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Jameis Winston cited, suspended from Florida State baseball team

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Jameis Winston, Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, has been suspended from the school’s baseball team after he was cited for shoplifting.

The Florida State University athletics department released a statement from Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin on Wednesday, suggesting that Winston will be reinstated to the team after he fulfills his obligations resulting from the citation.

“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jameis Winston from the baseball team,” Martin said. “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said he agrees with the decision to suspend Winston from the baseball team.

“I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will,” Fisher said.

Major Michael Wood of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said at a press conference on Wednesday that Winston was seen leaving a Publix grocery store on Tuesday evening with crab legs that he hadn’t paid for.

“He left with the seafood and did not come back,” Wood said. “The facts are not in dispute, he left without paying.”

Winston is talented enough that he could be the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. (For that matter, he could be the first overall pick this year, if not for the NFL rule requiring players to wait until they’re out of high school for three years before they can play professionally.) But NFL teams may be wary of Winston’s off-field issues. Last year Winston was accused of rape by another Florida State student, although prosecutors did not press charges. Tallahassee Police have come under criticism for failing to thoroughly investigate that matter. Winston was also questioned by police in November of 2012 for an alleged BB gun battle with teammates, and a Burger King employee called police on Winston in July of 2013, saying he had stolen soda.

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  1. pghkid724 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:24 PM

    Good guy ! Steeler material !

  2. dietrich43 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:25 PM

    I’m sure that everything will be resolved in time for football season. Jimbo Fisher might as well have added, “I’m happy he’s suspended. I worried he’d be injured playing that other sport.”

  3. Remember Brian Brohm says: Apr 30, 2014 2:26 PM

    Johnny Football is starting to look a little bit better now, isn’t he?

  4. joeytorontosucks says: Apr 30, 2014 2:27 PM

    How to throw away millions without first receiving it. – By Jameis Winston

  5. urbusted2 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:27 PM

    This won’t help his career aspirations.

  6. connorchew says: Apr 30, 2014 2:28 PM

    just a young punk. no real character concerns. not justifying what he did, but I know that my friends and I did some dumb stuff and got away with it at this age.

  7. wawa33 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:28 PM

    Oscar Wilde- “Irony is wasted on the stupid.”

  8. kingokra says: Apr 30, 2014 2:28 PM

    “There’s no crabbing in baseball!” – Tom Hanks

  9. nite2al says: Apr 30, 2014 2:29 PM

    Obviously, he’s not used to paying for his own food.

  10. T.J. Haugo says: Apr 30, 2014 2:29 PM

    Pay NCAA athletes

  11. hobiecat1 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:30 PM

    More time to concentrate on football..

    Come on man..you got to balance your booster budget better…make it last for the entire month.

  12. pillowporkers says: Apr 30, 2014 2:31 PM

    Winston would be the 1st overall pick this year? That’s kind of like Teddy Bridgewater would’ve been the 1st overall pick last year. Just wait until they rip Jameis apart, too. It’ll happen.

  13. wtfchiefs says: Apr 30, 2014 2:31 PM

    Seems pretty tame. Although he has a somewhat worthy rap sheet, he better work on performing more major criminal activity if he really wants to be NFL material.

  14. thepftpoet says: Apr 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    Jameis Winston = Vince Young 2.0

  15. haydenpryor says: Apr 30, 2014 2:33 PM

    This probably moves him up on the Vikings’ draft board next season

  16. scw37 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:33 PM

    I think we’ve all been guilty of stealing a crab leg or two…

  17. raiderufan says: Apr 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    This is the reason they should not get into the league earlier than allowed and the reason the NBA needs at least a 2 year rule. They’re kids, leaving home for the first time and they’ll be dumb. Why? Because they’re kids!

    Half these kids that get scholly’s go half way across the state or in most cases a few states away from the support systems they’ve always known….that’s a big adjustment. Most have never traveled the country in any capacity compared to the way they will in college sports and certainly not in the way they would in the pros.

    The change in life style from playing for your home town high school to college is massive…you want to let them into a system that dwarfs college as far as time commitment and travel and make them their own business by handing them a cool couple million on the way out the door from High School graduation? Come on.

  18. bucfandango says: Apr 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    Meanwhile, Jimbo Fisher threw away more crablegs after his dinner than Winston stole. However his dog salvaged the Tbone from the trash.

    #dudewashungrydoe

  19. joeblowsintoronto says: Apr 30, 2014 2:40 PM

    I hope he can play for my team in the CFL. I’m tired of Hockey and the Maple Leafs.

  20. harveyredman says: Apr 30, 2014 2:41 PM

    All those criticizing Jameis, better not be the same ones who offered Manziel multiple free passes for being “young”, when he got got caught drinking underage (multiple times) and produced fake id, got so wasted he slept in on a camp (and then lied about it), and signed autographs for money (clear NCAA violation) and then lied about it.

    Neither one of these dudes has displayed a lick of integrity off the field.

    But hey, just boys being boys, right? lol

  21. dadsource says: Apr 30, 2014 2:41 PM

    This proves only one thing- this guy has been CAUGHT 4 times already with serious character concerns, just think of how many times he DIDN’T get caught. Sounds like a big time criminal-in-the-making. Wouldn’t touch this guy in the NFL and he should be suspended from football right the heck now forever.

    A white owner can’t make a racist statement in a private setting without losing his team and position, but Shameless Winston rapes, lies, shoots BB guns in public, and is a know multiple-offense thief- and is welcome to return to play football…..smh….

  22. bart15np says: Apr 30, 2014 2:43 PM

    Oh the stupitidity. Hey, there’s a boatload of money waiting for you if you don’t do stupid sh . Don’t get it.

  23. Andre's Johnson says: Apr 30, 2014 2:45 PM

    Should be suspended for the first FSU football game.

  24. grumpyoleman says: Apr 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    “Pay NCAA athletes”

    Go to the cafeteria like the majority of the students have to when they are hungry. If you are off campus learn how to make Raman noodles.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2014 2:47 PM

    Same kind of stuff that sent Cam Newton plunging down the draft board.

  26. jdbaker01 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:49 PM

    The cops seem to be the toughest opponent FSU has played all year.

  27. chris1cat says: Apr 30, 2014 2:50 PM

    THIEF! Coming to fleece your NFL city real soon.
    I’ll never buy crab the same way again, each time I go through the checkout now the cashier is going to ask me “What’s so darn funny son?”

  28. steeltuff says: Apr 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    Entitled.

  29. kingmj4891 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:52 PM

    Sound like the perfect role model for our society to have. NOT. This clown should be kick off his teams and have to make it on his own. Give someone who is more deserving his spot. What is really wrong is some team is gonna pay millions to this fool who will probably end up being more like Jamarcus Russell then Peyton Manning.

  30. kingmj4891 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:52 PM

    PS I hope he ends up in prison where he belongs.

  31. milkcan44 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    Jameis obviously likes legs – girl’s, sea creatures, other.
    A dozen more offenses and he’s Pete Carroll material.

  32. footballcrazyguy says: Apr 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    The comments about “every kid does this” must mean that this site is popular in juvenile detention facilities. Shoplifting is NOT A right of passage for young adults. Drinking a little too much (and throwing up on your girlfriend’s Dad) is cool but theft is not in that category. Give me a break, folks.

  33. quagmate says: Apr 30, 2014 2:56 PM

    Better headline – Winston tries to pinch some crabs.

  34. cguy7 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:58 PM

    Suspended from baseball team – simultaneously reinstated for Spring football… harveyredman – huge difference between rape and theft and underage drinking and signing autographs for money. Must be a Criminole grad or simply uneducated on misdemeanors and felonies? Or simply uneducated.

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 30, 2014 2:59 PM

    FSU talking all around the real issue which is why they have this clown to begin with. “citation”, “obligation”, “community service”. “He left without paying” ….

    They avoid using the term stealing but call it for what it is. If Sterling is a racist then Winston is a thief. He took stuff without paying for it. That’s stealing and people do get arrested for that right?

  36. ttommytom says: Apr 30, 2014 3:01 PM

    I played big time college baseball in the state of Florida. Seen this behavior on a daily basis.

    It’s called ‘chew and screw’ . We almost lost some top draft picks one year but the debt was hush hush paid and life goes on.

    I was an honest person and refused to do it. On more than one occasion I paid my part and walked out with my head up.

    The thievery in college sports goes way beyond using your ‘BoltAmericard’.

  37. tanstewie says: Apr 30, 2014 3:02 PM

    Is that a king crab leg in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

  38. habsfanatic says: Apr 30, 2014 3:03 PM

    It’s a bit annoying to read things like he could be the top pick this year if not for the eligibility rules. Professional athletes have to be more than athletic, they have to be “professional” and clearly this kid has some learning and maturing to do.

  39. tanstewie says: Apr 30, 2014 3:05 PM

    All I pictured was that scene in animal house when they’re stealing meat from the grocery stuffing it inside the pledge’s clothes lol

  40. sandy102270 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:08 PM

    Let this be a lesson kids…watching Deadliest Catch will lead you to a life of crime.

    No one ever gets arrested for eating Ramen noodles.

  41. fordmandalay says: Apr 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    And he seemed like such a nice young man too, who would guess he’d cause trouble…

  42. bobbyhoying says: Apr 30, 2014 3:13 PM

    Poor guy was just practicing being above the law. Who would want to see a famous football player suffer consequences for theft? Really?

  43. ninerboi says: Apr 30, 2014 3:15 PM

    Ball 4. Guess he’s having a crabby day….

  44. ninerboi says: Apr 30, 2014 3:16 PM

    I’ve seen Spongebob Squarepants do this 1,000 times.

  45. tim1978tampa says: Apr 30, 2014 3:16 PM

    quagmate has the headline of the month.

  46. silverdeer says: Apr 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    I’m sorry, I grew up poor, but yet I knew right from wrong. The laws/rules are the laws/rules. You may not agree with them, but you have to follow them or pay the consequences. Whether it is theft or making money signing autographs, if you cross the line you pay for it.

  47. buckyhamm says: Apr 30, 2014 3:19 PM

    Shoplifting ?!?! Phew, I thought he raped another girl !

    This will pass no problem.

  48. jjackwagon says: Apr 30, 2014 3:20 PM

    NFL team with the highest number of arrests in the last 12 months…49ers.
    Winston must have his eye on playing in Santa Clara.

  49. 3yardsndust says: Apr 30, 2014 3:21 PM

    Free Seafood University!

  50. wabbitslayer says: Apr 30, 2014 3:22 PM

    Jimbo Fisher should quit his day job and become a full time comedian….he agrees with the decision to suspend Winston from the BASEBALL team.

    LMAO!!!

  51. obamareallysucks says: Apr 30, 2014 3:25 PM

    Predisposed to crime

  52. dcapettini says: Apr 30, 2014 3:26 PM

    They let him off for raping a girl but stealing seafood; he just went too far. Bet it is all smoothed over by football season though. It isn’t as if he didn’t want to sit with Black people or anything heinous like that.

  53. beelicker says: Apr 30, 2014 3:28 PM

    Google the characteristic traits of pathological narcissism … jus’ sayin’

    & this guy is not just some ‘normal stupid college kid doing stupid college kid stuff’ … this is a hardened self-important, entitled, no-regard-for-consequences, lacking in conscience veteran of the judicial system now who has numerous high-powered lawyers serving as his de facto ‘academic’ advisors

  54. motsuret06 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:33 PM

    This guy should have signed with the state pen or is it Penn State. Send him to the Raiders….they will know how to use him…if he can stay out of trouble.

  55. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 30, 2014 3:33 PM

    I’ve actually accidentally done this before more than once.

    Drove too far away from the store and said screw it.

  56. nicofthenorthstar says: Apr 30, 2014 3:35 PM

    Rape and shoplifting. Sounds like this scrub feels entitled to take whatever he wants. Punk will be nothing but headaches for whatever pro team he ends up with.

  57. ronaldmexico7 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:45 PM

    According to the Tallahassee District Attorney the crabs legs made a statement saying that the shoplifting was consensual.

  58. raymondtx says: Apr 30, 2014 3:50 PM

    Jimbo Fisher to basball coach, “Hey, thanks for putting all the pressure on me now to suspend him from the football team!”

  59. dshane71 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    I think the real crime here is, he forgot the Old Bay Seasoning. Can’t have crab without Old Bay.

  60. gohawks7 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:52 PM

    LOL….what was the over/under on the number of days before this clown got arrested for something?? SMH….

  61. farmmbig says: Apr 30, 2014 4:00 PM

    Those are some expensive crab legs— I imagine they’ll end-up costing him over $250,000.

  62. simplec72 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    Usually the lobster is the one doing the pinching. Just saying…

  63. fwippel says: Apr 30, 2014 4:22 PM

    Someone needs to pull this young man aside and have a “come to Jesus” meeting with him. He’s got a future with seemingly unlimited potential.

    However, if he continues making decisions like this, he’s going to find out the hard way how quickly that future could get thrown away.

    I hope he wises up fast.

  64. annes22 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:29 PM

    Didn’t his parents teach him, you don’t walk out of Publix without paying for an item?? What a complete idiot, and this isn’t the first time he’s been in trouble. He’s treading a dangerous path with his behavior. Just paving the way for a “wonderful” NFL career to “nowhere”.
    Grow up.

  65. kinggator says: Apr 30, 2014 4:30 PM

    Just another shellfish QB

  66. igeorgiaboy says: Apr 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    Peter Warrick is not impressed

  67. willjasper says: Apr 30, 2014 4:33 PM

    Nice that they have the student athletes practicing and playing on one meal a day. Classy move FSU!

  68. Chris says: Apr 30, 2014 4:41 PM

    Steal Home.

    Not Crabs.

  69. chargrz says: Apr 30, 2014 4:42 PM

    A crab leg here a rape there. Does it really matter? After all he can play football.

  70. metrocritical says: Apr 30, 2014 5:37 PM

    Best part of this story? An officer known as Major Wood.

  71. jvillenole says: Apr 30, 2014 6:17 PM

    He will be the #1 draft pick in 2015 if he decides to leave early.

    He is going to have to carry the load, as FSU will have major youth at WR this year.

  72. 1rockyracoon says: Apr 30, 2014 6:26 PM

    You tell me there was no one around to cover this up for this model citizen? There is immaturity due to being young and then there is just plain stupidity. He’s one year away from bring drafted number 1 and he couldn’t resist stealing from a food store. He must want one of the Harbaugh brothers to draft him.

  73. Ferdinand says: Apr 30, 2014 6:29 PM

    Has the baseball coach been fired yet? You know you are not allowed to discipline a star athlete in the SEC in particular, right?

  74. punksinplay says: Apr 30, 2014 6:37 PM

    Some resume this guy is writing for himself. Jerk.

  75. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 30, 2014 6:49 PM

    Long arm don’t care.

  76. lscratchingthesurface says: Apr 30, 2014 7:46 PM

    I can’t and everyone else can’t be sure the charge warranted. A good friend of mine was shopping once and elected to leave the store w/o buying anything and yet the store manager tried to accuse her of stealing anyway.If you think every allegation is valid you are wrong.

  77. lscratchingthesurface says: Apr 30, 2014 7:47 PM

    Jameis is a good QB. I’d love to have a chance to draft him next spring!!!

  78. telke24 says: Apr 30, 2014 8:14 PM

    I took Raimen Noodles in college, not crab legs

  79. clayton43 says: Apr 30, 2014 8:36 PM

    Why isnt he suspended for football as well for a few games.

  80. Blackpool says: Apr 30, 2014 9:09 PM

    This guy is a real professional.

  81. beelicker says: May 1, 2014 1:16 AM

    Jameis: What do you mean the FSU baseball players don’t get nearly as much for ‘free’ as the football players?

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