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Jameis Winston suspended from the Florida State baseball team

May 1, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT

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We don’t cover the college football beat around here, but we have covered Jameis Winston due to the fact that he’s a pretty darn decent baseball player too. Or at least was: Florida State suspended him from the baseball team yesterday after he was cited for shoplifting some crablegs from a grocery store. His coach said this:

“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jameis Winston from the baseball team. I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”

His football coach praised the decision. And was likely thankful that he didn’t have to discipline Winston himself. Because, as we have learned lately, no one in Florida seems all that keen on examining Winston’s behavior if they can avoid doing so.

  1. miguelcairo - May 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Crablegs huh? Interesting choice, Winston.

  2. jimmyt - May 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Just another example of The Man trying to keep a bro down.

    • tallaman87 - May 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Dude, other bro’s are probably on his case more than the man. He’s embarrassing himself and his school.

  3. sdelmonte - May 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Innocent till proven guilty and all that but…

    Everything about that case is fishy (no pun intended at all). And it fits the larger patterns of both what’s wrong with big time college sports and attitudes about crimes against women, especially in football. The fact that Ray Rice is still a member of the Ravens in good standing despite his arrest for assaulting his wife makes me ill.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM


    • historiophiliac - May 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      I am reminded of Seth Myers’ Weekend Update report on OJ Simpson being sentenced to jail for armed robbery….but really murder. I think this is a case of we should have done this for the very bad first crime but didn’t so now we’re coming down with the hammer on a lesser crime because everyone is watching after the screw up before.

      • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        What hammer came down? The police are letting him off with a citation, and he’s not going to miss any time in his main sport. One could argue that this is the appropriate reaction to shoplifting $33 worth of food, but it certainly isn’t a makeup call for the police refusing to investigate rape allegations against him.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        No, I know, but do you think they actually would have suspended him for that before?

      • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Probably, just to satisfy the NCAA’s byzantine regulations. Baseball would have been a sacrificial lamb, and Indianapolis would eat it right up.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        It would’ve been nice if they’d actually suspended him before — that’s my point.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        FYI, Justin Blackmon was arrested for DUI a second time and OSU only suspended him one game — there’s no way a football star in the south gets a suspension of note for shoplifting…unless the university is under the microscope.

      • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        It actually varies school-to-school. UGa is fairly zero-tolerance about this kind of stuff. Florida let a guy who was firing an AK-47 into the air in a crowd of people back on the team.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Ok, fine, you win.

      • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I’m not trying to win anything.

    • asimonetti88 - May 1, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      I believe a large factor in Ray Rice’s continued employment is that he is still owed a fair amount of money. It would cost the Ravens over $5 million this year and $10 million next year to cut him.

      • sdelmonte - May 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        I suppose that makes sense – money talks, as ever. But to stand behind him wholeheartedly instead of making it clear that the allegations are troubling seems wrong. (Never mind that Rice is being offered a light sentence and is still doing everything he can to avoid admitting his guilt. Dude, it’s on tape! Just accept your punishment and move on.)

  4. weeniss - May 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    What a loser

  5. yahmule - May 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    That shellfish was asking for it. Burn Publix to the ground.

    • miguelcairo - May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Their coconut cream pie is to die for.

      • yahmule - May 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Nice priorities, guys. Need I remind you how good he is @ football?

    • Wesley Clark - May 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      The subs they make there are amazing.

      • tallaman87 - May 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Their philly…yum!

  6. Professor Fate - May 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Football head coach Jimbo Fisher likely wasn’t too keen on Winston playing hardball until this issue came up. Now he’s likely ecstatic that Winston’s baseball participation takes the hit rather than football. The hypocrisy in this country from every walk of life is breath-takingly depressing.

  7. doctorofsmuganomics - May 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    where is hateonlyhatred when he’s needed. that dude was hilarious.

    for all the wrong reasons, admittedly for hilarious all the same

    • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      He should have gotten around the block by now. Look for a new user posting random, inarticulate attacks against liberals, sprinkled with hilarious threats of physical violence.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Just so you know, if he returns, I’m totally setting up a new account under the handle Miss Andry.

      • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM


      • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Well, looks like he’s able to come through and thumb down everybody making fun of him!

  8. doctornature - May 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    He could have got crabs for free from any number of coeds…

    • yahmule - May 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Or he could have taken them forcibly, which is more his style.

  9. Liam - May 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Surprised Tallahassee PD isn’t blaming the crabs for getting stolen.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      They weren’t crabs of color.

    • peymax1693 - May 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      The crab legs were part of FSU’s “Cleat Chasers” sorority. They were asking to be stolen.

  10. plmathfoto - May 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Craig, lemme get this straight. You think that a college athlete, who’s unpaid and fairly young should be disciplined and prosecuted, yet if a mlb player, who’s made millions and is technically an adult uses PEDS which are illegal, you jump to their defense and become critical of any punishment done?

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Craig, lemme get this straight.

      No, you’re wrong and your analogy is awful.

    • chacochicken - May 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      No, you didn’t get that straight at all.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - May 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Wow. You’re all kinds of dumb aren’t ya?

    • unclemosesgreen - May 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Craig, lemme get this all wrong on purpose just to be a jerk.


    • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Even if we allowed your ridiculous conceit, drug usage is a victimless crime. Theft is not.

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Correct. The crabs were murdered.

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      A very similar story was reported in this space not so long ago. The shoplifting part, not the non-investigation of rape part.

      • hcf95688 - May 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Not long ago. If you consider 1097 days not long.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - May 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        ” If you consider 1097 days not long.”

        which I do.

    • 18thstreet - May 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Yeah! And what about Pete Rose?!

  11. renaado - May 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Stick to ru-… I mean this college football Jameis.

  12. tigers182 - May 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Craig, let me get this straight. You think stealing crab is illegal, but stealing bases isn’t?

    • yahmule - May 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      This was my favorite post today.

  13. husky2score - May 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Crab legs? That’s ok in Maryland

    • kevinbnyc - May 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I’m pretty sure stealing crab is a capital crime in Maryland. They take their crustaceans VERY seriously.

  14. paperlions - May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Since when is this guy a decent baseball player? Find one scout that thinks he’s a pro prospect, good luck. He can’t hit and his arm is nothing special…this is just like the Russell Wilson silliness….just because a guy excels at one sport doesn’t make him a prospect in another one…and no one seriously thought Wilson had a chance at a major league career either.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Yeah he’s not a prospect at all (then again Craig said he was decent, not a prospect, but I digress). BA even admitted they put him on the cover to help sell their guide.

      • paperlions - May 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        True that he didn’t call him a prospect, but referring to a guy as a “decent baseball player” and inferring that therefore we should pay attention to him kind of implies that at some point his baseball skills may be relevant to someone…but they aren’t.

  15. Bob - May 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    If we only paid the college players, then they could buy their expensive crab legs ($33 is expensive for a meal for a college kid) instead of resorting to stealing them, right? At least Jimbo Fisher didn’t have to suspend him for the summer because the baseball suspension is punishment enough, correct? OK, I’m done with my rhetorical stupid questions.

  16. yahmule - May 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    A anonymous (of course) scout for the No Females League claims this shoplifting charge is torpedoing Winston’s chances of going first overall. So, rape: eh. Shoplifting: big ****ing deal.

    “When I heard about this, I was stunned. He was the top overall pick next year. Was. Not anymore. This latest thing shows a continuation of bad judgment. I don’t trust him, and I can tell you very few teams in the NFL will trust him.”

    • tedwmoore - May 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Yeah, that is disheartening, but I think some of it is about the accumulation of evidence about his character, not theft versus an alleged rape. No way stealing crab legs, without the previous rape allegations, drives his draft stock so far down. Whereas the rape allegation was horribly mishandled, allowing room for doubt about his behavior, this is cut-and-dried, and serves to question how much of his non-presecution was innocence and how much was the police bungling the investigation. A pattern is now emerging for scouts and front office personnel, I think that is what most of those quoted were saying.

    • shyts7 - May 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I wouldn’t put too much stock in what ever made up person said that. If Winston has another year this year like he did last year, he IS the #1 pick.

  17. kinggator - May 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Heard the TPD made him do the perp walk sideways and that there was “Probable Claws” for the citation.

  18. sportsdrenched - May 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Jameis, those weren’t the crabs I told you to watch our for at the Heisman Ceremony. – Johnny F

  19. raysfan1 - May 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Not going to try to defend the TPD other than to point out that, yes, they do go after athletes rather than look the other way generally (see Laverneus Coles and James Wilder Jr for a couple examples), even quarterbacks (see Adrian McPherson).

    Now, as for the current case…Winston has to know he’s under a microscope at all times. I guarantee he’s been repeatedly told this by both his coaches and his lawyer. He’s the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback of the national champion in college football. He is a pitcher and DH and the top ranked college baseball team. While never charged with sexual assault, there is still infamy of the allegation and a civil case about it. With all that, if he’s too stupid to keep his nose clean, then there’s no defending him regarding the earlier, worse offense.

  20. musketmaniac - May 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    He may or may not be a rapist, he probably is a thief. but one thing is for sure, he has to be the most lethargic moron of all times. Most US corporation will not hire a convicted thief, shoplifting misdemeanors included. luckily for him the N. F.L will hire anybody.

  21. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    What, nobody has rocked the Free Seafood U joke yet?

  22. joerevs300 - May 1, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Some people just will not get it.

    Winston seems like one of those guys.

    If you read the story, he says he walked out with the crab legs and salmon “by accident”.

    In other words…

    “I’m Jameis Winston B****. I’m a BCS Championship winning QB. You can write off $33 as a charitable donation to my need to eat as a FSU student”.

    OMG. Raise your hand if you accidentally ever walked out of a supermarket with $33 of ANYTHING. And then tried to say you “forgot”.

    If you’re a popular college athlete, it is like common sense and decency are the first things to go away.

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