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Police report: Jameis Winston looked to avoid security in crab caper

Jameis Winston Crab Legs

As shifty and elusive as Jameis Winston was on the field in his first season as Florida State’s starting quarterback, he’s just the same off of it. Reportedly.

Monday evening the full incident report from the redshirt sophomore’s latest encounter with law enforcement in and around the Tallahassee area was released, with a picture being painted that doesn’t quite square itself with the “I forgot” mea culpa laid out previously.

To quickly recap, Winston was cited last week for shoplifting a little over $32 in seafood from a grocery store.  He was suspended from the baseball team and then ultimately reinstated after performing 20 hours of community service.  In a statement of apology, the reigning Heisman winner acknowledged in part that he “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.”

Forgot? Consciously and willfully eluded? Somewhere in between?  You decide. From the Tallahassee Democrat’s account of the police report:

As he was leaving the store, Winston appeared to pause in front of a Leon County deputy who was working in-store security detail at the time. The pause, the incident report said, appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of the deputy. He said Winston then walked behind the deputy, past all registers and out of the store. A Publix employee told deputies he noticed Winston walk out of the store and assumed he hadn’t paid for his purchase since he didn’t have a grocery bag. He and his manager watched Winston walk out of the store because they thought he was grabbing a shopping cart. They soon realized Winston walked out without paying when he didn’t return.

The seafood clerk who took Winston’s order said the Heisman-winner regularly visits the store and that he gave Winston a bar code price tag on the seafood before he left the counter, the incident report said.

The Democrat writes that “Winston ordered three pounds of steamed crab legs with Old Bay seasoning and one pound of steamed crawfish with Cajun seasoning and then left the store.” Winston did dispute, as he had been accused, stealing butter so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

And, apropos of nothing, the 2014 college football season will kick off exactly 114 days from today.

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43 Responses to “Police report: Jameis Winston looked to avoid security in crab caper”
  1. swampcannons says: May 5, 2014 7:55 PM

    Ok, at least he stole the proper seasonings. That was really bugging me. There had to have been an accomplice though as I don’t see him figuring out how to boil water on his own.

  2. ningenito78 says: May 5, 2014 8:42 PM

    The pictures that people keep making about this incident make it all worth it.

  3. derekgorgonstar says: May 5, 2014 8:44 PM


  4. tigersdawgs says: May 5, 2014 8:46 PM

    Whats going on at FSU? Rape , theft , vandalism and now 3 players from FSU failed drug test at the combine! Do they not test during the year? I’m sure they didnt all of a sudden start taking drugs after entering the NFL draft!

  5. auburntigers34 says: May 5, 2014 8:50 PM

    so it wasn’t “youthful ignorance”? what a shocker.

    has anyone from FSU’s potential draft class actually passed their drug test?

    it seems like FSU has serious discipline/character issues.

  6. deezenucks says: May 5, 2014 9:23 PM

    Best comment ever, I’m still lol’ing

  7. saints97 says: May 5, 2014 9:59 PM

    I sure am glad that theft is still a crime where I live.

    Rape is, too, by the way.

  8. theflyingtad says: May 5, 2014 10:04 PM

    I have a problem with the “taking full responsibility” and then doing quite the opposite.

    However “youthful ignorance” does not mean “forgot to pay”. It could mean that. It could also mean “failed to understand the ramifications of theft” for example. He made an ambiguous statement, which is exactly what he intended to do. I don’t like the guy, but its not because his statement was dishonest.

  9. canetic says: May 5, 2014 10:51 PM

    When he goes to the NFL his new team should forget to pay him once or twice. Out of professional ignorance. Let’s see if that’s a problem for him.

  10. cssidenver says: May 5, 2014 11:26 PM

    ++Seems to be something in the water down there. Appears to be it causes character issues.

  11. jdbaker01 says: May 5, 2014 11:55 PM

    Why didn’t he get cupcakes? Oh yeah, he had enough of those on last year’s schedule.

  12. DPU Man ND Fan says: May 6, 2014 12:13 AM

    He got pinched, and I think he is a very shellfish young man.

  13. longborer69 says: May 6, 2014 12:28 AM

    Bet the Athletic Department wish they’d known that before they wrote that dumb statement for him.

  14. dhardy8207 says: May 6, 2014 9:02 AM

    There has been some comments made on other threads about this incident that bloggers are just “hating on FSU and Winston because they are the reigning national champions. For me, it has nothing to do with that and anyone can look back I gave him praise as a native son of Alabama early in the season last year. It has to do with laws are made for a reason and when society starts sending signals that athletes are above the law then we get people like OJ Simpson, Aaron Hernandez (to name a few of the worst) and the list could go on.

    Winston should have been arrested and charged with petty theft, but because he plays football for FSU and they are the national champions, he was given the very minimum over turning their heads all together and given a citation. It will be interesting to see if the same bloggers will be excusing his behavior the next time, and history repeats itself. He has gotten away with several infractions that the average nobody would have been arrested, charged, have to post bail, and have a court date with probation so there will be a next time.

    Wether its stupidity, immaturity, or just plain out arrogance, it is a dangerous practice to show someone with his mentality that he is above the law….

  15. sparky151 says: May 6, 2014 9:25 AM

    Instead of stealing, he should just ask a booster for cash. But nowdays players might think that’s just as bad.

  16. gatorfan1 says: May 6, 2014 11:13 AM

    I’m sure all 32 teams in the NFL are going to ask for this police report!

    Who knew he was that mobile? That’s important for NFL QB’s now.

    They can file this report next to his Wonderlic score.

  17. florida727 says: May 6, 2014 11:27 AM

    Is anyone here bothered as much by JT’s final statement as I am? 114 more days? What was the rest of the article about?

  18. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2014 11:32 AM

    One of the best comments I’ve seen about this said that if he had sold $32 worth of his own property he would have gotten a half a year suspension or worse.

    But steal $32 worth of other peoples property and he won’t miss even as much as a football practice.

  19. 1historian says: May 6, 2014 12:21 PM


  20. Deb says: May 6, 2014 12:52 PM

    It’s a ridiculous slander to declare that Winston wasn’t arrested just because he played football for FSU. NO ONE has any evidence of that, and it’s absurd to damn the local law enforcement just because you want to play big person on the football blog. I’m an Alabama fan, but it doesn’t give you special insight into what was happening in Tallahassee. Winston was treated as any other citizen his age, with his record would have been treated. I’m not saying that because I love Winston or FSU. I’m saying that because it’s the law.

  21. mvp43 says: May 6, 2014 12:57 PM

    I’ve got crabs………………….

  22. dcviking says: May 6, 2014 1:02 PM

    Of course, he didn’t steal butter — if he’d taken a lobster, then he’d the butter, but not with the crab legs.

    I blame this on the FSU boosters — where were they in all of this? Couldn’t one of them simply hook the guy up with a meal at Red Lobster or something. Problem solved — no arrest.

  23. Deb says: May 6, 2014 1:41 PM

    You guys can give me 10,000 thumbs down and throw umpteen tantrums over me posting that people who steal $32 worth of crab aren’t going to do hard time and Winston isn’t getting special treatment. But that’s the way it is. I’m not an FSU fan. I’m not a Winston fan. I’m just interested in getting the facts straight.

    We have an overloaded prison system, and I support alternative sentencing programs for nonviolent offenders. That’s what Leon County’s adult citation program is. Winston was treated as any other offender IN THIS SITUATION would be treated, and all the posturing and preaching on these blogs is just a lot of people blowing off steam when they don’t know what they’re talking about and getting pissed off at me for posting a dose of reality. I’m pretty sure if Winston played for their teams, they wouldn’t be saying a word. My position is the same either way.

  24. auburntigers34 says: May 6, 2014 2:23 PM

    back when i was growing up in the 80s, i had a couple of friends get arrested for stealing a cassette tape from a record store. they didn’t do time, but they were arrested and booked for shoplifting.

    i’m sorry, deb. but what you’re posting isn’t “reality”. you’re not going to do time over petty theft, but you’re going to get more than a citation….or at least you’re supposed to.

  25. Deb says: May 6, 2014 3:01 PM

    @auburntigers34 …

    Back when you were growing up in the 80s is irrelevant. This is about 2014 in Leon County, Florida, where they have an adult citation program designed to AVOID arresting youthful offenders for petty theft. That’s the whole point of the citation program. Read the link I posted.

  26. Deb says: May 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    I didn’t invent this adult citation program. It’s a Leon County diversion program (link posted). Many communities have similar youthful offender diversion programs to address prison overcrowding and other criminal justice issues. The fact that shoplifters are arrested in your Florida county, in your state, were arrested in 2005 or 1983 or 1996 is irrelevant. This program was proposed in 2012 and it applies to ALL eligible offender in Leon County–where this incident occurred.

  27. Deb says: May 6, 2014 3:06 PM

    Denial won’t make the program go away.

  28. auburntigers34 says: May 6, 2014 3:32 PM

    he’s not a youthful offender(which my friends were,fwiw). he’s a 20 year old man. do you seriously believe that if someone gets caught shoplifting at a retailer like wal mart or publix, that the cops just show up and write them a ticket?

  29. Deb says: May 6, 2014 3:42 PM

    Dude, I didn’t create the program. He fits the criteria for Leon County’s adult citation program–he’s within the age requirement for their program. That’s all I’m saying. I’m not saying, “Good job, Winston.” I’m not saying it’s great to steal crab legs. I’m not saying he’s a standup guy. I do think it’s stupid to spend a lot of county resources prosecuting people for petty theft. In these cases, I’d rather see ALL offenders be forced to make restitution and do community service. That’s been my position for years; it has nothing to do with Winston. And yes, I think that’s how anyone in this situation would be treated under this program.

    Frankly, the bigger surprise to me is that this Publix had a Leon Co. deputy doing security. I routinely visit a dozen different Publix stores in Florida and Alabama and have never seen police security. Leon County must have much bigger problems than Jameis Winston.

  30. auburntigers34 says: May 6, 2014 4:44 PM

    maybe they changed the law in that county after he was busted stealing the ketchup cupful of soda from Burger King. :)

  31. Deb says: May 6, 2014 4:47 PM

    LOL … humor!!! Glad to see someone here still has some 😉

  32. brutusmandingo says: May 6, 2014 4:55 PM

    Deb you do know though this shows an extreme lack of good judgement and at 20 I was fully responsible for anything that I did . I was also serving our country whether you agree with that or not . I also live in Florida and when I was 18 I got in trouble for a prank that got out of hand almost got sent to prison for 5 years ! I eventually was label to walk away with a disturbing the peace charge . But in the time before that I was treated like a criminal for doing something stupid and irresponsible and I dealt with it and took responsibility for my own actions as any adult should . What scared me the most the threat of 5 years of my freedom as I knew could have been taken away and I wouldn’t be able to join the military which I wanted to. Maybe he needs to have a similar wake up call .Jameis Winston is an adult he needs to use better judgement especially since he’s in position or leadership can he have fun party sure we all need enjoy life but putting our self in comprising situations and committing crime no matter how petty it may be is just ridiculously irresponsible . He knowingly and willingly stole crab legs that doesn’t show any youthful exuberance it shows an egregious amount of self entitlement and that’s sad because it seems like nobody is really caring about that kid if he was my little brother I would have a long talk with him about life . I just hope he doesn’t do something where hurts himself and he can’t play football because it’s going to be a harsh reality check for him

  33. brutusmandingo says: May 6, 2014 4:58 PM

    What’s a sense humor ?

  34. brutusmandingo says: May 6, 2014 5:05 PM

    Maybe he watched this and tried to emulate what he saw ala Kellen Winston II.

    Review : Theft

  35. brutusmandingo says: May 6, 2014 5:07 PM

    Deb wouldn’t it hilarious if Jordan Lynch stole Jameis’s Heismen last year ? Lol

  36. brutusmandingo says: May 6, 2014 5:10 PM

    If your going steal soda pop from a Burger King might as well fill a two liter lmfao

  37. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2014 5:19 PM

    Not a good thread for Deb… 0 for 45 on the thumbs.

    I agree with what you’re saying Deb that the city/county shouldn’t be putting him in jail for this. I think it just points more to his character than anything else.

  38. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2014 5:21 PM

    Also, from this report it sounds like maybe he knew to avoid the security guard, Publix should go back and check their video and see if he’s done this before.

  39. Deb says: May 6, 2014 6:21 PM

    @8to80 …

    Oh, I’ve had much worse threads LOL

  40. Deb says: May 6, 2014 6:34 PM

    @brutusmandingo …

    Thank you for your service. I can’t imagine why anything I’ve posted would make you think I wouldn’t appreciate military service to our country. That’s just silly. As I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t condone what Winston did.

    Yep, I think it shows incredibly poor judgment and rampant stupidity. No, I didn’t behave like that at 20. I didn’t behave like that at 12. At 20, I’d already been through several surgeries and was darn near killing myself to complete my degree despite some pretty serious health issues. I’ve never said one word in support of Jameis Winston’s idiot behavior. I’ve simply posted about CURRENT law in Leon County, Florida, and said he hasn’t been treated any differently than anyone else would be under identical circumstances in Leon County, Florida.

    Did you know most child sex abduction/murders are committed by people who’ve already been in the system and let out again? Now that’s a tragedy. As a society, we need to decide whether we want our prison space filled with people who smoke pot and steal $32 worth of crab, or whether we want to stop being idiots and direct our resources at real dangers to society. You all can keep screaming for Winston’s head, but I’m going to keep supporting programs that require financial restitution and community service from petty thieves (and pranksters like you) while reserving the prison space for the monsters roaming the countryside.

  41. onbucky96 says: May 6, 2014 6:41 PM

    Awesome pic. I hope we can see the surveillance video of the act/juke move. Stay Classy Florida St.

  42. hittfamily says: May 12, 2014 3:38 AM

    When Heisman winners are forced to steal food, while their coaches and their bosses fly first class, there is something wrong with the system.

  43. thephenom says: May 12, 2014 1:43 PM

    You expect him to eat that many crab legs without butter?

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