Florida State star quarterback accused of shoplifting crab legs

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 30, 2014 3:12 PM

MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 winner of college football's prestigious Heisman Trophy, has been accused of shoplifting crab legs and crawfish from a Florida grocery store, police said on Wednesday.

Winston, who plays both football and baseball, was suspended from the university's baseball team after the alleged incident, team officials said.

Winston walked into a supermarket near the Florida State campus on Tuesday night, ordered $32.72 worth of food, including crab legs and crawfish, and left the store without paying, said Mike Wood of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

"When he got home, he realized he had not paid, but in fact made no effort to contact" the supermarket to return and pay, Wood told reporters.

Police issued a citation, which Wood said is often used for non-violent minor crimes for people with no previous criminal history. Winston will be required to serve 20 hours of community service.

Winston, one of only two freshman to ever win college football's top award, also pitches for the Florida State baseball team.

He was suspended from the team on Wednesday, coach Mike Martin said in a statement.

(Reporting by Kevin Gray; Editing by Tom Brown)