Jameis Winston, the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spoke to a classroom of fifth graders at St. Petersburg's Melrose Elementary School in Florida last week and made some comments that were released to the public that made the former Florida State Seminoles star the center of controversy. Winston has since acknowledged that he used a "poor choice of words" and asked for forgiveness.

The Jameis Winston controversy

Jameis Winston was talking to the fifth graders about confidence and then he signaled out all the boys in the class. He asked the boys to stand up and he told them that they were all strong.

He said there were some who were not supposed to be soft-spoken and someday they will have a deep voice and be strong.

However, his next comments are what bothers most people. While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback said boys need to be strong and can do anything they put their minds to, ladies are "supposed to be silent, polite, gentle."

Jamis Winston's past problems with females

The fact that Jameis Winston called all the boys in the class strong and then said that girls should be silent seemed to send a poor message to young girls in the class who want to strive for more than being a silent, gentle type of adult.

When Winston went to Florida State, he faced allegations of sexual assault in 2012 of a female student.

No charges were filed but he settled out of court against the alleged victim. The school also had to pay $950,000 as part of a settlement for the Winston sexual assault allegations.

Jameis Winston and his 'apology'

The fact of the matter is that Jameis Winston just said that he used a "poor word choice," which is not much of an apology.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did say that Winston "owned it" when they talked to him about what he said to the fifth grade elementary class. The Bucs also said that Jameis has been a model teammate and exceeds expectations as the face of the Tampa Bay franchise. While the Buccaneers say it is time to move on and Winston admits to a poor word choice, it is something he will want to be careful of in the future, especially when talking to impressionable young children.

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