Jameis Winston made some incredibly awkward comments regarding 'ladies' to school children
Give credit to Jameis Winston for doing his part and reaching out to kids. He took his own time to talk to some Tampa-area school children recently and did his best to uplift and motivate the young students of Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg. That’s certainly commendable. However, how he did it made from some cringeworthy news.
After asking all the young men to stand among the group, here’s what Winston had to say to the group — This dialogue isn’t taken out of context, as you can see for yourself via a video posted by the Tampa Bay Times.
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said to the students. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this. One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.
“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”
Winston commenting that ladies are supposed to be silent is something he later regretted saying, according to Pro Football Talk. According to Darin Gantt, Winston released this statement when asked for comment.
“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention, and I didn’t want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up,” Winston said. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
Hopefully, in the future, Winston will use his words more carefully when addressing those he intends to motivate – especially young people that likely look up to him as a role model.