Jameis Winston’s suspension ends (there was one?)

AP

Last week, Florida State took a firm stand with Jameis Winston, suspending him indefinitely from the team’s baseball team after being caught shoplifting crab legs . . . or are you just happy to see me?  (Yes, I’ve used that one a couple of times.  Because I remain as cool as the other side of the pillow.)

Technically, the suspension was indefinite.  And it now has definitely ended.

As explained by our brethren-ish at CFT, the suspension lasted four days.  It hinged on Winston finishing the 20 hours of community service tied to his guilty plea to a citation for the shoplifting incident.  He’s not expected to face discipline from the football team.

So while Winston still can’t be paid by Florida State, no NCAA rule prevents the school from merely tapping him on the wrist with a pinky finger, especially since the school can take solace in the distinction-without-a-difference that he wasn’t arrested but merely given the equivalent of a parking ticket for what nevertheless was stealing.

And that’s why the NFL team that envisions profiting dramatically from Winston’s performances will likewise find a way to look the other way about this incident, if/when Winston matures beyond doing things for which he can be cited or arrested or merely accused.

54 responses to “Jameis Winston’s suspension ends (there was one?)

  1. “It hinged on Winston finishing the 20 hours of community service tied to his guilty plea to a citation for the shoplifting incident”

    Well then I see no fault with this. Anyways you’d think that he’d make smarter decisions after the whole rape thing. Even if the female did have inconsistencies in her story and changed it more than once (which is the real reason the charges for the slow people on here) I’d still lay low from getting in any kind of trouble for at least five years unless I purposely got in trouble for giggles.

  2. I was out all day when Jameis was arrested. The headline on the rumor mill made me do a double take when I got in that evening.

  3. “Just happy to see me” – did he really shove them in his pants? $32 is a lot of crab legs. How could he shove a bundle of that size in his pants?

  4. This is why the NBA players were willing to boycott if the Donald Sterling suspension was labed as “indefinite” because of situations just like this.

  5. 20 hours of community service

    What community service do you complete in 4 days or less while supposedly doing all the other things a two sport athlete / college student / soon to be pro does? I know people will say that’s only 5 hours a day but why no mention of the service provided in any story I’ve read? What a joke. It pays to be a stud athlete.

    From his attorney of course;
    The YMCA was one of multiple organizations Winston worked with over the last few days.

    “He jumped right into it,” said Tim Jansen, who is Winston’s attorney. “He wanted to get it out of the way and he wanted to get back to the team. It’s not easy getting 20 hours done in such a short time.”

  6. My question is: how did he complete 20 hours of community service during finals week? Does Jameis even have to take final exams? Just curious?

  7. FSU is going to make sure he gets away with enough crimes he’s committing as long as they can continue to cash in on him.

    And as soon as the crime list gets too big they’ll cut him off and let him go while washing their hands of everything they covered up.

    When it comes to the state of Florida, does the justice system ever not benefit the person with the most money on the line?

  8. I thought the NCAA approved free food for student athletes. Winston just didn’t realize that meant from the school cafeteria.

  9. “If he was a walk on bench rider he would have been kicked off the team. This win at all cost mentality is an example of how wrong this country has gone.”

    Wrong, it would have been the same punishment with the difference being you would never have heard about it. He isn’t the first kid to shoplift and certainly won’t be the last. Don’t get me wrong, it’s complete idiocy on his part, but it’s not that out of the ordinary for college kids…

  10. No accountability by anyone anymore. No wonder this type individual continues on his trail with more and more problems. He gets away with it and no one seems to care. Now does anyone shake their heads with the Penn State fiscal . All these sports talk shows pick and choose who to go after, this guy Winston is about the best excuse for them to be all over this story and his trophy should be removed from him. But no we blame it on his poor oh so sad up bringing. It truly makes you sick and tired of the sports world.

  11. Every star player should be encouraged to be a two sport athlete. The second sport being any team sport where he can just ride the bench.
    Then if he gets in trouble in the off season of his “real sport” he can be suspended from the “secondary one.”
    A QB who didn’t play baseball would have been disciplined by the football program. I doubt $32 of crab legs would have amounted to any missed playing time. But think of all the football players who are held out of the first game of the season for some infraction committed in April.

    This baseball suspension I expect is meaningless to Winston.

  12. If I stole crab legs I’d go to jail, then get 100 hours of community service.

    But I pay for the crab legs, and pay the police to enable guys like this to walk free with a mere slap on the wrist. And I’d bet this guy put less than 2 hours in for “community service”.

  13. Winston needs to get former coach Bowden to weigh in with one of his “aw shucks it’s just boys being boys” comments. In the past that always kept the press from looking into the substance of any allegations against his young scholars.

  14. If he was stealing peanut butter and bologna I’d feel sorry for him and blame the NCAA. But anyone who shoplifts crab legs clearly just has an entitlement problem.

  15. The NCAA, Free Shoes University and their amoral enablers in local law enforcement are shameless.

    Stealing $32 worth of crab legs = 4 day suspension from a second-tier sport followed by a relative handful of people

    Aggravated sexual assault = starting in the championship game

    So glad we have such great educators and student-athletes.

  16. This kid knows what the deal is. Since he knows they’ll let him skate on some sexual assault charges then some stolen crab legs are nothing. This moron isn’t done with his run-ins with the law. He’ll be in trouble again. Guarenteed.

  17. What an idiot. Looks like FSU is trying to become the Raiders of college football. Nothing but trouble in this guys future, and probably a big pay day.

  18. Have to admit, great recruiting tool for Free Shoes U… Please stop with the Urban Meyer whining. Obviously a reflection of the great parenting that goes on with Florida athletes in general, along with the University of Florida administration. No slaps on the wrist at O.S.U…

  19. Yes, it was stealing. It was $30 worth of crab legs. I agree this was wrong, but it’s a misdemeanor here in VA. He did his community service (same thing any normal person would get for this crime) so let him play.

    You guys act like the kid was drinking and driving or doing some other terrible act; I know I shoplifted a few things from the store when I was in college just like other college students. He got caught, did his service, now let’s move on.

  20. If I can’t play baseball..maybe I won’t play football..

    Come on man..those workouts at the Y..that’s community service buddy. Welcome back to the team.

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