Jameis Winston Cited
National champion quarterback, reigning Heisman trophy winner, and current Florida State baseball player Jameis Winston has been suspended from the ‘Noles baseball team after being issued a civil citation. Winston was cited for failing to pay for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish from a Florida supermarket.
Winston went to a Publix and ordered $32 worth of food. After he was done eating, he left the store without paying.
When local deputies went to Winston’s apartment, he was reportedly “very cooperative,” and said that he simply forgot to pay.
Authorities said that while Winston cooperated, he had made no effort to return to the store to pay for the food.
Winston had this to say in a statement that comes from an ESPN.com article:
“As reported in the news, last night I received an adult citation for petit theft from a local supermarket,” the statement read. “I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I’m taking full responsibility. In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items.
“I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach. 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. 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. I am grateful to be able to participate in the adult citation program where I will complete community service.”
The adult citation program requires Winston to complete at least 20 hours of community service in order to avoid criminal charges.
Winston can still practice and compete because FSU’s athletic code of conduct says that athletes with civil citations are eligible to play. It is up to head coach Mike Martin to decide if/when he will.
I’m not sure what to make of this. I don’t know if Winston actually forgot, but it’s certainly plausible. But we can all agree that an athlete of Winston’s nature needs to be a little more responsible.