Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Baseball Player Jamies Winston Faces Ban For Shoplifting

Jameis Winston has been suspended from the FSU baseball team after he was cited Tuesday night for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix grocery store, the school announced Wednesday.

Leon County Sheriff's Office representatives said during a press conference they were dispatched to a Publix grocery store after a person left without paying for $32 worth of crab legs. The food may have also included crawfish. The person was identified as Winston. A deputy went to Winston's residence and reported Winston was cooperative, confirming he left Publix without paying for the food.

The sheriff's representatives reported Winston said he "forgot to pay." Publix and Winston agreed to a citation rather an arrest. Sheriff's office representatives stressed Winston was not arrested and instead cited, calling it a "pre-arrest diversion."

Winston will likely have to serve 20 hours of community service and pay restitution.
FSU baseball coach Mike Martin announced Winston was suspended from the team.

“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jameis Winston from the baseball team,” Martin said in a statement released by FSU Wednesday.  “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”
FSU’s code of conduct doesn’t require suspension following a civil citation, leaving the decision up to the head coach.

 “I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will,” FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a school statement.

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