Courier – Journal - I looked outside at the beautiful fall afternoon on Wednesday and decided to go for a run. I was on River Road, maybe 100 yards past the Big Four pedestrian bridge on the downtown side, when a parks employee driving a golf cart screeched to a halt next to me.
“Do you like football?” he asked.
I told him that I did like football.
“Florida State is practicing in the park over there. Go heckle them.”
He didn’t know that I was a journalist, and clearly I wasn’t going to heckle them, but I was going to take a look. So I kept jogging until I came to the large, flat field near Joe’s Crab Shack. And there was Florida State, going through a walkthrough practice to prepare for Thursday night’s game against Louisville.
There was quarterback Jameis Winston. There was coach Jimbo Fisher. And there were Florida State staff members, sort of guarding the perimeter so they wouldn’t be disturbed. A security guard asked me to step off the edge of the grass and onto the sidewalk, and I did.
Then I took out my phone to take a picture, and two FSU staff members started freaking out.
“No pictures!” ”Put that away!”
I calmly told them that this was a public park, and that anyone can take pictures at a public park. They told me they had reserved the field. I said that I wasn’t trying to use the field they had reserved. I was just taking a picture of it. They told me to talk to the police, and then pointed me toward a Waterfront Park staff member, who was clearly not a policeman. I explained my situation to him, and he understood. He just asked that I stay back from the practice, and that was reasonable.
Kind of have to think Jimbo did this on purpose right? Like fuck everybody, they want to make their snide little jokes on their dumb little blogs, lets troll the shit out of them and have practice next to a literal crab shack. Everybody likes self-deprecating humor.
PS – Holding practice in a public park then telling people they aren’t allowed to take pictures. Leave it to FSU to have no concept about how the law works.