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Jameis Winston's attorney says Winston was not told to attend hearing

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CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts in the second half against the Boston College Eagles in the second half at Alumni Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Florida State QB Jameis Winston was not in attendance at a disciplinary hearing for two of his teammates on Tuesday.

Instead, Winston's lawyer said he was with the Florida State baseball team for the ACC Tournament and had not heard from the university to testify in the hearing for Ronald Darby and Chris Casher.

Casher and Darby face charges that they violated the Florida State code of conduct when Winston had sex with a woman who accused him of sexual assault on the night of Dec. 7, 2012.

From ESPN:

Jansen also said that Winston likely would have been required to testify if called upon by the school, and that he has no reason to believe there would be any more issues that would prolong Winston's involvement in the school's investigation, either as a witness or suspect.

On Monday, an attorney for the woman said that he expected Winston to testify at the hearing and that the Heisman winner had been named as a witness. After the hearing concluded, attorney John Clune released a statement (via USA Today).

"As reported, a hearing was held at Florida State today for the two students charged in connection with the investigation of Mr. Winston. Out of respect for the confidentiality of the school's process, we will not comment on what transpired in the hearing room. We do confirm that our client was present as were the two charged students. Although we were told by the school that Mr. Winston would be called as a witness, he did not show for the hearing and no further explanation was given. Under the student code of conduct, the school has 10 days to reach a decision."

On the night of the incident, both players were around and witnessed the act and said it was consensual, which Winston has also maintained. After state prosecutors received the case in November 2013, Winston was not charged due to a lack of evidence.

Florida State launched its own investigation into the case in January 2014, reportedly charging both Casher and Darby with five counts of violating the code of conduct. Winston was not charged with anything. After attorneys for the woman said Winston was interviewed in the investigation and she wasn't, the woman filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for a Title IX investigation. That investigation is currently ongoing.

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