Report: Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston receives citation for shoplifting crab legs

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation and suspended from the school’s baseball team after sheriff’s deputies say he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

Leon County Sheriff’s Maj. Michael Wood said Wednesday that the 20-year-old Winston ordered the food at the deli in a Tallahassee-area Publix on Tuesday night and left the store without paying.

Wood said Publix employees called deputies, who went to Winston’s apartment. Wood said Winston acknowledged not paying for the food, saying he forgot.

A Publix staff member and Winston agreed to a citation rather an arrest. Wood stressed that Winston was not arrested and instead cited, which will require him to complete at least 20 hours of community service. If he does that, no criminal charges will be filed.

– Associated Press

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Winston led Florida State to an undefeated season and national football championship. For the season, he passed for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, completing nearly 67 percent of his throws.

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin suspended Winston indefinitely until he completes the program. Winston is a relief pitcher for the Seminoles. Football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement that he supports Martin’s decision.

Winston was cleared in December of potential sexual assault charges by State Attorney Willie Meggs, who concluded there were too many gaps in the accuser’s story. Meggs said that the woman’s memory was faulty and that there was not enough evidence of a crime to win a conviction.

The woman claimed she was assaulted before Winston became a star. The investigation lagged for months after Tallahassee Police Department officials said they were told the accuser wanted to drop the case, but the woman’s lawyer denied that. The accuser’s lawyers have said the police department botched the investigation because detectives didn’t quickly identify possible witnesses or obtain surveillance tape from the bar where the victim says she was first approached by Florida State football players.

Although it was the most serious accusation, the sexual assault case was not Winston’s only brush with the law in Tallahassee.

In November 2012, police were called to an apartment complex in which 13 windows had been damaged by BB guns. Winston and his roommate at the time said Florida State players were engaged in a series of “battles” with each other, although they denied shooting BB guns themselves. Winston was not charged with any crime.

In another incident, police records show Winston came into a Burger King with three men but did not order food, instead asking for a water cup he repeatedly filled with soda over an employee’s objections. The report says Winston was never interviewed about the incident because the restau

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/30/14 - 01:03 pm
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Daggone Coach Richt!! He

Daggone Coach Richt!! He obviously has NO control over that FSU team! Those boys are running AMOK!!
Seriously, if that were ANY player on the Georgia team, he'd probably be out for something like 4 games!!
Glad to see that this kid has a chance to recover from a knucklehead mistake and have it not appear on his record, IF he does what he's supposed to do.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 04/30/14 - 01:22 pm
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Ban

He should be banned from organized football for life (for conduct detrimental to the sport) and fined a couple of thousand dollars.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/30/14 - 01:52 pm
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Winston

How many run-ins with the law is this now? At least 4 that I know of. Of course, he only been there a year or so.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/30/14 - 02:31 pm
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Yeah, they've got all the food they want--but...

That cafeteria food ain't the food he likes. He likes crab legs, don'cha' know?

edcushman
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edcushman 04/30/14 - 04:01 pm
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Richt would have licked him
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Richt would have licked him off a long time ago. He will most likely wind up in jail. SAD

jimmymac
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jimmymac 04/30/14 - 04:43 pm
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JAMEIS
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This guy has been getting soft glove treatment his whole life because he can play football. Wait until later and his criminal acts will only get worse.

bright idea
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bright idea 04/30/14 - 04:54 pm
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FSU baseball coach

is Mike Martin, not Mike Miller. Fisher lucky that baseball can take care of the punishment before August. Of course other things can happen in 4 months.

ironpurps
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ironpurps 04/30/14 - 04:58 pm
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Judgement

How many passes is this jerk going to get?? The incompetent cops in Florida obstructed the first case, with the DA saying 'we aren't saying he's innocent, just that we can't prove it.' Wow, thanks for trying though. And he has not seen one second of discipline from the FSU football coaching staff. Win and don't worry about character.

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rmwhitley 04/30/14 - 05:56 pm
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Just leave
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the rapist thief alone. he has to maintain free shoes university's image. he passed rape 101 and now will pass free shoes university's course in theft 101. he's a minority and people are just picking on him because he's black and proud.

younameit
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younameit 04/30/14 - 06:11 pm
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Slow motion

Another Heisman Trophy inmate ran a play called "low speed chase" in a white Ford Bronco. This one will inevitably run one called "slow motion life sentence." It's just sad that we have to watch that play unfold.

Pops
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Pops 04/30/14 - 06:21 pm
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You people are forgetting the real

criminal in Florida sports, according to the national media.....Tim Tebow...
the very mention of his name draws laughter and hatred from the pundits on ESPN....the same ones who are going to give this thug a pass on his behavior....."It's a madhouse"......

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/30/14 - 06:24 pm
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He's already got that

He's already got that something for nothing entitlement thinking down doesn't he?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/30/14 - 06:47 pm
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Entitled! I guess he thinks he is entitled to break laws and do

anything he wants since he is a star. He needs to be gone and his prospects for a NFL career should vanish.

This 'boy' and I do mean boy (not racial) has no right to the accolades he has been given and he should be sent home. Don't know about the pros but this guy has no right to stay in school and represent student athletes.

What is it about football? No upbringing, no academic background and no morals I guess.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/30/14 - 07:35 pm
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Wow - my fellow posters

have let me down!

Why even bring up the dismissed charges? Yellow journalism at it's finest!

BB guns and windows? Kids just screwing around - although admittedly somebody's eye could've been shot out.

I'll admit it doesn't look good for the kid, but if everything I did as a teen or early 20'er were to be put out for all to see, I'd probably be exiled to a leper island.

I say give him the benefit of doubt, but if I were his couch, I'd keep a "tight lid" on the dude.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/30/14 - 08:21 pm
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This reminds me of the UGA

This reminds me of the UGA soccer player who was caught stealing $1.06 worth of hash browns at the Tate Center by stuffing them down her pants.
http://bustedcoverage.com/2012/02/27/georgia-soccer-player-carli-shultis...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/14 - 08:30 pm
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Don't Rape The Crab

As long as he didn't try to rape the crab. I hope he squints real well before he does anything.

stuaby
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stuaby 04/30/14 - 08:37 pm
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This guy is going to be a

This guy is going to be a massive bust in the NFL. Watching his gameplay and his off-the-field conduct, I don't see any indication that he has what it takes. He's kind of a lumbering, oversized lummox who's been helped greatly by the people around him on (and off, I guess) the field and less-than-stellar opposition in the defensive backfield over the past year. After his sophomore season, I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up going in the second round, or worse.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 05/01/14 - 08:59 am
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Criminoles are back!

I can finally call them this again.Thanks Jameis!!!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 05/01/14 - 09:16 am
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@ bright idea 4:54

Thanks. I don't know how that happened. I'll get it fixed.

jaymai
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jaymai 05/01/14 - 11:44 am
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Free Seafood U. will probably

Free Seafood U. will probably give him the ultimate punishment: The dreaded one quarter suspension vs. The Citadel.

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