As quickly as it began the saga over Jameis Winston and the stolen crab legs has been pushed under the rug by authorities.
Speaking at as press conference on Wednesday, Major Michael Wood stated that Jameis Winston had not been arrested for shoplifiting crab legs from a Publix supermarket.
In short Winston left a Publix without paying for $32.72 worth of food and when asked by police at his residence confessed that he “forgot” to pay for the food. While Winston was said to have noticed the mistake he made no effort to contact the store about paying for the item.
“I’m not here to vindicate or vilify Jameis. … He left without paying. That warrants a civil citation for petty theft,” Wood said.
He has been given 20 hours of community service as part of a program eligible to those who do not have any previous criminal history.
As a result of the citation, FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said in a statement he has suspended Winston, a pitcher, from the Seminoles’ baseball team.
“I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon,” Martin said in a statement released by Florida State.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said in the release, “I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will.”