Jameis Winston Issued Civil Citation for Shoplifting, Issues Statement

Tallahassee, FL---Florida State star quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston is all over the news after being issued a citing for shoplifting Tuesday.

A Leon County Sheriff's report states Winston went into a Tallahassee Publix, gathered up $32.70 worth of crab legs and crawfish, and walked out without paying.

The store called the sheriff's office, who sent a deputy to Winston's apartment. Jameis admitted he walked out of the store and "forgot to pay".

At the deputy's discretion, Winston was issued a "civil citation", meaning he will need to complete 20 hours of community service in order to end up with no criminal record as result of the situation.

FSU's Athletic Department Code of Conduct states a student-athlete with a civil citation is eligible to practice and compete. The decision as to punishment lies with the head coach.

Seminoles baseball coach Mike Martin wasted little time after the citation, indefinitely suspending Winston, who's a relief pitcher for Martin's squad.

Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher announced Wednesday he supports that baseball suspension, but has said nothing so far about punitive action against Jameis relative to his status with the football team.

Winston released a statement Wednesday, seen above, highlighted by him saying "In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying....I hope and pray my friends and family will view me as the 20 year old that I am and will support me through this unfortunate situation."


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