a bar on June 24. Per Cassandra Vinograd and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC News, Johnson was allegedly provoked by "racial epithets," according to his lawyer.
Running back Dalvin Cook turned himself in on a misdemeanor battery charge Friday after allegedly punching a woman multiple times outside of a bar just one day before Johnson's incident, per the Democrat's Safid Deen and Karl Etters.
Florida State President John Thatcher released a statement in response to the legal issues Seminoles football players have encountered of late, an excerpt of which is below, courtesy of Henry:
As I have previously said, I have no tolerance for the type of behavior alleged in these cases. We expect all of our students, especially our student-athletes who represent this university in the public spotlight, to adhere to the highest standards.
I have asked Coach Fisher and Athletics Director Stan Wilcox to develop a plan to help our student-athletes understand the consequences of these kinds of actions. This will include Coach Fisher meeting immediately with his team to reiterate, in no uncertain terms, our expectations of them. I also plan to meet with the team, and we will be asking professionals who deal with these matters, including State Attorney Willie Meggs, to speak with them.
The article also included a statement from Fisher. The final line of it was a vow to "do better," and Fisher said he wouldn't accept anything short of that.
In swift response to the university president's request, Fisher has taken a big step toward ensuring his other players don't put themselves in compromising situations. The policy may be viewed as extreme to those who stay in line away from the gridiron, but recent events suggest such actions are necessary.
These incidents involving Johnson and Cook and prior quarterback Jameis Winston's multiple off-field issues leave the Seminoles with work to do to shore up the negative reputation they've gained.