Jameis Winston, the star quarterback for Florida State University, has been suspended from the FSU baseball team, according to a statement from the baseball coach and athletic department. The suspension comes after news reports claimed Winston was arrested for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix in Leon County. However, new reports show that he was not arrested, and that he was handed a civil citation for leaving the store with merchandise, a violation which will receive no arrest if he completes the terms of the civil diversion, which is most likely community service hours.
Update: 2:15 p.m.
FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation Tuesday night for leaving the Publix on Ocala Road with $32 worth of merchandise.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office said Winston was not arrested and will not face criminal charges if he completes the terms of the civil diversion. FSU baseball coach Mike Martin announced earlier Winston has been suspended from the team.
“This is not a criminal arrest. This is a civil citation program,” said LCSO Maj. Mike Wood.
Wood said an investigation determined the man who left the grocery without paying was Winston. When deputies went to Winston’s apartment, the FSU redshirt sophomore said he forgot to pay. Publix officials and Winston agreed to the civil-citation procedure that will require Winston to complete 20 hours of community service, among other things.
The Florida State University athletics released the following statement, noting that Jameis Winston has been suspended from the baseball team.
“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jam
eis Winston from the baseball team,” said FSU Baseball Coach Mike Martin.
“I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”FSU’s Athletic Department Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy provides that a student-athlete with a civil citation is eligible to practice and compete.
The decision as to whether they are allowed to practice and/or compete rests with the head coach.Football coach Jimbo Fisher stood by Martin’s decision.
“I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will,” said FSU Football Coach Jimbo Fisher.
Reports that Florida State’s star quarterback was arrested on Tuesday are sweeping social media, but hard facts are difficult to come by.
Here’s what we know:A report by Tomahawknation.com, citing unnamed sources, says Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a citation Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket.
The Tallahassee Democrat has made a public records request regarding the incident to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. LCSO officials have told the Democrat to be at their offices at 2 p.m. today.
Whatever the case may be, Winston was not arrested or cited by Tallahassee Police Department. “In response to recent requests: TPD has NOT had any contact with Jameis Winston regarding an alleged recent citation,” the department said on its Twitter account.