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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff’s deputies said he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

The 20-year-old Florida State quarterback said he forgot to pay for the food. The offense was relatively minor but drew attention both because of his stature and because it was his latest brush with the law. Winston had been the subject of a much more serious, monthslong investigation into allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman in December 2013. A prosecutor declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence and gaps in the accuser’s story.

Leon County Sheriff’s Maj. Michael Wood said Wednesday that Publix employees called deputies, who went to Winston’s apartment about three hours later. Winston was cooperative and told the deputies he forgot to pay for the food, but he did not contact the store or return there to pay for the items, Wood said.

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“The facts are not in dispute,” Wood said. “He left without paying.”

Winston issued a statement through his lawyer saying he had intended to pay, “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.”

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, a relief pitcher, indefinitely until he completes community service. Football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement that he supports Martin’s decision.

Although Winston was cleared in the sexual assault case, the university is facing a federal investigation into how it handled the woman’s accusations.

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.

Winston also has had two other run-ins with police, though he was not charged in either case.

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.

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 restaurant declined to prosecute.


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15 thoughts on “Heisman Winner Jameis Winston Accused of Stealing Crab Legs

  1. Chandler on said:

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, we must pray for our children, like I’ve said before, ” it takes a village to raise a kid” and I’m one of those people of the village. I hate to hear such sad new such as this, but it happened and just maybe, Mr. Winston feels he is above the law, but in due time he’ll get some sense and see, he’s just a black man who’s talents are valuable to the football program, and once he’s done, he done…….

  2. Damn! The man said he walked out & forgot to pay; give him the benefit of doubt! He’s never been there before; why now? And, you know he didn’t come from a rich family, there would be a record in Bessemer Alabama if he was a thief!!!!

  3. pac4me on said:

    The really sad thing here is that this young man had opportunities not afforded many young black men and to so boldly to think that he is above reproach is sad indeed. I’m like “christen”, this was youthful arrogance to the maximum degree and he definitely is not struggling with any mental illness unless stupidity is a form of sickness. He should be held accountable for his actions just like any other thief and if it ruins his professional career – what a painful, monetary lesson for him to learn but’s it’s early enough in his life for him to recover

  4. on said:

    That’s right Mary. It is not only “Black” people doing crazy shit, it’s everybody, black, white, brown, yellow, whatever. What is wrong with this fool? “youthful ignorance”? you better man up. Childrenlook up to these fools and they think, oh that’s cool. But one day that :youthful ignorance” is going to land this fool in jail/prison. His mama, grandmama, auntie, somebody needs to go upside his head. He should pay triple the cost and do some community service, shut his dumbass down for awhile…..#sickofthisfoolishness #onedayheisgonnareapwhathesowed

  5. Joy on said:

    I don’t know but I’m thinking he probably wasn’t raised with his father in his home to teach him morals, values, responsibility, and respect. Yes women can raise kids alone….. BUT IT’S NOT IDEAL. Being young is no excuse. He reportedly already has a couple of other red marks on his life. He should be banded from baseball, and football (including not being allowed in the NFL draft) for at least 2 years. Let that marinate in his brain, and he will realize that there are consequences for our actions.

  6. There is nothing minor about this at all, stealing is a very serious crime, and it makes me wonder, what else did this guy steal, and he just managed to get away with it. I can’t believe, that this guy is stupid enough to risk throwing his entire career away over $32 crab legs. In his statement, he called his actions, youthful ignorance, no this is youthful arrogance, he thinks because of who he is, he can get away with anything. He is taking all of this a one big joke, and pushing the envelope, just to see how much he can get away with, but sooner, or later, his luck is going to run out, he knows, he’s a public figure, what makes him think, he can walk into a grocery store, and get food without paying for it, this idiot better wake up, and realize, that his crimes are going to be his down fall. He need to stop embarrassing himself, his family, his friends, and his school. If this man, is struggling with some sort of mental illness, he need to get help immediately, before, he end up dead, or in prison for life.

    • IanRousseault on said:

      Yes well said Cristren! What in the HELL is wrong with these young black boys today??? I say boys, because these THUGS are not Men at all!!!! I am soooooo tired of hearing about the Chris Brown’s, the Columbus Short’s, and now this Creep. Young black and brown males had better get their Lives together and FAST!!! The World will devour and destroy them without blinking. Stop all of this nonsense and stop embarrassing yourselves, stop making a fool of yourselves!!!! The World does not give a DAMN abut your unfortunate background of not having proper parents and all!!!! They’re just waiting to see you destroy yourselves! Have some self respect!!!!.

      • IanRousseault on said:

        Don’t give me this S___ about Justin Bieber, this article is not about young Caucasian males, who no matter what they do , have a safety net in the world!!!! We are talking about young, dumb, thugged out black and brown boys who don’t have that safety net. And they don’t seem to understand that the World will NEVER view their criminal behavior the same as a Caucasian counterpart!!! So don’t give me your juvenile response about JB not being black, I’m talking about males of color who don’t realize what’s happening with their lives. And truly irresponsible people such as yourself who are utterly incapable of realizing the same!

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