Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and his girlfriend Breion Allen were baptized while at a spiritual retreat for NFL players in Colorado on Thursday, it emerged today.
The pair, who have been dating since September 2013 can be seen in an amateur video taking the plunge — literally — while watched by dozens of spectators at The Pro Atheletes Outreach (PAO) camp, TMZ revealed.
The 22-year-old, who signed a four-year contract with the Buccaneers worth $25,351,277, was accused of rape in a civil suit back in 2014, but faced no criminal prosecution.
The video shows Winston, bare-chested, and Allen, wearing a T-shirt, standing in a huge pool alongside two men. At the edges of the pool are at least 25 spectators.
Winston and Allen are lowered into the water to the cheers and applause of the viewing crowds.
The video was posted on Allen’s Instagram account this afternoon, with the message ‘Last night I accepted Christ into my life for the first time. So thankful for this #PAO experience for helping me grow closer in my faith and to be around people trying to do the same.’
It’s a positive and uplifting moment in the life of a young man who has been heading steadily upwards in the world of football for the past few years.
Winston won the Heisman Trophy for outstanding college football player in 2013 and was first pick of the NFL draft last year.
But his rise has been haunted by allegations that he sexually assaulted fellow Florida State University student Erica Kinsman in December of 2012.
State Attorney Willie Meggs announced in December 2013, one year after Kinsman went to police, that she would not go ahead with a prosecution, citing ‘major issues’ with the testimony.
‘As prosecutors, we only bring charges for cases where the evidence will result in a likely conviction at trial,’ she told the media in a news conference. ‘In this case, the evidence does not show that.’