Today, CNN reports that Florida State University Seminoles quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was busted for shoplifting. On Tuesday, a Publix grocery employee saw Winston leave the store without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. The store is near the FSU campus. After Leon County Florida authorities had contacted Winston about the incident, he said he had forgotten to pay.
Sheriff’s Major Michael Wood said there wasn’t any mystery to the story since Winston was honest and admitted to the theft. Although authorities didn’t arrest Winston, he received a shoplifting citation. He must also complete at least 20 hours of community service and repay the $32 he owes to Publix as the citation includes restitution.
Winston is a two-sport athlete who plays baseball and football for the university. On Wednesday, the baseball program suspended Winston. The shoplifting charge isn’t Winston’s first meeting with the law. Last year, a woman claimed that Winston had raped her in 2012 after a night of drinking with friends. Florida authorities investigated the claim and found no evidence to support the woman’s claim. Winston denied the allegation and said the sex was consensual.
Jameis Winston became a household name last December after winning the coveted Heisman Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the best college football player of the year. He beat out college stars AJ McCarron, Jordan Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, and Andre Williams. Manziel had won the award in the past year and became the first freshman player to win the award. At 19, not only did Winston become the youngest player to win the Heisman, he is also the second freshman (behind Manziel) player to win the trophy.
On January 6, 2014, Winston led the FSU Seminoles to a national championship as they defeated the Auburn Tigers 34-31. Last season he tossed 40 touchdowns and passed for 4,057 yards. This season, he has also pitched 27 innings and has a 1-2 record to go with his 3.00 ERA. Often, the Heisman is a ticket into the NFL. If Winston can avoid further brushes with the law, he will likely become a starting quarterback on an NFL roster within a few years.