Jameis Winston Reinstated by FSU Following Suspension

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Jameis Winston Reinstated by FSU Following Suspension
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Updates from Thursday, May 15

Surveillance video of Jameis Winston's run-in with authorities over shoplifting was released today, showing the Florida State quarterback exiting with the merchandise:

Updates from Monday, May 12

Jimbo Fisher spoke about Jameis Winston's suspension and the chance of a punishment from the football team (via Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports):

“He won't,” Fisher told two reporters during the first day of the ACC spring meetings. “His punishment went through the school and through baseball.”

Fisher added that he didn't consider penalizing Winston because “he's in baseball right now“. Noles baseball coach Mike Martin indefinitely suspended his closer after Winston was cited late last month for shoplifting crab legs at a local supermarket. Winston was reinstated after serving 20 hours of community service.

“If he would have been in football only, he would have been suspended from football activities only until we took care of all those things,” Fisher told reporters. “To him, that's [missing baseball] just as devastating. To me too, I like baseball.”

Updates from Monday, May 5

Sean Rossman of Tallahassee.com has the latest on Jameis Winston after a report on the Florida State quarterback's incident was released:

Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston appeared to avoid deputies when he walked out of the Ocala Road Publix on Tuesday.

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As he was leaving the store, Winston appeared to pause in front of a Leon County deputy who was working in-store security detail at the time. The pause, the incident report said, appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of the deputy. He said Winston then walked behind the deputy, past all registers and out of the store. 

A Publix employee told deputies he noticed Winston walk out of the store and assumed he hadn’t paid for his purchase since he didn’t have a grocery bag. He and his manager watched Winston walk out of the store because they thought he was grabbing a shopping cart. They soon realized Winston walked out without paying when he didn’t return.

Updates from Sunday, May 4

Natalie Pierre of the Tallahassee Democrat updated the status of Jameis Winston's suspension from the Florida State baseball team:

Original Text

Florida State dual-sport star and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has been suspended from the Seminoles baseball team by head coach Mike Martin after he was issued a citation on Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs and crawfish from a local supermarket, according to Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation.

WCTV's Alex Yoder provided a quote from Martin:

The Tallahassee Democrat's Jim Henry passed along additional comments from the coach:

Henry's colleague Natalie Pierre tweeted FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher's response to Winston's citation and subsequent suspension: 

Wednesday morning, Tomahawk Nation reported that Winston took the seafood from a Publix grocery store in Florida:

USA Today college football writer Paul Myerberg reports the extent of Winston's crime:

Winston later issued a statement on the incident, via the Tallahassee Democrat:

"As reported in the news, last night I received an adult civil citation for petit theft from a local supermarket. I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I’m taking full responsibility. 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. 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. I make no excuses for my actions and will learn and grow from this unfortunate situation. I hope and pray my friends and family will view me as the 20-year-old young man that I am, and support me through this unfortunate situation.

"I am grateful to be able to participate in the adult citation program where I will complete community service."

Winston was issued a misdemeanor citation as a result of the incident, according to Elliott. The penalty is a $30 fine and at least 20 hours of community service.    

The Leon County Sheriff's office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to address the situation.

Prior to being suspended, Winston—who serves as FSU's closer—made 16 appearances, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and five saves.

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The Internet had a field day with photoshops, memes and jokes at Winston's expense Wednesday. 

This isn't the first time Winston has encountered off-field drama at Florida State. Last December, the Florida state attorney decided not to charge Winston with sexual assault in the wake of accusations made by a woman who claimed an incident had occurred at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.

ESPN.com also reports that Winston was involved in two other off-the-field incidents prior to last winter's sexual assault investigation. However, both were considered to be minor and the Seminoles signal-caller wasn't arrested or charged in either. 

With Florida State's baseball team gearing up for the final two weeks of the regular season before it enters the ACC tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 20, Winston's suspension clearly comes at a bad time.

And with the return of football season just a few months away, the 20-year-old appears to have his hands full at the moment. 

Coming off a national championship and a Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2013, expectations are sure to be sky high for Winston on the football field next fall. Talent-wise, there's no doubt he has the potential to be a top pick in the 2015 NFL draft should he choose to declare.

But he'll have to first live up to expectations off the field if he's going to restore his reputation and build on his legacy in Tallahassee. 

 

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