Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was suspended from the Seminoles’ baseball team on Wednesday after reports he allegedly was cited for shoplifting crab legs.
Reports began appearing online in Florida State blogs that Winston had been cited, but not arrested, by Tallahassee police on Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket.
Winston plays on both Florida State's football and baseball teams.
Winston commented on the incident in a statement released by his lawyer on Wednesday afternoon, where he said he forgot to pay before walking out of the store.
"As reported in the news, last night I received an adult civil citation for petty theft from a local supermarket. I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner 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," Winston said in the statement.
A police source told Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation that Winston’s record would be cleared if he completes community service.
"I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon," said Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin in a statement.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement: "I fully support Coach Martin's decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will."
Winston was investigated in 2013, but not charged, for an alleged rape that occurred in Dec. 2012.
Winston led Florida State to a BCS National Championship in the 2013 season.
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