Former Florida State quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston is back in the news for his off-the-field actions.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Winstion stated during an ESPN interview that he received free food on multiple occasions from a Publix in Tallahassee. This included the incident in April 2014 where Winston was caught “stealing” $32 worth of crab legs.
“The week before it was my buddy’s birthday and we had got a cake and we met a dude who was inside Publix,” Winston said. “He said, anytime you come in here, I got you.’ And when I came in to get crab legs, he did the same thing. He just gave them to me and I walked out. Someone in the store said I didn’t pay for them and that’s how the whole thing started.”
Those comments contradict earlier reports that Winston simply forgot to pay for the crab legs.
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The incident could cause problems for FSU. NCAA athletes are prohibited from receiving free goods and services and players can lose eligibility for accepting impermissible benefits.
This won’t affect the NFL-bound quarterback but FSU could still face institutional penalties if the NCAA determines multiple athletes got free food from the grocery store. If Winston is the only Seminole linked to the impermissible benefits, the university would likely just get a slap on the wrist.
For the full story, visit OrlandoSentinel.com.