Jameis Winston, the Heisman-winning Florida State quarterback, has admitted to shoplifting crab legs from a local supermarket.

Jameis Winston Caught Shoplifting

Winston, 20, allegedly ordered $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish at a Tallahassee, Fla., Publix grocery store Tuesday night and walked out without paying, Michael Wood, the Leon County Director of Law Enforcement, said in a news conference Wednesday.

When police went to Winston’s residence Tuesday night to ask him about the incident, the football player told them he “forgot” to pay for his groceries, reported USA Today. "He was very cooperative and he seemed fairly honest in that he did not pay for the item," Woods said. Woods also revealed that Winston was not arrested, but was issued an adult civil citation and will complete 20 hours of community service.

Winston Apologizes

Winston released a statement through his attorney, Tim Jansen, on Wednesday, admitting that he made a mistake and underscoring the fact that he’s a public figure who needs to exhibit better conduct off the field.


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"I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I'm taking full responsibility,” Winston said in his statement. “In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items.”

"I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach,” he continued. “Over the last year I've learned that my accomplishments on the fields can be a wonderful thing for my school, teammates, friends, and family. At the same time, I must realize that my mistakes are magnified and can bring great embarrassment to all those who support me every day."

Winston Accused Of Rape

Winston, in the football off-season, plays for the Seminole baseball team. In light of his recent brush with the law, FSU baseball coach Mike Martin has suspended him from the squad and showed confidence that Winston would soon put the incident behind him. "I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon," Martin said in a news release.

Last year, Winston faced far more serious legal troubles when it came out that a fellow Florida State student had figured him as her rapist in a 2012 incident. Winston, whose DNA was found on the victim, claimed that they had engaged in consensual sex. Two of his teammates, Chris Casher and Donald Darby, attested to Winston’s story in sworn affidavits. He was never charged criminally and went on to win the 2013 Heisman and lead the Seminoles to a victory in the BCS Championship game against Auburn.

– Chelsea Regan

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