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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Jameis Winston told young girls they should be 'silent' and boys should be 'strong'

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston visited an elementary school in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday. 

Some of his comments during that visit sparked a firestorm after they were perceived as sexist.

At one point, Winston told "All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," the Tampa Bay Times reports. He later said the boys are "strong" while "the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle." 

Winston later said he initially meant to get one boy in particular to pay attention and told all the boys to stand so as not to single him out.

"I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some," Winston later told the Times.

Critics were outraged at Winston's remarks.

And some didn't buy his defense.

But others said critics were overreacting.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Winston faced multiple controversies during his time at Florida State, including an accusation of sexual assault in 2012. He was never charged with a crime, but settled a lawsuit in December, ESPN reports

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