A Heisman Trophy winner and NCAA champion, quarterback Jameis Winston had crabs. Now, because of that, he may be in some hot water.
Florida State football and baseball star Jameis Winston was suspended from the baseball team on Wednesday, after he was issued a civil citation for petty theft. The citation stems from an incident Tuesday night at a Tallahassee, Fla. Publix, during which the 20-year-old Winston ordered $32.72 worth of crab legs and left the store without paying for them.
As a result, police questioned Winston at his residence, at which time he said that he “forgot” to pay. Now, he will face a fine and community service. If he completes his sanctions, the citation will be expunged from his public record.
“Over the last year I've learned that my accomplishments on the fields can be a wonderful thing for my school, teammates, friends and family,” said Winston in a statement released through is attorney. “At the same time, I must realize that my mistakes are magnified and can bring great embarrassment to all those who support me every day.
"I make no excuses for my actions and will learn and grow from this unfortunate situation. I hope and pray my friends and family will view me as the 20 year old young man that I am, and support me through this unfortunate situation”
As a result of his actions, Winston was suspended from the Florida State baseball team. Prior to his punishment, the preseason All-American was serving as the team's closer. In 16 appearances this season, Winston is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
"I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon," said FSU baseball coach Mike Martin.
Winston qualified for the Leon County Sheriff’s civil citation program because he is a first-time offender. Despite the fact that he has never been convicted of any crime, he has been implicated in several.
Winston was cleared this past December of possible sexual assault charges due to the prosecutor’s lack of faith that he have enough evidence to prove the case. Police were also called to his apartment in 2012, when he was implicated (but never charged) in a BB gun fight. Police were also dispatched to a Burger King, when Winston got a water cup and repeatedly filled it with soda. Again, charges were never filed, as the restaurant declined to pursue legal action.