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Jameis Winston reportedly in hot water for pinching crab legs


Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning Florida State quarterback who may be the first overall pick in next year’s NFL draft, was reportedly given a citation for trying to walk out of a grocery store with crab legs that he didn’t pay for.

Florida State sports site Tomahawk Nation first reported that Winston, an extremely talented passer who might have been the first pick in this year’s draft if not for the NFL rule requiring players to be three years out of high school, was cited for shoplifting. (The initial report referred to the matter as an “arrest,” but the site later corrected that report and said it was only a citation.) According to the report, Winston was caught shoplifting crab legs at Publix.

However, details of the incident have been hard to pin down. Although Tomahawk Nation cited an unnamed source within the Tallahassee Police, the department released a statement saying that it has not had any recent contact with Winston at all.

But the Leon County Sheriff’s Department told Tallahassee TV station WTXL that deputies have had recent contact with Winston and that the Sheriff’s Department will have a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss the details.

Law enforcement agencies aren’t ordinarily in the business of holding news conferences to discuss shoplifting citations, but Winston is no ordinary figure: He’s the biggest star in college football, and he’s previously been the subject of a major controversy after he was accused of rape. Prosecutors declined to press charges in that case, and the Tallahassee Police have been sharply criticized for not doing enough to investigate the matter.

This is obviously nowhere near as serious an allegation. It’s just an odd story, and one for which some details still need to be filled in.

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115 Responses to “Jameis Winston reportedly in hot water for pinching crab legs”
  1. kinggator says: Apr 30, 2014 12:35 PM

    Crab Legs > Crabs!

  2. mogogo1 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:37 PM

    What is the record low score on the Wonderlic? We’ve got a contender.

  3. cjjones5656 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:38 PM

    Can’t fix Stupid

  4. ajgreenhof says: Apr 30, 2014 12:38 PM

    “Hey Golden Tate I’ll trade you some of my crab legs for your donuts.”

  5. yaryers says: Apr 30, 2014 12:38 PM

    Must have been a real smash and crab.

  6. guitarfreak21 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:38 PM

    Reality is stranger than fiction.

  7. shayeezy says: Apr 30, 2014 12:39 PM

    doubt he would deliberately try and steal groceries knowing the attention it would gather – more likely that he was doing self-checkout and somehow managed to not ring them up. either way, this is a non-story.

  8. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 30, 2014 12:39 PM

    Can the draft get here already??

  9. kansacity88 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:39 PM

    LMAO! Wow…..let the jokes begin!!!

  10. grndizzle says: Apr 30, 2014 12:39 PM

    Heck of a football player, but not much of a person.

  11. chut26 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:40 PM

    Police are waiting to be paid off before they make an announcement that this report is false. Isn’t that how Florida rolls?

  12. mdobrasz says: Apr 30, 2014 12:43 PM

    Wow, what an incredibly stupid person.

  13. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 30, 2014 12:43 PM

    He’ll make a great Bengal

  14. docsweeney says: Apr 30, 2014 12:43 PM

    Are those crab legs in your pants or are you just enjoying the show?

  15. capspats says: Apr 30, 2014 12:44 PM

    Shoplift crab legs? Seriously dude?

  16. skinsrock says: Apr 30, 2014 12:44 PM

    Stupid people continue to do stupid things… I mean you would think you would be on your best behavior after not being charged with RAPE… This guy seems to have a sense of entitlement about him. Definitely some red flags when he becomes draft eligible.

  17. bengcolt says: Apr 30, 2014 12:44 PM

    ………. really bro

  18. swagger52 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:44 PM

    He should play for Baltimore for a discount

  19. therealbillybuffalo says: Apr 30, 2014 12:45 PM

    Another quality leader in the sports world.

  20. annes22 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:45 PM

    Now he’s shoplifting from Publix. Well I guess he needs to get his life in better order than it is right now. He has quite a few problems, that’s obvious.

  21. beavertonsteve says: Apr 30, 2014 12:46 PM

    Mark Emmert “This has nothing to do with yesterday’s events, but going forward schools will be able to provide unlimited crab legs to student athletes”

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 30, 2014 12:47 PM

    Here’s a bet that he not only won’t be the first overall pick, he won’t even go in the first round.
    Draft speculation gone wild….

  23. gmenmunny says: Apr 30, 2014 12:49 PM

    It’s better to pinch the crab legs than to have the crab legs pinch you.

  24. zoellner25 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    Red Flag!

  25. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    In general, municipal police departments have either patrolman or officers. While county sheriffs departments have deputies. Perhaps one of those entities is trying to run a little interference for Winston.

  26. chargerdillon says: Apr 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    He already got let off for rape, why wouldn’t he feel entitled to do whatever he wants at this point. If you’re successful and you play football in Florida, you are exempt of the rules of society.

    This is the very clear message that came out the last time this same individual faced a serious charge.

  27. psly2124 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    It doesn’t matter if it’s $30 or $3000. It shows lake of character. Taking something that doesn’t belong to you is theft. Call it shoptlifting but it’s stealing. Does he think he’s above the law? Or was it how he was raised. I don’t know. But I would never hire a thief, they cannot be trusted. Someone will draft him then act surprised when another issue comes up such as drug dealing, assaulting women, or any other crime he may commit. Obviously didn’t learn his lesson after the “alleged” rape. I know these are completely different incidents but it all goes back to character. He’s establishing a track record of poor choices. Now if Johnny manziel did this every news agency in the country would be calling him every name in the book, looking to kick him out of school. Time will only tell if Winston would be treated like Johnny football. I doubt it

  28. chris3141084 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    I, for one, am sick of this shellfish behaviour.

  29. kansacity88 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:51 PM


  30. ravenmuscle says: Apr 30, 2014 12:51 PM

    Winston obviously likes to work with “legs” and has learned that shoplifting is a far less serious offense than rape.

  31. simplec72 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:51 PM

    You’ll be paying for those crab legs when you lose a spot, or two in next years draft.

  32. iman62 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:51 PM

    Now that’s mighty shellfish of him.

  33. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    Off the field, this guy makes Johnny Manziel look like Tim Tebow.

  34. olcap says: Apr 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    You see, if you have ANY celebrity about you at all, no matter how insignificant at the time, you don’t get charged with a crime like anyone else would; you get a “citation”.

    How nice.

  35. beerbudsnbevo says: Apr 30, 2014 12:53 PM

    His lawyer immediately pointed to the fact that Donald Sterling is a racist.

  36. jc1958cool says: Apr 30, 2014 12:53 PM

    crabs & hot water go together! turd watch not even drafted

  37. bennyb82 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:53 PM

    Hey now…didn’t the NCAA president say athletes will get unlimited food and snacks? He was just a little ahead of the game.

  38. theclink12 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:53 PM

    Real men steal lobster.

  39. kingokra says: Apr 30, 2014 12:53 PM

    Drunk, stupid and filled up on crab legs is no way to go through life!

  40. bayareacolt says: Apr 30, 2014 12:54 PM

    If only we had some knowledge of his criminal tendencies before….oh wait.

  41. whatjusthapped says: Apr 30, 2014 12:54 PM

    He should have been prosecuted for the rape and that’s the problem, now he thinks he is above the law.

    Next thing you know, he will be the boat captain on a Love Cruise around Lake Minnetonka. Playing for the Vikings is not quite in the NFL but its close.

  42. uncletuna says: Apr 30, 2014 12:55 PM

    Keep enabling…

  43. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Apr 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    what the heck is a “Publix”?

  44. bennyb82 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    He only jacked the crab legs and not butter because that would make it a meal and therefore illegal under NCAA rules.

  45. tavisteelersfan says: Apr 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    Guess he is tired of getting crabs the old fashioned way …

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    I remember the last time I got crabs.

  47. jjackwagon says: Apr 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    Shoring up he resume(criminal record) in hopes the Raiders will draft him 1st overall next year.

  48. shakabraddah777 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    This is minor. If the college football players got compensated a little from the schools, then maybe he wouldn’t have to try and steal crab legs.

    I like crab legs too, but I don’t really like paying for them either. However, I at least have the money in my wallet (not rich), so that I could pay for them if I really wanted them. If I choose to steal them then, then I (as a moral person) am at fault.

    But what if you don’t even have the money in your wallet or bank account in the first place, to buy the crab legs that you love so much? Then what?

    Well, then you suck it up and go get some canned crab or tuna fish. Hahaha, but obviously he thought he could get away with it,…. anyways, I don’t think this is too big a deal. Just kind of funny and for sure he’s gonna get a lot of ribbing for it.

  49. kepdogg23 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    Surprised we didn’t hear about this until Florida State had a shot to defend their title!!

  50. patbocam says: Apr 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    What a piece of work. If true how embarrassing for the school. Idiot!

  51. robkeezy says: Apr 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    Nobody really knows the details of the story yet; it’s still possible that he left them in his cart, and forgot to scan them at self-checkout, or something like that. Makes me wonder if he’s taking cash from boosters, that he really has to “steal” crab legs.

  52. jkulha86 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    Red flags, plus a slow delivery, there is no way I’d take him with the #1 pick. He reminds me of Byron Leftwich, minus the character Byron had.

  53. larryboodry says: Apr 30, 2014 1:00 PM

    How dumb can you be?

  54. dude2424 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:01 PM

    The timing of the arrest is interesting given that the NCAA recently approved unlimited meals for student athletes.

  55. natepalmer1 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    If it wasn’t for college football this dude would be a career criminal.

  56. mdpickles says: Apr 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    Jameis gets what Jameis wants.

  57. Matt dog from C-town says: Apr 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    history has shown, he takes what he wants.

  58. kevjones75 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    Jameis Winston=JaMarcus Russell. Stay clear.

  59. saban1956 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:03 PM


  60. jcjaguar says: Apr 30, 2014 1:06 PM

    More CrimiNole behavior!

    BTW…Publix is the big supermarket chain in the southeast.

  61. i10east says: Apr 30, 2014 1:07 PM

    Publix is a Southeastern regional supermarket that’s based in Lakeland, FL just in case if someone was wondering.

  62. xinellum says: Apr 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    JeMarcus Russell was reincarnated. Besides, I thought football players now got all their food for free with all the unionization discussion going on. I guess someone forgot to tell that to Crabs-R -Us. Seriously, it’s freaking crab legs and he is a Heisman winner. People just are too greedy these days, give the poor, broke, starving football player a couple dollars to buy some crab legs. This is so dumb on so many fronts that I could go on for hours with sarcasm surrounding this.

  63. terumiarai says: Apr 30, 2014 1:10 PM

    Red flags in college amounts to red flags in the pros. Sense of entitlement begins at a young age. Starts as a habit and if not subdued early becomes a personality in later life. Some people just think they are above all else.

  64. swortybounce says: Apr 30, 2014 1:11 PM

    Clearly, the crab legs were giving him mixed signals and he just took it as a yes.

  65. billsfan1 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:12 PM

    so did or didn’t the police dept have recent contact with him? Clearly another cover up… shocking…
    sure he didn’t rape that girl

  66. chargrz says: Apr 30, 2014 1:16 PM

    Obviously the police dept and FSU are just going to sweep this under the rug just like the rape charge.

  67. chargrz says: Apr 30, 2014 1:17 PM

    Nice resume, Heisman trophy winner, National Champion, Rapist and a thief.

  68. dude2424 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:18 PM


  69. richndc says: Apr 30, 2014 1:18 PM

    the media be all like….”oh no he di ‘unh!!” this will be a punchline for this kid for a long, long time. crab legs?

  70. jeffshurtleff says: Apr 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Winston’s shaking head laughing smile is faker than Phil Michelson’s grin?

  71. 1uniquename says: Apr 30, 2014 1:21 PM

    The NFL should have a rule where if you commit stupid offenses in college (such as this) or drug problems etc. that you should not be allowed to be drafted higher than the 3rd round and if multiple offenses than perhaps the 5th or 6th. The order of teams will stay the same, so if the Texans have the 1st pick in the 1st round theyll also have the first pick in the 3rd round if they so choose to take a player with bad character. Hit this kids in the wallet and knock them down a peg by only being a 3rd round draft choice, nobody loses except the idiot making the mistake. Would also make trading for a 3rd round pick MUCH more interesting.

  72. dietrich43 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:23 PM

    He got off when accused of rape, maybe he’ll avoid getting pinched for stealing crab legs.

  73. ravensfaninflorida says: Apr 30, 2014 1:25 PM

    This dude needs suspended. He got off the hook one time but obviously hasn’t learned a lesson. Maybe a suspension will wake him up. Kid has alot of talent but would be a high risk for any NFL team to take him if he doesn’t chnage his ways.

  74. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 30, 2014 1:28 PM

    It’ll turn out that he was partying late and woke up a little crabby..
    Nothing to see here…

  75. willvol1816 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:31 PM

    We judge these kids on talent but forget that they are people just like everyone else. Unlike the pros they don’t make a dime legally and with the demanding schedule for school and practice can’t work a job. So they do stupid stuff for food,clothes,cars and whatever else they want

  76. conormacleod says: Apr 30, 2014 1:33 PM

    More proof these college players need to be paid. They can’t even afford to buy crab legs for gods sakes!!

  77. cowboysfan1986 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    Hope he gets drafted by oakland or the browns when he comes in league

  78. rmiller1959 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    There’s a pattern developing:

    “Winston also was involved in two other minor incidents, but was never arrested or charged in either case. In November 2012, police questioned Winston and other FSU football players after 13 windows were broken at an apartment building near the school’s stadium, after an apparent BB gun fight. In the second incident, in July 2013, a Burger King employee called Tallahassee, Fla., police to complain that Winston was stealing soda” (ESPN).

  79. fubarry says: Apr 30, 2014 1:42 PM

    Dude is dumb as a rock. See Vince Young less the theft.

  80. joy2you2day says: Apr 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    1) How is he going to claw his way out of this one?

    2) Didn’t his mother ever tell him a hard head makes a soft shell?

    3) Not the first time he has handled legs illegally!

    4) He just got confused. Has to remember that you can only do the read option with footballs, not merchandise.

    First time I heard this guy in an interview I said I wouldn’t tough him with a ten foot pole.

  81. joy2you2day says: Apr 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    “More proof these college players need to be paid. They can’t even afford to buy crab legs for gods sakes!!”

    Most college kids in general can’t afford crab legs

  82. peopletrains says: Apr 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    If he got off the hook for rape, stealing some crustaceans should be a non-issue.

  83. anpsteel says: Apr 30, 2014 1:53 PM

    *pinching crab legs.

    I see what you did there.

  84. chris6523 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:56 PM

    I heard someone comment about how this was an indication of the plight of the student athlete. Please. If he were stealing a ham, I could see it. Crab legs? No way.

  85. tarheeltruth says: Apr 30, 2014 2:01 PM

    When you can get away with rape, you probably don’t sweat the shoplifting charges.

  86. cguy7 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:02 PM

    This guy will enter next year’s draft with more red flags than a Spring golf course…

  87. granadafan says: Apr 30, 2014 2:02 PM

    Notice how it took an anonymous source and initial denial from the Talahassee PD for the story to get out? Classic case of the team and the police covering up a scandal for the local football hero. If more players were publically shamed and PROPERLY convicted in courts then maybe they wouldn’t think they can just run to the coaches to fix their problems ala Urban Meyer.

  88. NFLisnotreality says: Apr 30, 2014 2:05 PM

    Sounds like some Tallahassee law enforcement types will be enjoying the view from the 50 yard line this year…

  89. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 30, 2014 2:07 PM

    will someone buy the kid some damn crab legs?

  90. seals1 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:11 PM

    Hey, they don’t investigate rape why would they waste time on shoplifting. Winston, just win and everything will be fine.

  91. ghent32 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    Rape accusation….Police botch investigation in a very curious manner

    shoplifting…..Police don’t arrest him, and then deny any contact with him

    Anyone else had enough of this amateur criminal and the Tallahassee Police covering his tracks???

  92. rcali says: Apr 30, 2014 2:15 PM

    To be fair, have you ever tried the crab legs in the student food court? They are not Heisman worthy I’m sure.

  93. brownsfanincali says: Apr 30, 2014 2:21 PM

    Jameis, it’s time we had a talk … old dude to young dude. Here’s a few words of advice that may help in the future …

    1. Instead of ripping off the grocery store, go to Red Lobster for all-you-can-eat crab legs. Not only will they cook them for you, but there’s also the yummy cheddar biscuits. Then you dine and dash … much better chance of getting away scot-free. I’m pretty sure you can out-run any waitress/manager anywhere, even loaded down with a belly full of crab.

    2. If you absolutely MUST steal from the grocery store, at least choose one with a nice seafood dept., like Albertson’s. Publix ?? Really ??

    3. This really should go without saying, but if you got caught with snow crab legs instead of king crab there’s no hope for you on any level.

  94. anthonyromo says: Apr 30, 2014 2:28 PM

    There needs to be a press conference for this??? You gotta be kidding me !!!

  95. kansacity88 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    I cant wait to see the memes of this one!!

  96. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 30, 2014 2:33 PM

    Crab legs are delicious and way too pricy, can’t fault Winston for this one.

  97. gbditka says: Apr 30, 2014 2:34 PM

    The police have said that there wasn’t probable claws for an arrest so he just got a citation. He’s gotten himself in a pinch again looking for a nice pair of legs. It was definitely a shellfish move – I just hope it doesn’t boil over. I see Jimbo is a tad steamed over this as well!

  98. burgandy2260 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    Perfect example of how you just can’t fix stupid! In a year from now some team is going to pay him millions of dollars to be the next head case mistake!

  99. rykpaalt says: Apr 30, 2014 2:43 PM

    P.S. Waiting for the asterisk by Jaymoe’s Heisman Award.

  100. harveyredman says: Apr 30, 2014 2:48 PM

    Same jokers on here criticizing Jamies better not be the same ones who overlooked Manziel drinking underage multiple times, lying about being too hungover to show up for the Mannings’ camp and violating NCAA regulations by signing autographs for money. Last time I checked they both broke the law.

    If you want to criticize one for bad behavior you can’t just say the other dude is “young”.

    They both lack integrity…. big time.

  101. cguy7 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    Suspended from baseball team cleared for Spring football. Criminoles.

  102. saggysack says: Apr 30, 2014 2:52 PM


  103. jvw23845 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:02 PM

    Maybe he just felt entitled….to the crablegs

  104. keem513 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:12 PM


  105. malab377 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:13 PM

    Seriously… what’s wrong with these guys?

  106. thethunderofgunns says: Apr 30, 2014 3:21 PM

    Yeah, well, he’ll be doing a spot for Red Lobster for their all you can eat crab legs and make millions: ‘All you can eat crab legs for only 14.99? It’s a steal’!

  107. sonopazzo6 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:45 PM

    When I first saw this I thought he was apprehended for torturing crustaceans……sort of a Shellfish Michael Vick………oh well, move along, nothing here to see!

  108. djshnooks says: Apr 30, 2014 3:50 PM

    Quality headline. Lol.

  109. thethunderofgunns says: Apr 30, 2014 3:58 PM

    He should have ran the bootleg on the way out the store instead of going up the middle.

  110. bobnelsonjr says: Apr 30, 2014 4:28 PM

    There are 4 possibilities:

    1) He has not taken his required Ethics 101 course


    2) He failed the Ethics 101 course and will take it again in Summer School.


    3) This is an example of what is taught at FSU in Ethics 101.


    4) Grades, classes, ethics, character, morality, and honor codes mean nothing at Farcical Scholarship University.

  111. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 30, 2014 5:51 PM

    Talk about character red flags. I would think his draft stock for next year is dropping. If he drops enough, wouldn’t shock me to see Jerry Jones pull a “Dez” and draft him. But I can only hope not.

  112. bbtest55 says: May 1, 2014 7:41 AM

    typical special treatment for sports, celebrity people. arrest and a record switched to a citation instead. why can’t most people get this special treatment that can’t afford a lawyer or have a big school and the nfl behind them. who needs a break more. a poor person stealing food, or a heisman trophy winner with a potential millionaire nfl lifestyle……. and people wonder

  113. wnbasuperfan says: May 1, 2014 11:10 AM

    Excellent article title.

  114. raiderfan2195 says: May 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    Black athlete does something wrong, its the biggest deal. White athlete does something wrong he still gets more respect smh.

  115. greggmondo says: May 6, 2014 7:05 PM

    It’s a good thing they didn’t find the collard greens stuffed down his pants.

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