On Wednesday, the world of sports revolved around Florida State Seminoles’ Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston and his citation for stealing crab legs and crawfish from a local supermarket.
The Seminoles responded by suspending Winston from the baseball team until he completes the 20 hours of community service he was issued.
Winston, through a statement from his attorney, claimed he mistakenly took the food without paying.
According to Jeff Cameron of ESPN Tallahassee, Winston is telling the truth.
Bud Elliot of Tomahawk Nation, the site that broke the original story on Wednesday, gave his summary of Cameron’s explanation.
Essentially, Cameron says that Winston, with his long-distance girlfriend in town, went to get some wings and crab legs. He went to Publix, ordered the crab legs, then left to go to Hobbit Hoagies for wings (down the road, which he paid for), then came back to Publix, with the car running in the rain to grab the crab legs. He got some butter, and the crab legs, and was mobbed for autographs by fans in the Publix (this is not uncommon around town as Winston is a huge celebrity). Cameron notes that Winston was mistaken in thinking he could quickly go in and out of any place in Tallahassee without signing autographs and taking pictures.
According to Cameron (through Elliot), the security footage even shows Winston speaking to police officer, which, if true, would obviously make his side of the story very believable.