Jameis Winston spoke to a group of third, fourth, and fifth graders Wednesday for about 40 min., giving a pretty decent speech about how you can do anything you put your mind to.
Then, things took a turn for the worst...
When Winston noticed some buys dozing off during the speech, he told all the strong men to stand up, while he left the young girls sitting down. He proceeded to say that women are supposed to be silent and gentle.
"All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," Winston said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "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."
After some much-deserved backlash, the NFL athlete has stated that what he said during his speech was nothing but a "poor word choice".
"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 newspaper. "During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some," Winston clarified.
'For some'.... OK...
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