Jameis Winston Totally Botched An Inspirational Speech To Elementary School Kids
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston delivered a speech to a Florida elementary school on Wednesday that is being heavily criticized after he proclaimed boys are supposed to be “strong” and girls are supposed to be “silent, polite and gentle.”
Winston attempted to give a group of third, fourth and fifth graders an inspirational message, telling them the “three rules of life”: God, school and the idea that you can do anything you set your mind to, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The speech took a bad turn when he tried to excite the elementary school kids who he noticed were beginning to nod off.
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said. “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,” Winston continued. “You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this,” Winston said, using a deep voice. “One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.”
“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle,” Winston continued. “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!”
The Tampa Bay quarterback quickly came under fire for delivering a sexist message in his speech, whether he meant to or not. Winston was also accused of sexual assault while he was still a student at Florida State, so that only added to his controversial message to the elementary school kids.
“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 of his speech. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.