Jameis Winston says Publix employee “hooked us up” with crab legs

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Jameis Winston has bigger issues to worry about than his appropriation-without-remuneration of crab legs last year.

But as the Florida State quarterback is on the verge of becoming the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the story has come up again, with an unusual twist.

Via the Sporting News, Winston told Michigan (and former 49ers) coach Jim Harbaugh that a store employee was giving him the crab legs.

While taping a “Draft Academy” special for ESPN, Winston was being grilled by Harbaugh and Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, when Fisch brought up the crab incident.

Perhaps the most ridiculous part is that the hyper-focused Harbaugh seems to have been the only person in America who hadn’t heard of it, with a genuinely puzzled look on his face as he asked Winston: “Stone crabs?”

“Well, a week before it was my buddy’s birthday and we had got a cake and we met a dude that worked inside Publix and he said, ‘Hey, anytime you come in here, I got you.’” Winston said. “So that day we just walked out and he hooked us up with that.

“And when I went in to get crab legs, did the same thing and he just gave them to me and I walked out. Someone from inside the store had told the security that I didn’t pay for them, and that’s how the whole thing started.”

Naturally.

While the Buccaneers are probably more concerned with things like rape allegations or whether Winston throws too many interceptions, the idea of a player receiving free food from a local business should be of interest to some.

Namely, the NCAA, which used to monitor the cream cheese schools could provide for free bagels, while schools and coaches profit handsomely from the players who are forced to rely on the kindness of seafood-bearing strangers.

86 responses to “Jameis Winston says Publix employee “hooked us up” with crab legs

  1. Happens to every big time player from a big time school.. You have a wink wink deal with your local supermarket as long as you just win on saturdays.. Someone wanted to snitch to security.. He had to take the bullet.. someones job was at stake.. and his eligibility. He took it as a champ and did not snitch. I like that

  2. “Namely, the NCAA, which used to monitor the cream cheese schools could provide for free bagels”
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    Please tell me that’s an exaggeration for the sake of illustrating how ridiculous the NCAA rules are and not an actual, you know, ridiculous rule of the NCAA? If that’s for real, it’s a wonder they weren’t sued over this compensation issue a long, long time ago. Help the school make a few million and you can’t even get cream cheese for your damn bagel? Wth is wrong with people?

  3. I heard via the radio (106.7 the fan) that past FSU players (including Dion Sanders and more) said they had the same agreement with publix and this has been going on for years.

    This is the least egregious of his actions

  4. Well if thats the case, then Winston should have just filled up an entire shopping cart full of food and strolled right on out of there.

  5. Yeah…..it’s called stealing. Did Granny never teach you not to steal?
    This guy has serious issues. I can’t believe that any team would take this joker.
    Way more interceptions than morals.

  6. Regardless of whether this is true or not, the employee didn’t have the right to give the crab legs away, so they were still stolen.

    And, obviously, if anyone who wasn’t a star FSU player had done this they wouldn’t have been able to just laugh it off with the cops, they would’ve been charged with shoplifting.

    We already know that sports stars are coddled and get special treatment, but that’s no way to justify it.

  7. I doubt the stock boy or whomever was hooking up Jameis had the authority to give away the store’s property. He’s either a thief or a willing receiver of stolen property. Perhaps it was the same person who arranged for Jameis’ dates.

  8. Even if that tale had been true, why is he ratting out his buddy? Snitches get stitches.

  9. If thousands upon thousands of other student atheletes had not been able to follow the basic rules I wouldn’t think twice about a kid getting free food from someone probably about his same age from a Publix. But thousands of thousands of other kids WERE able to not be knuckleheads. Winston does not seem be maturing. He seems to have gotten more immature after the rape thing was “overturned”

  10. Unless Winston assumed the guy who “hooked him up” was the store owner, he is still a thief. Most of us have the intelligence to understand that the guy at the seafood counter of the local grocery store did not personally pay for the products he is selling.

  11. Anyone that watched that video knows that he was SLEALING… walking nervously from aisle to aisle in the grocery store buying absolutely nothing before walking out with the crab legs

  12. It’s wrong either way, it’s stealing. But everyone thinks he conjured up some bright idea out of the blue to heist heist crab legs.

    Yes, he should have known better. But I see young kids 17-18-19 making mistake after mistake on a daily basis. Mistakes a lot worse than this one. It’s asinine that a lot of people think that at those ages kids are making all of the best well thought out decisions.

  13. I’m not sure why you seem to think that this exonerates Winston in any way. That he had an accomplice doesn’t change anything other than adding conspiracy to the theft.

  14. Did the Publix employee that was giving away food get fired?
    If so, then I might believe his story.

  15. This guy. So accountable. If you’re a GM who drafts the kid, go ahead and type up a resignation letter dated 3 years from the night of the 2015 draft.

  16. I find it extremely hard to believe this is a scenario with which the writer is unfamiliar. As a result, the suggestion that an NCAA investigation should commence based on a “hook up” of free food is utterly ridiculous.

  17. This kind of thing happens at every University with a semi relevant sports program.

    I went to a small private University and constantly saw basketball players getting free grub. Worse things have happened

  18. Yeah, this guy from the store said it was ok to steal, and he seemed legit, so I went with it.

    Happens to me all the time.

  19. all this and he gets rewarded with being the first pick in the 2015 draft. Can’t feel bad for the negative press the league gets concerning discipline.

  20. I pull for these kids that broke some ridiculous NCAA rule. Screw the NCAA, they are the ones in the wrong in these cases.

  21. Winston’s comments sound like a man who accepts no responsibility for his own actions, and has no remorse. So much for the personal growth he’s been “Manzielling” us all with. Just a big con job.

    I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen that Winston has Trainwreck written all over him.

  22. Am I the only one that remembers everyone saying Publix hooked players up with stuff all the time back when the whole incident first occurred? Nothing in here is new information.

  23. I’m sure the chefs that the college players have access to that other students don’t whip them up some crab legs now and then.

  24. Seems plausible.

    Publix employee tries to get cool with football star by giving him free stuff, other employee gets jealous and tells security.

    Then again if you are an intelligent football star you don’t take advantage of situations like that because it usually comes back to haunt you.

  25. Your acting like his explanation is far fetched. This isn’t an uncommon thing even for non celebrities. Ive got to think it happens a lot more for famous people. I’ve had people I’ve barely known give me free sandwiches from a store before. I’ve also had a friend who gave me free meds who worked at a CVS before. How many times has everyone had an employee of a store that you didn’t even know let you go on 25-30 cents when you’ve came up short? A dozen times, more?

    People like to feel like they have some power. Hooking people up with stuff for free that they would have otherwise had to pay for gives them that feeling.

  26. Yeah… because no one else in the country while in college, athlete or not, had that friend that worked at a restaurant and hooked them up with free food or beers.

  27. You could tell that by looking at the video. He didn’t even place an order or stand in line. He walked up, dude handed him something and he walked out. Dumb still yet, but it was an obvious hook-up.

  28. the players who are forced to rely on the kindness of seafood-bearing strangers.

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    “forced” seems a bit strong.

  29. “while schools and coaches profit handsomely from the players who are forced to rely on the kindness of seafood-bearing strangers” – This isn’t counting the $100,000 tuition most college athletes get for free, the “tutors” most get to help them during their exams and with homework, and all the other benefits (illegal or not) that come with being a college athlete.

  30. What, is he 4-years-old? Only a toddler thinks you walk out of a store without paying for stuff. This is not only BS, but it shows that Winston hasn’t learned a thing. Trouble? Tell a lie to escape.

  31. Liar. If that arrangement was true, Thief-eis wouldn’t have tried to get the seafood unless the Publix employee was there to pay for them and sticker the package as paid. If you’ve seen the security video, notice that Thief-eis goes out of way to avoid the store security officer on his way out with the stolen crab legs. He knew he was stealing the whole time. This is just one of many instances he has proved to be a bonafide knucklehead.

    Seriously any team that picks this fool in the first 3 rounds is flushing a high draft pick down the crapper. If he ever becomes a star it’ll be in the Arena League.

  32. That is a picture of a snow crab, not a stone crab. Stone crabs are mostly just a claw, they are better tasting and they cost more. I suspect he just got previously frozen snow crabs.

  33. If he were a Maryland QB and were stealing Blue Crabs that is understandable. However, stealing frozen snow crabs legs, something is obviously wrong with him.

  34. He used a bunch of key words that makes him either truthful or a prolific liar.

    I worked in the Pizza place and I got free Burgers, Chicken and Ice cream.

    I gave away the stuff we were throwing out at the end of the night. Just the way it works. Everyone does it.

    Is it wrong? Wrong-ish but fame has a way of making it wrong, stupid, immature, blah blah blah…

  35. Should have run some playaction with the crab legs to throw off the employees. Maybe a pump fake too.

  36. I’m a Publix employee and IF his story is true then the “Dude that worked inside Publix” would be setting himself up to be fired because NO ONE working in the store has the permission to “hook someone up” with free food even once, let alone “anytime you come in here”. I have a hard time believing that an employee is such a huge fan of his that he would risk his job for him. This story has too many holes and smells pretty fishy.

  37. I pull for these kids that broke some ridiculous NCAA rule. Screw the NCAA, they are the ones in the wrong in these cases.

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    Stealing is not some ridiculous NCAA rule. It’s a societal rule.

  38. anyone who ever sat in a restaurant and had some fries not addd or got a free refill or has been in a quick mart or something late at night ordered a slice of pizza and the clerk said eh you just want both for half price im gonna make fresh stuff in a few …… or ever had a friend who worked somewhere n gave em a employee discount when they werent actually the employee … etc… same exact thing its stealing because that person is not authorized to give away or discount anything … ever been through the grocery store n conveniently forgot to put something on the belt or maybe you did actually forget but realized later and didnt go back and pay for it? all the all the same…. but him sitting around being like” hey i want some crab legs guys my boy works down at the store he will hook us up with a few lets go get em im hungry as hell” maybe it was a bad choice but lets be real scrutinizing him and saying ” hes gonna be a bust” or ” terrible character” is complete BS 100% if everything we ever did in our early 20s could be reviewed on tape and our careers depended on we never made a bad choice… we would ALL be unemployed and it doesnt make us bad people either ! this is becoming insanely ridiculous

  39. They should hire Ted Wells to investigate! He has a nack for taking just long enough that nobody cares before releasing his findings

  40. Clueless. Never sees anything wrong with his actions even when they’ve created huge problems, and has no conception of consequences. Borderline sociopathic.

  41. hawkey says:
    Apr 22, 2015 8:56 AM

    “while schools and coaches profit handsomely from the players who are forced to rely on the kindness of seafood-bearing strangers” – This isn’t counting the $100,000 tuition most college athletes get for free, the “tutors” most get to help them during their exams and with homework, and all the other benefits (illegal or not) that come with being a college athlete
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    $100,000 tuition, tutors and all the other benefits pale in comparison to what these “student-athletes” give to the school.

    In what company can you be responsible for bringing in tens of millions of dollars per year and get $100,000 grand and a tutor in return? Guys who bring in that much money are multimillionaires. Except if they are NCAA athletes, then they should be happy with getting a pittance of what they deserve, because it is way more than regular students. That makes no sense.

    Should top Sales performers at companies make less commissions so the secretaries and janitors don’t feel bad?!

    I’m sorry to say but the NCAA is hosing these guys BIG TIME and regular Joe’s are envious/jealous and side with the Billionaires over the talent every time. Without the talent there’s no fans, and no money for the NCAA, School, Athletic Directors and Coaches (who are ALL making a King’s ransom off the player’s work).

  42. I regularly get free food around town, and it’s not because I’m anyone special. It just happens, and almost everyone I know has it happen for them sometime. Yesterday I got a free meal at Arby’s because the guy was busy and didn’t want to make change for a 100.

  43. Sounds like typical teenage crap. Every person posting on here has pulled some kind of maneuver in their life. Because it involves a sports star it is the crime of the century.

  44. Best to keep mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it !!!

  45. the whole ” shut up we gave you a free education” thing is seriously flawed …. NO, you competed for my services with other schools around the country. and saw a way to make millions of dollars by allowing me to sit in your classrooms that are already going to b going on regardless if im there or not. you are selling my name on your website and benefiting from my athletic talents to the millions of dollars not just while im here but in a lot of cases years and decades after im gone. its always he millionaires who say ” shut up and take what u get be grateful” well what if the athletes were able to say ” be lucky i chose ur school ” ” be grateful im allowing you to have success on the field and making you millions of dollars” how would people react if schools had to come out and make a statement about how grateful they r for the recruit to allow them to use his likeness and name and abilities to further the schools financial gains instead of recruits being grateful to schools the schools need to be grateful to the athletes.

  46. what if every week schools had to come out and announce ho much money they made off of the Football Program or the jersey sales and showed the bottom line on a weekly basis while athletes dont have $ to go see a movie pay for gas have a decent meal plan of their liking or buy new boxers or socks or t shirts etc. but are told “shut up you get to sit in on our classes were holding here” maybe they dont want further education that is their right ya know but its forced on them before they are allowed to go pro but a business who finds a exceptionally gifted 15 year old kid can work for IBM or something with no further education required… these exceptional athletes should be allowed to take their services pro anytime they choose not be forced to make a program $ b4 they can go PRO ! so much is flawed with this system

  47. Who wants to bet the NCAA either completely ignores the situation or acts in an overblown fashion? i.e. they never quite go for the “this porridge is just right” level of punishment…

    And before you guys cry that the NCAA can’t impose punishment on NFL players, ever hear of Terrelle Pryor?

  48. And if that Publix employee gets fired for this coming out. im pretty sure Winston will “hook him up” with a job, with all his millions he will be making.

  49. Of course, Publix employees are of such high moral fabric and their moral compass is so True that they would never engage in such behavior. Winston’s story has to be full of holes.

    \sarcasm

  50. Shocked. I’m shocked. Tell me you’re shocked, lol. Everyone except the people trying to come up with reasons to hate him knew this when it happened. It was the free shoes thing back in the early 90s and Peter Warrick thing happening again on a smaller scale.

  51. Enough with the ‘who didn’t ever get a hookup’ argument… First off, how do you know he was ‘hooked up’ to begin with? Second, we’re not being scrutinized daily as a projected first overall pick in the NFL draft… Either way this dude should’ve been smart enough to NOT put himself in this situation………..TRUTH

  52. Yes, he should have known better. But I see young kids 17-18-19 making mistake after mistake on a daily basis. Mistakes a lot worse than this one. It’s asinine that a lot of people think that at those ages kids are making all of the best well thought out decisions
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    Something tells me the Brees’, Mannings and Brady’s out there (Future HOFers) wouldn’t do such a thing even at a young age…..

  53. I seriously wonder have any of you received the “hook up” or did you ALWAYS bought everything with your hard earned money? I’m guessing that many of you not only had the money to buy anything, but the morals to turn down the “hook up.” I’m not condoning it, but this hatred towards this 21 year old is unbelievable.

  54. I heard it happened this way at the beginning. Big name college players get this preferential treatment all the time. It makes people feel good to be able to say they did something for a member of the team they support. Is it right? That’s debatable. I have a feeling this wasn’t just some Joe Schmo at Publix giving it to Jameis for free. It was probably a manager of some sort and when it was discovered Jameis took the heat so the guy wouldn’t get fired. I do think there was some sort of understanding for Winston to just walk out without paying. As far as any NCAA violation, that’s ridiciulous. This incident is questionable but for someone to just want to give something to a guy who doesn’t make a dime to play a dangerous sport and who may never make a dime because not everyone makes it to the NFL is crazy. I can see this being an issue BEFORE they sign with a university but not while they’re already there and it comes from an alumni or community member.

  55. Something tells me the Brees’, Mannings and Brady’s out there (Future HOFers) wouldn’t do such a thing even at a young age…..
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    LOL, Peyton Manning was accused of sexual harassment while he was in college and had to pay off the woman to avoid any further implications. Tom Brady left his pregnant girlfriend for another woman and he much older than a college kid at the time. I would say both of those are worse than getting $30 worth of crab legs for free.

  56. They need to start paying players. FSU made a mint off of this kid. If he really raped the girl, we all have a problem with that. Stone crab, not so much.

  57. So he merely conspired to steal with others, instead of just deciding to steal. Not helping your case here Jameis.

  58. LOL, Peyton Manning was accused of sexual harassment while he was in college and had to pay off the woman to avoid any further implications. Tom Brady left his pregnant girlfriend for another woman and he much older than a college kid at the time. I would say both of those are worse than getting $30 worth of crab legs for free.
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    Nah, Peyton was only responsible for a horrible prank gone wrong and Brady simply broke it off with another girl… Nothing to see here lol

  59. Stiller43 says:
    Apr 22, 2015 7:47 AM
    I heard via the radio (106.7 the fan) that past FSU players (including Dion Sanders and more) said they had the same agreement with publix and this has been going on for years.

    This is the least egregious of his actions
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    Actually it is the most egregious, which is to say that the media and those who are sheep for their narrative regarding Winston look like big fools, considering everything else is benign at WORST, or a flat out lie.

  60. Love the corollary that is as undefeated as Father Time… the people who go the hardest after someone when they transgress are guilty of similar or worse actions and merely haven’t been caught yet.

    I’d love to track down some of these people commenting here.

  61. I know one thing, at least JW can look at the guy who got bit in the face by the Cottonmouth snake he was keeping in a pillow case in his bedroom and say -…”Damn, that guy is a dumbass” !!

  62. And the fact that an “employee” of this store was giving away “free” crab legs didn’t occur to Winston that maybe this was something the store manager might view as unauthorized… giving away stuff for free? This guy is a clown who is going to go the way of “Johnny Football” and Ryan Leaf. If the Bucs take him, good luck. Better lock up your cheerleaders!

  63. Love the corollary that is as undefeated as Father Time… the people who go the hardest after someone when they transgress are guilty of similar or worse actions and merely haven’t been caught yet.
    I’d love to track down some of these people commenting here
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    Some people actually detest people whom steal….. we call them thieves

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