Jameis Winston, baseball player and Heisman trophy winner for Florida State who was acquitted of rape in a deeply flawed investigation, has been suspended by the FSU baseball team for shoplifting $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. He ordered and received the seafood at a Publix on Tuesday night and left without paying.
Publix employees reportedly called the cops, who went to Winston’s apartment where he admitted to not paying, saying he forgot to, reports ESPN. Winston said, ‘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.”
He will receive 20 hours community service for the petty theft and has been temporarily suspended from the baseball team. The coach will be able to determine when he feels the suspension can be lifted.
The FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said, “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.” Football coach Jimbo Fisher echoed the sentiment, saying, “I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will.”
According to the local Publix ad, the crab legs were on sale, so at least Winston was trying to be frugal.