From Winston's Signed Statement:
"As reported in the news, last night I received an adult citation for petit theft from a local supermarket," the statement read. "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."
Audio from Leon Co. Sheriff press conference:
1:42pm Update: Statement from Florida State Athletics Regarding Jameis Winston:
“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jameis Winston from the baseball team,” said FSU Baseball Coach Mike Martin. “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”
FSU’s Athletic Department Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy provides that a student-athlete with a civil citation is eligible to practice and compete. The decision as to whether they are allowed to practice and/or compete rests with the head coach.
“I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will,” said FSU Football Coach Jimbo Fisher.
12:45pm update: Reports say Winston will be suspended from the FSU Baseball team as part of punishment for shoplifting. A source tells TomaHawkNation.com that Winston was “issued an adult civil citation. If he completes the sanctions it will never show up on his record.”
From Wednesday Morning:
A source told SB Nation that Winston will be fined $30 & required to do community service.
According to the Tallahassee Police Dept, ““In response to recent requests: TPD has NOT had any contact with Jameis Winston regarding an alleged recent citation.”
In response to recent requests: TPD has NOT had any contact with Jameis Winston regarding an alleged recent citation.— Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) April 30, 2014
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