Jameis Winston's attorney said the FSU star quarterback was happy but never doubted he would be cleared following a sexual assault investigation.
Tim Jansen, who represents Winston, said he spoke with the quarterback immediately after state attorney Willie Meggs announced today Winston would not face charges.
"He was very happy,” Jansen said. “I can tell you he gave me a hug. It was nice. It was not relief ... I knew it just took time for the truth to come out."
Jansen said Winston had an exam at 1 p.m. and then went to football practice. Winston did not attend the press conference, although Jansen said he would distribute a statement from Winston and the quarterback may address the media later today before the Seminoles fly to Charlotte, N.C., for the ACC Championship Game.
Jansen reiterated two witnesses backed Winston's assertion that the sexual encounter with the woman was consensual. He said he was pleased the state attorney's office came to the same conclusion.
When Jansen was asked why the woman never wavered from her assertion during the past month she was assaulted by Winston, Jansen responded, “I think sometimes you have regret, sometimes you have embarrassment and sometimes you don’t want to come forward with what really happened."
Jansen said the toxicology tests taken within a few hours hours after the woman reported the assault showed she was not intoxicated and there were no drugs in her system, which he said weighed heavily in Winston's favor.
The attorney reiterated he thought the case was closed in February and later got notice it was re-opened in November. Jansen said he still does not know why the case was re-opened after the extended delay, but he was pleased with the way the state attorney reviewed the case and ultimately opted not to pursue charges.
Jansen said he hopes the investigation does not taint Winston's public image and the case is closed for good.
"I hope it's closed," he said. "... You can't stop people from believing what they want to believe."