Winston Cited for Shoplifting Crab Legs

Florida State quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner was cited on Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix.

Just when it seemed the Jameis Winston off-field circus was over, the redshirt sophomore two-sport athlete has found himself in the news again. As initially reported by Tomahawk Nation, Jameis Winston was cited on Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix.

A citation is not the same as an arrest, but Winston will be required to complete sanctions—likely involving some form of restitution plus a penalty.

This is Winston's fourth run-in with the law since arriving in Tallahassee, most notably a highly publicized investigation for alleged sexual assault for which he was ultimately not charged.

Other incidents have included questioning from Tallahassee Police about his involvement in a long-running airsoft battle among FSU football players that had led to broken windows and ultimately required the players to pay for damages and a complaint from Burger King that Winston was stealing soda.

The latter seems most germane to the present citation, as it seems to suggest a pattern of lawless behavior involving food or drink when Winston is hungry or thirsty.

None of these incidents has resulted in an arrest, however, and it seems highly unlikely that Winston would have intentionally decided to shoplift in this case. According to reports, Winston typically buys crab at Winn-Dixie, where payment is made at the seafood counter, and simply forgot to pay on his way out of Publix.

Either way, NCAA-approved unlimited meals can't come soon enough for Florida State, though it is unclear whether the team cafeteria will include enough upscale seafood to suit Winston's taste for crab.


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