Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2958: Jameis Winston's Suspension - Press Conference - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Jameis Winston, Florida State University quarterback and the 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner is shown in this video during a press conference earlier this week. Winston spoke here when he (and everyone else) thought he was going to be suspended for the first half of the Clemson game. Last night FSU's interim President Garnett Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox signed an email indicating their new decision that Winston was going to be suspended for the full game citing the results of a "continuing investigation" for Winston's behavior this past Tuesday of standing on a table and yelling obscenities. Jimbo Fisher, FSU's head coach signature was not included in this email.

What follows is a partial analysis of Winston's Body Language:

0:11 seconds

Tongue Jut signaling, "I've been bad", "I got caught" or "I've got away with something".

In other nonverbal contexts it can be part of excitement or a self-deprecating cluster (not applicable in this cluster-context).

0:23 seconds

After saying "...I'm not a 'me person' ...", Jameis Winston tilts his head back with his chin forward in a clear nonverbal display of arrogance and defiance. In this moment, Winston's verbal message is highly contradictory to his nonverbal behavior. Whenever these two are in disparity, the nonverbal is always indicative of the true thoughts-emotions.

0:27 seconds

A display of "I regret it, but I disagree".

Another clear signal of insincerity.

0:28 seconds

A shrug indicates, "I don't know", "I don't care" or "What does it matter".


An "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR) tells us that Winston is trying to suppress an emotional crescendo as well as a more overt nonverbal display.

Inward lip rolls may suppress any emotion but they are most often seen with negative ones (e.g. anger, sadness, frustration, etc.)

0:36 seconds

Another Inward Lip Roll

0:39 seconds

Third consecutive ILR

0:40 seconds

Another Shoulder shrug

0:42 seconds

Extended exhale

This is indicates relief after a stressful event and is similar to the "Puffer Fish" nonverbal - yet his cheeks never bulge very much because of his jaw simultaneously jutting forward (signifying a persistent anger component now waning) preventing any significant cheek puffing. 

Taken in toto, Jameis Winston does not believe his recent action of standing on a table and shouting obscenities are proportionate to being suspended from playing football. His apology is insincere.

Winston has been accused of several crimes including rape but he was never charged.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2957: Derek Jeter Gatorade - Made in New York Commercial - A Little Boy's Classic Surprise

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1840:  Brian Banks and The Innocence Project -  Auditory Recall, Contempt, Self-doubt and Syntax

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2947: Governor Rick Perry - Beta Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2308:  Bill Burr on Conan O'Brien -  Body Language of the Abbreviated Shrug

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2863: Gary Oldman's Apology on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - Sincere or Insincere?

Nonverbal Communication Quiz-Analysis No. 2902: How Sincere was Ray Rice's Apology? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2946: Barack Obama's 10 September 2014 ISIS Speech 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2591: Chris Christie on Romney's Campaign Vetting Leak 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2955: Adrian Peterson - a Telling Body Language Cluster