FSU fans react after state attorney announces QB Jameis Winston will not be charged

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida- All attention was on the big screens for Thursday's late lunchtime announcement on the fate of FSU's star quarterback Jameis Winston. 

It was a decision Florida State fans especially were paying close attention to.

"Just because they've gone so long, to be honest, with being mediocre," said a very relieved Matt Cicco after the announcement was made. "It's been a long time since they've gotten to this point, and to have it derailed with something... they've been waiting for a long time."

Most enjoying their lunch Thursday afternoon admit without first reading through the state attorney's report it's too soon to have an opinion on quarterback Jameis Winston's guilt or innocence on the alleged rape charge. At this point, many however, seem satisfied the justice system worked.

"The people that are really running things get it," said another longtime football fan. "They realize this day in age they take these things seriously. And if anything I think they probably went overboard on this case."

"They've got a lot of eyes on them so if they don't do their job I think we will hear about it."

But others say we may never know what really happened and worry this case could have a chilling effect on others.

"It's a very touchy situation, said Florida Gator's fan Earline Mason. "You have to respect the fact that something happened. What happened we just don't know."

"I would hope this type of decision would not cause women in similar situations to not move forward," said Patricia Ortiz who had not been following the case but watched Thursday announcement with interest.

The attorney for the alleged victim released a written statement on behalf of her client after Thursday's announcement.

"The victim and her family appreciate the State Attorney's efforts in attempting to conduct a proper investigation after an inordinate delay by the Tallahassee Police Department," said Bay area attorney Patricia Carroll. "The victim in this case had the courage to immediately report her rape to the police and she relied upon them to seek justice. The victim has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye and through social media, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward and reporting."

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