On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston was visiting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade boys and girls at Melrose Elementary school in St. Petersburg, FL. giving them a speech to the students.
During his 40-minute speech, Jameis Winston did give some positive words to the kids, but at one point, he saw some bored students and that’s when he had the boys stand up.
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston told the kids. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this,” Winston said in an animated deep voice. “One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.”
That was his motivational part of his speech because after he said that ended it with saying, “But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men [are] supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: ‘I can do anything I put my mind to.’ Scream it!”
Winston told the kids that there are three rules to life- God, School and “I can do anything I put my mind to.”
It was after he told the boys to sit down when he said, “I had to wake y’all up”… because some boys had their cheeks resting on their fist that showed boredom.
Bonnie Vollard is a speech language pathologist teacher at Melrose elementary school and she was present forWinston’s assembly with the children. Bonnie said, “In the beginning, [Winston’s speech] was so good because he was talking about, ‘You can do it!’ and really giving our students a positive message.”
Except for when he said ladies are supposed to be silent. Bonnie said, “One of the girls turned around and looked at me and said, ‘I’m strong too.'”
He later said, “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that my have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
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