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.
Lol, Jameis Winston is such trash, part 1,000. "Girls should be silent" isn't "misspeaking", dude.— Robert Zeglinski (@RobertZeglinski) February 23, 2017
And some didn't buy his defense.
But others said critics were overreacting.
Jameis Winston literally didn't do anything wrong. Just misspoke— 🍒Joe L. Kinsley🍒 (@imjoekin) February 23, 2017
I'll get crushed, but as a woman, I don't have a prob w/ Jameis Winston. He was trying to do something positive in community. Misspoke— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 23, 2017
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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