Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was interviewed by ESPN's Tom Rinaldi on the field at the Rose Bowl in the euphoric aftermath of his team's last-minute win over Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game. The unscripted remarks of the jubilant 20-year-old, delivered with a celebration pressing in around him on Monday night, apparently did not meet the approval of Dee Dee Bonner. The mother of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Bonner reportedly sent out a tweet during Winston's interview that appeared to be mocking him.
— Larry Brown (@LBSports) January 7, 2014
Bonner would delete the tweet but it remained visible in screen grabs that continued to circulate as the Florida State celebration continued. After the deleted question garnered the attention of Deadspin, Lost Lettermen and Larry Brown Sports, Bonner apologized to anyone offended. At no point did she name Winston but she never disputed accounts indicating she had been referring to him.
Any1 that knows our family knows we r far from racist. My tweet was not in anyway meant that way. I sincerely apologize if it offended any1
— Dee Dee McCarron (@DeeDeeBonner) January 7, 2014
Unlike Bonner, LeBron James loved hearing Winston. The NBA superstar was among those who found Winston's post-game enthusiasm and apparent compassion for his coaches and teammates inspiring.
UN-Freaking-believable interview by Jameis!! Just shows part of the reason why he's SPECIAL!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 7, 2014
Former Denver Broncos tight end Byron Chamberlain thought Winston sounded like one of the NFL's most noted on-field orators.
Jameis Winston sounding a little like Ray Lewis right now.@raylewis
— byron chamberlain (@bc_chamberlain) January 7, 2014