Charlie Ward is one of Jameis Winston’s mentors, and he’s hoping Winston can be a mentor is his own right.
Ward says he’ll invite Winston back next summer to speak at his annual football camp for youth in the first through eighth grades. Winston spoke at this summers’ camp, and Ward sees no reason he shouldn’t continue.
“I’m one of his mentors. He’s like my son. … We don’t give up on our kids in life because we want them to be successful. … I think he’s committed to learn through his consequences.”
Ward talked to Winston several times after Winston yelled vulgar comments about women on the FSU campus. Winston was suspended for the Clemson game and has been barred from most press conferences (the university says that’s so he can focus on academics). Ward believes his fellow Heisman winner has learned his lesson.
“Winston is ashamed of what he did and what he said and knows that it was not the wisest thing to do, and he paid for it.”
Ward is one the FSU’s most decorated athletes. He’s a Heisman winner who led the Seminoles to their first-ever national championship in 1993, played for the FSU basketball team, and played for three teams during his NBA career.