was cited - but not arrested - for shoplifting crab legs from Publix. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was allegedly cited Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs at Publix, sources told Bud Elliott of TomahawkNation.com. One source told Elliott that Winston received "an adult civil citation. If he completes the sanctions, it will never show up on his record."
Per a Florida State announcement and a Leon County Sheriff's Department press conference, Winston has been suspended from the Seminoles baseball team. He will pay a small fine and will do community service. There was also crawfish and butter involved.
Winston released a statement through his attorney. Via Tallahassee.com:
"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, who led the Seminoles to the 2013 BCS title, was previously investigated in connection with an alleged rape of a Florida State student. The Florida state atorney's office declined to bring charges against Winston due to a lack of evidence.