Denver Post Editor Salutes FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher Amid Jameis Winston Controversy

Florida State University and its head coach, Jimbo Fisher, have been criticized in many quarters for overlooking off-the-field misdeeds by its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, in a bid to win another national championship. But over the weekend, when FSU bested Notre Dame in one of the most watched college football games of the year, Fisher received support from an unusual source: Denver Post editor Greg Moore. Details below.

See also: Adrian Dater, Denver Post Hockey Writer, Suspended After Tweeting "P*ssy"

No one questions Winston's gridiron talent. But he's gotten into loads o' trouble over a span of years, with few or no repercussions from the university where he balls. Even his extremely sympathetic Wiki page makes note of a December 2012 sexual assault complaint, his reported decision to bring a BB gun onto campus to shoot squirrels that same year, a citation for shoplifting crab legs earlier this year, negative fallout from him shouting "Fuck her right in the pussy" while standing on a table at the FSU student union last month and, most recently, his insistence that he took no money for autographing more than 2,000 items.

This last claim strains credulity, but Fisher has energetically defended Winston, saying he's seen no evidence that the quarterback got paid -- something that would violate current, albeit stupid, NCAA policy and would almost certainly lead to Winston's suspension.

Georgia sat its star running back, Todd Gurley, for allegedly autographing for cash despite the possibility of the team being hurt as a result. In contrast, FSU and Fisher have dug in their heels. But apparently wins like the one over Notre Dame this weekend trump other considerations.

As for the Post's Moore, he is an energetic Twitter presence, but most of his tweets are non-controversial. His most recent one reads:

That's why it was surprising when, on Saturday, he shared the following:

This morning, we reached out to Moore via e-mail to get more information about why he feels Fisher is worthy of such praise.

After first tweaking us for "policing tweets," Moore replied, "I simply meant I hope Winston is telling his coach the truth about the autographs because Fisher is laying it on the line for him."

That's one way of looking at it....

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts