Florida State quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston was cited for shoplifting crab legs from Publix, deputies in Tallahassee said Wednesday.
Winston showed up at the grocery store last night, ordered some $32 of crab legs and crawfish, then left without paying, Maj. Michael Wood explained. But he will not faces charges after agreeing to be diverted into a non-criminal program.
"I want to start by clearly stating that Jameis Winston has not been arrested for any crime. He was issued a civil citation," Wood stated.
Wood said deputies caught up with Winston at his home, where he admitted to leaving the store without paying. He allegedly told investigators he had forgotten to pay, though he had not bought anything else at the store and "he had, in fact, made no effort to contact Publix."
"He left without paying. I can't see inside his head to see what he was thinking," Woods added.
The 20-year-old was investigated last year when a fellow Florida State student reported that he raped her. But prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. As such, he has no criminal record and was eligible for the diversion program, which is only available to first-time offenders.
Winston agreed to serve 20 hours of community service and pay restitution to Publix, Woods said.
The dual-sport star has been suspended from the FSU baseball team because of the incident, FOX Sports reported.
Winston's latest situation immediately made him a popular target on Twitter. Charlotte's minor league baseball team, the StoneCrabs, tweeted an invitation: "We'd like to invite Jameis Winston to a game at Charlotte Sports Park. We know he's a big crab fan."
Even Florida's agriculture commissioner got in on the action.
"Everyone loves #FreshFromFlorida crab legs," tweeted Adam Putnam, a University of Florida grad.
The news was first reported by TomahawkNation.com.
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