Winston's DNA linked to accuser

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DNA analysis performed by Florida's Department of Law Enforcement confirmed that DNA given by Heisman Trophy-contending Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston matched the sample taken from clothing of the woman who has accused the player of sexual battery, according to a report by ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach.

Per the DNA analysis report, the state's crime lab determined that the chance of the DNA in the woman's clothing being a match for someone other than the Seminoles' signal-caller was one in 2.2 trillion. Winston's DNA was recently provided to authorities investigating the case.

While the DNA match does not prove that Winston sexually assaulted the woman, it does indicate that his DNA is associated with the accuser, who said she was sexually assaulted last December. So this was not a case of mistaken identity. However, it does not prove forced intercourse, either.

The accuser's family released a statement earlier Wednesday through her attorney that said Tallahassee police previously warned the accuser not to pursue the case because "Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."

Winston talked with the media on Wednesday, but the Florida State athletic department would not allow him to answer questions relating to the investigation. He is expected to start Saturday's game against Idaho.

Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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