QB popped for shoplifting
Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was cited after leaving a Publix grocery store without paying for about $32 worth of food, including crab legs, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The civil citation for shoplifting is not a criminal charge. Major Michael Wood said Winston told deputies he forgot to pay for the items on Tuesday.
Wood said Winston will not face charges after agreeing to be diverted into a non-criminal program. If he completes the program, no misdemeanor charges will be filed.
Wood said deputies caught up with Winston at his apartment, where he admitted to leaving the store without paying.
FSU announced Wednesday that Winston, also a pitcher, has been suspended from its baseball team.
“As reported in the news, last night I received an adult civil citation for petit theft from a local supermarket,” Winston said. “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.”
Winston led Florida State to the national championship last season as a freshman, starring in the undefeated Seminoles’ 34-31 victory over Auburn in the championship game.
Winston has had previous run-ins with the law, but no arrests.
In December, the state attorney in Florida decided not charge Winston after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.
Green-Beckham looking at FCS school
Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham could enroll at Eastern Illinois University, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Charleston, Ill.
Green-Beckham was dismissed by Missouri on April 11 after multiple legal incidents. He would be eligible immediately at EIU and could team up with former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, who announced last month he was leaving the Wildcats.
Green-Beckham was the No. 1 recruit in 2012 and showed flashes of brilliance in Columbia.
Eastern Illinois was 10-2 last season but lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and head coach Dino Babers. Kim Dameron, whose background was in the Southeastern Conference at Ole Miss., is EIU’s new head coach.