Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is back in the headlines again. This time, it’s for shoplifting. The Heisman Trophy winner was cited on Tuesday night for taking $32.72 of groceries, which included crab legs and crawfish, from a Florida store without paying.
Source: The Starting Five
Winston left the Publix grocery store in Tallahassee shortly before 9:00 p.m. When the police arrived at his home after midnight to interview Winston, he said he “forgot” to pay.
“He was very cooperative and he seemed fairly honest in that he did not pay for the item,” Leon County Director of Law Enforcement Michael Wood said on Wednesday.
Winston wasn’t arrested, but he was issued an adult civil citation.
In a statement released through his attorney, Tim Jansen, Winston responded to the incident by saying, “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.
“I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach. Over the last year I’ve learned that my accomplishments on the fields can be a wonderful thing for my school, teammates, friends, and family. At the same time, I must realize that my mistakes are magnified and can bring great embarrassment to all those who support me every day.”