Report: FSU's Jameis Winston stole crab legs

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comApril 30, 2014 

Florida State media day at the Newport Beach Marriott on Saturday morning. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston surrounded by media. Photo by Bill Wilson.

The Heisman-winning Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is now also a cited shoplifter, according to reports.

"He got an adult civil citation," Tallahassee Police told Tomahawk Nation, an arm of sports site SB Nation. "If he completes the sanctions it will never show up on his record. They commonly give them to juveniles on first criminal offenses. They are now doing it for minor misdemeanors for adults to lower crime rate."

The citation was issued by the Leon County sheriff and not Tallahassee PD.

What did Winston allegedly lift? Crab legs and crayfish. From Publix.

According to a news conference held by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Winston left the store at 9 p.m. and was contacted by deputies after midnight. Winston told law enforcement that he had forgotten to pay for the items, reportedly valued at $32.72, and realized his mistake when he got home.

As Tomhawk Nation notes, Winston "has had previous run-ins with the law, but no arrests." He was accused of raping another student in 2013, but the state's attorney declined prosecution due to a lack of evidence.

Winston had previously been reported for stealing soda from a Burger King, when an employee said he allegedly used first ketchup cups then a water cup to take soda, over repeated objections. The restaurant declined to prosecute.

Earlier this month, The New York Times shed new light on the rape allegations brought against Winston: "A Star Player Accused, and A Flawed Investigation" includes among its myriad details an exhaustive timeline of what decisions law enforcement made and when. (Thirteen days: that's how long it took after the accuser identified Winston before police contacted him for an interview.)

Deadspin also reported in April that FSU had questioned Winston soon after he led the team to victory in the national championship game against Auburn.

A source with FSU's athletic program says Winston will be fined ($30) and given community service. He will also be suspended from the baseball team, according to Tomahawk Nation.

Winston is expected to make restitution to Publix.

The school has not officially commented on the citation, though the Internet has.

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