Former FSU stars Chris Weinke, Charlie Ward express concern over Jameis Winston

Thursday May 1st, 2014

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston was cited after shoplifting from a Publix supermarket in Tallahassee. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Florida State's past Heisman Trophy winners have expressed concern about Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, who was disciplined by the school on Wednesday for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket in Tallahassee, Fla.

Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke spoke to USA Today about Winston's citation. Weinke, who won the Heisman in 2000, said he hopes Winston's shoplifting was nothing more than mistake.

"My hope that it was just an honest mistake and he got caught up and just forgot," said Weinke. "You have to understand whatever decision or move you make is going to be scrutinized very closely."

Ward, who won the Heisman and a national championship in 1993, said shoplifting does not reflect the kind of person Winston is.

"We all know who he is and what he's about, and that makes it tough," said Ward. "It's part of his maturation process as he continues to grow into a young man."


"I am sure there are people hoping something like this happens, just to prove he's not what everyone says he is," Ward said.

Ward was quick to add that Winston needed to be disciplined by FSU, and that "no one is bigger than the team."

In a statement on Wednesday, Winston, who won last season's Heisman Trophy, called shoplifting a "mistake" that occurred "in a moment of youthful ignorance." Florida State suspended Winston from the baseball team and will require him to pay a small fine and perform community service.

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