Florida State quarterback and baseball player Jameis Winston has been suspended after he was issued a civil citation for leaving a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. As ESPN reports on Wednesday, the Heisman Trophy winner will have to complete at least 20 hours of community service for the citation.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night when Winston ordered the seafood at the deli in a Tallahassee, Fla. - area Publix. According to Leon County Sheriff's office Maj. Michael Wood, Winston reportedly left the store without paying for the order. That's when Publix employees put in a call to the deputy's office to report shoplifting. After the call was received, deputies went to Winston's apartment where he was "very cooperative" and claimed he didn't pay for the food because he forgot.
Wood said Winston did not dispute the facts and as a result he was issued the civil citation, a pre-arrest diversion in an effort to keep people out of the criminal justice system. However, if he does not complete the 20 hours of community service, he could face criminal charges. Like Wood said, Winston was very cooperative when deputies entered his apartment. He also realized his mistake and is taking full responsibility. The dual sport star also recognized the incident as an embarrassment to his family, friends, school as well as himself. He addressed the situation in a signed statement.
Part of Winston's statement read, "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. I am grateful to be able to participate in the adult citation program where I will complete community service."
The "unfortunate" incident has also landed Jameis Winston a suspension from Florida State baseball. Coach Mike Martin, who enforced the suspension, said he is confident Winston will complete the community service and "situation will be resolved soon." Football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement that he fully supports "Coach Martin's decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations."