But things could have gone better.
“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. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). 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 (are) 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’s comments drew swift criticism after they began circulating online.
Asked about his comments several hours later, Winston tried to explain himself.
“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, according to the Times. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
But some continued to condemn Winston on social media.
“You have to ignore a lot in order to throw Jameis Winston up as a role model for 5th graders,” tweeted ESPN’s Jane McManus.
“At this point, Winston should have the self-awareness to understand how it looks when he tells girls in the room to be polite and silent,” McManus said.
CNN doesn’t normally identify the alleged victims of sexual assault. However, Kinsman revealed her name in a documentary about rape on college campuses.
After Winston won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, he and the Florida State Seminoles went on to win the BCS National Championship in early 2014. The Buccaneers made him the top overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.