Florida State University (FSU) quarterback Jameis Winston led his team to a 45-7 win over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday night.
While Winston had a great game, his post-game interview with ESPN reporter Heather Cox was also memorable (video below).
First, Cox asked Winston how the recent rape investigation had affected FSU's team and what he (Winston) had learned from the controversy.
He was willing to answer those questions, but when Cox asked the Heisman Trophy favorite why he refused to talk to the Florida state attorney during the investigation, he quickly walked away, notes SportsGrid.com.
Winston's lawyer Tim Jansen later blasted Cox on Twitter and demanded an apology:
Heather Cox was classless and unprofessional after the game. Trying to ambush a 19 year after the game with a flury of inappropriate ques.
@heatherespn your actions after the game w my client were inappropriate and unprofessional. Ur actions were deliberate.
@heatherespn when u realize ur actions were improper u can make amends. Please write me a note to Jameis and his family to apologize.
Coz has not apologized, but defended her questions, which are protected under the First Amendment.
“I certainly knew if we talked to him I needed to ask questions about the investigation,” Cox told Sports Illustrated. “I had thought through the way I wanted to handle it and presented the questions to our team. We all decided it was the correct way to handle it. It was not an issue of me going rogue and deciding last-minute that I would ambush him."
“[FSU] were fully aware that I was going to ask about the investigation,” added Cox. “I was never once asked not to ask about the investigation and if I had been asked not to ask those questions, I would have declined to do the interview because I would not have been able to do my job."
"I think a lot of people out there think I ambushed him and went against Coach Fisher and the Florida State PR group, and that is not at all the case," said Cox. "They were fully aware of my intent to ask questions about the investigation.”