A Florida State University football player who allegedly left the scene of a car crash in which he was a driver received traffic tickets for what normally would qualify as a crime, the New York Times reported. A public police database did not contain any record that the player, starting cornerback P. J. Williams, was involved in the crash.
The report is the latest scandal to draw attention to preferential treatment of the school’s athletes by local authorities. The Tallahassee police failed to conduct a thorough investigation of quarterback and Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston after he was accused of rape last year. That story prompted outrage and accusations of bias by local officials.