TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended from the university’s baseball team after being issued a citation for stealing crab legs.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Winston was caught shoplifting at a Tallahassee Publix Monday night and was issued a citation.
Major Michael Wood said during a press conference that Winston told authorities that he just forgot to pay the $32 for the crab legs and other seafood items.
“Jameis Winston has not been arrested for any crime. He was issued a civil citation,” Wood said.
Wood added that Winston was very cooperative with authorities.
Winston must complete the pre-diversion program or he will be facing a petty theft charge. He also must complete 20 hours of community service.
“I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon,” FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said in a statement to Baseball America.
FSU coach Mike Martin: “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) April 30, 2014
Football coach Jimbo Fisher says he supports Martin’s decision.
The 20-year-old Winston was investigated last year when a fellow Florida State student reported that he raped her. But prosecutors said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him. The Associated Press reports Winston was among a group of players questioned about their involvement in a BB gun battle and Tallahassee Burger King employees complained Winston was among players stealing soft drinks and making a mess in the store.
Winston’s reported citation comes as the NCAA approved to expand meal allowances for all athletes.
Division I schools are now allowed to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons.
The move came after Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier complained during the Final Four that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he couldn’t afford food.
Schools were previously allowed to provide three meals per day or a stipend for those meals to scholarship athletes. The new rule now allows walk-ons to receive the same allowances and allows schools to provide more meals and snacks, too.
Winston is a relief pitcher for the Seminoles and recently earned his first win of the season.
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