Winston released the following statement through his attorney.
“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.”
FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation Tuesday night for leaving the Publix on Ocala Road with $32 worth of merchandise.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office said Winston was not arrested and will not face criminal charges if he completes the terms of the civil diversion. FSU baseball coach Mike Martin announced earlier Winston has been suspended from the team.
“This is not a criminal arrest. This is a civil citation program,” said LCSO Maj. Mike Wood.
Winston better stop doing dumb stuff before he decides to head to possibly head to the NFL. He’ll be eligible to turn pro after next season.