Cop once drew gun on QB Winston
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police said.
Officer Anthony Gioannetti responded to a call and found the pair near a campus bike path with a long-barreled pistol. He drew his gun, pointed it at the players and shouted several times for them to get on the ground, police said.
One of the players dropped the gun and Gioannetti kept his weapon drawn until another officer handcuffed the players. The officers then determined the pistol was a pellet gun.
“They said they were shooting at squirrels along the bike trail,” Gioannetti wrote in his report. The gun was confiscated and the players were released with no charges, the report said.
The November 2012 incident was reported by USA Today on Wednesday. Contacted after the report, Winston said, “Sorry sir, I’m not talking about that.”
When contacted by The Associated Press to comment, Casher originally hung up. But he called back and wanted to know why this was being reported now. He then used obscenities as he criticized USA Today for running the report.
Earlier this year, Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff’s deputies said he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.
And last year, he was investigated for allegations that he had raped a woman in December 2012. A prosecutor declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence and gaps in the accuser’s story.
Registration open for Saints Kickoff Run
The New Orleans Saints and Easy Day Sports announced Wednesday that online registration for the Saints Kickoff Run presented by Chevron is now open at Saints5k.com.
The 5K (3.1-mile) race is set for Sept. 6, the day before the Saints’ season opener at the Atlanta Falcons. The course begins in Champions Square and ends with fans running through the Saints team tunnel onto the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, sprinting to a finish on the 50-yard line.
There will also be an NFL ‘PLAY 60’ Fun Run (half-mile) for Kids. Proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
LSU men’s tennis team adds transfer
The LSU men’s tennis program signed Jordan Daigle, a sophomore from Lafayette, who spent his freshman year at the University of Virginia, coach Jeff Brown announced Wednesday.
“Jordan was one of the top freshman in the nation last year, reaching No. 43 in singles,” Brown said. “He will contribute immediately in the top part of our singles and doubles lineups. Jordan has high aspirations both athletically and academically, and we are eager to help him achieve these goals in his home state.”
Daigle will join the team in August.
Cajuns post high academic marks
LAFAYETTE — After helping their teams produce high marks on the field that culminated in five conference championships, Louisiana-Lafayette student-athletes turned in a stellar performance in the classroom.
After posting a cumulative record 2.970 gpa in the fall, Cajuns student-athletes came back and posted a 2.993 gpa in the spring, marking eight straight semesters of earning a 2.8 gpa or higher.
Eleven of the Cajuns 16 athletic programs posted a team GPA of 3.0 or above during the spring 2013 semester.
The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s tennis team posted a team GPA of 3.491 in the spring semester – the highest mark of all varsity sports. Three teams – women’s cross country (3.383), baseball (3.331) and football (2.849) – earned their highest recorded GPA in school history during the spring semester.
MONROE, La. – After earning All-Southland Conference honors the past two seasons, Candyce Carter joins the ULM softball staff as Assistant Coach, head coach Corey Lyon announced. The appointment is pending approval by the University of Louisiana system’s Board of Supervisors.
Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.