UPDATE 2:06 p.m. EDT: A Leon County Sheriff''s Office official confirmed that Winson was issued a citation after Publix alleged the FSU football star left the supermarket without paying for $32.72 worth of food, including crab legs and crawfish.
"Jameis Winston has not been arrested for any crime," Maj. Michael Wood of the sheriff's office's law enforcement division said at a 2 p.m. news conference. "He was issued a citation, which is a pre-arrest diversion .. in an effort to keep people out of the criminal justice system."
Wood said Winston met criteria for a civil citation because it was his first offence and Winston had no criminal history. Winston had been accused of rape by an FSU student, but charges were never filed in what had been a controversial decision.
Authorities responded to the Publix in Tallahassee around 10 p.m. Tuesday after the supermarket reported somebody left without paying. Wood said it was determined that Winston was teh person who didn't pay.
After sheriff's office officials spoke with Winston, the FSU football and baseball star told authorities he realize he didn't pay for the food by the time he got home, and that authorities contacted him before he was able to return to Publix to pay for the seafood.
UPDATE 2:02 p.m. EDT: Winston has been suspended from the FSU baseball team after the team confirmed that he was cited on shoplifting charges.
“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jameis Winston from the baseball team,” FSU Baseball Coach Mike Martin said in a statement to the Tallahasse Democrat. “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”
Reports that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston shoplifted crab legs from a Publix in Florida have not been confirmed.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is set to hold a 2 p.m. press conference on the Jameis Winston crab leg thefts allegations, which you can watch here. The allegations were first reported Wednesday by Tomahawknation.com. The story claims Winston was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket in Tallahassee. Tomahawknation.com claims the information came from “a trusted source inside Tallahassee Police [sic.]”
The Florida State-centric website already had to backtrack a portion of their report, which initially said Winston, who plays on the FSU football and baseball teams, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and national champion with FSU, was arrested on shoplifting charges. The site now says Winston was not arrested, but received a citation.
Meanwhile, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office would not say whether the report was true.
"I cannot confirm or deny anything on Jameis Winston at this time," sheriff’s office spokesman James McQuaig told USA Today.
The Tallahassee Police Department said on its Twiter account that it did not arrest or cite Winston for shoplifting crab legs.
In response to recent requests: TPD has NOT had any contact with Jameis Winston regarding an alleged recent citation.
â€” Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) April 30, 2014
Free Seafood University pic.twitter.com/8CU6LyXXEO
â€” OldRow (@OldRowOfficial) April 30, 2014
Crab legs?! C'mon man! Ol' Jameis is getting famous for all the wrong reasons.
â€” Jeremy Hartman (@CoachJHartman) April 30, 2014
I promise you, in a couple years "Famous Jameis' Crab Legs" will be on store shelves. #TakeItToTheBank
â€” IllustriousPotentate (@OpenDorePolicy) April 30, 2014
â€” Bryce Mahoney (@bryce_michael_) April 30, 2014