Florida State University has released a statement in response to former quarterback Jameis Winston’s claim that the crab legs from a local Publix were given to him, not shoplifted as was previously reported. When confronted about it last year, Winston said he simply forgot to pay.
Given the new information that has come to light, FSU AD Stan Wilcox could only make a statement to address it.
“We have become aware of statements made by Jameis Winston during a recent interview with Jim Harbaugh describing the circumstances of his alleged receipt of food from a local grocery store,” he said.
“The details disclosed by Winston in that interview were not previously known to the University. As is the case with all matters of this type, we will work in partnership with the NCAA to determine whether a violation occurred.”
This statement comes on the heels of Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher calling the crab legs incident and another one involving a birthday cake an “isolated incident” that didn’t require NCAA involvement.
I hate to say it, but the fact that Winston received free goods under any circumstances while at FSU makes it a violation. If FSU knew about it and did nothing, that makes the situation even worse. Now, with Winston headed to the NFL and these new pieces of information released, it is in the hands of the NCAA.
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