Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston (pictured) was reportedly busted Tuesday night for allegedly shoplifting crab legs and crawfish worth $32.72 from a Tallahassee, Fla., supermarket. The Florida State University (FSU) quarterback was not arrested but given a civil citation, according to the New York Daily News.
The 20-year-old, who has a national championship under his belt as well as the much-coveted and prestigious Heisman that he received last year as a redshirt freshman, was not only suspended from his FSU football team but will have to pay a fine for his oversight and perform community service. According to law enforcement, as long as Winston complies with what was handed down to him for the alleged incident, there will be no criminal charges filed.
The young gridiron player, who is also a baseball outfielder and relief pitcher for the school’s Seminoles,
was also suspended from this team.
Winston claims he forgot to pay for the seafood and only remembered he had not done so when he arrived home. Supermarket officials summoned sheriff’s deputies to the highly recognized young man’s residence. Reportedly, the matter could have been settled if Winston would have returned to the store upon realizing his oversight or just called to try to settle the matter, according to Chris Weinke, 41, who received a Heisman at the ripe old age of 28 and now coaches high school football.
“My hope that it was just an honest mistake and he got caught up and just forgot,” Weinke told USA Today. “You have to understand whatever decision or move you make is going to be scrutinized very closely.”
In November of 2012, Winston and a friend were implicated in a BB gun incident, where 13 windows were damaged, and in another incident, where he was accused of stealing soda from a Burger King. No charges we’re filed for either incident. Last year, the school’s golden boy was investigated for alleged felony sexual assault charges when a woman claimed Winston used “physical force” as well to commit the crime. According to the police report, the motive for the alleged crime was “sexual gratification.” The alleged victim says drinking was involved before the incident.
Winston, whose latest brush with the law has spawned social media and sports analyst’s ridicule, released a signed statement via his attorney at a press conference, stating that he is taking full responsibility for the “unfortunate” incident. The young man whose moral compass is now under scrutiny went on to describe his latest legal problem as a “moment of youthful ignorance” and that his conduct “needs to be above reproach.”