Jameis Winston says his shoplifting was a moment of “youthful ignorance”; Police hold press conference (VIDEO)
So, it was $32.72 in stolen groceries from a Publix grocery store that prompted the Tallahassee police to issue a citation to Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston. In a press conference Leon County Director of Law Enforcement Michael Wood spoke about the situation:
Wood also said that Jameis Winston didn’t put up a fuss when confronted about the groceries.
“He was very cooperative and he seemed fairly honest in that he did not pay for the item,” Wood said.
Winston was not arrested but issued an adult civil citation. Through his attorney he spoke about the issue:
“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.”
“Youthful ignorance”? Hmmm…I wonder if that’s a new legal or medical term. In any case, according to Wood a new civil citation program would allow Winston to do his 20 hours of community service and the incident will not appear on his record.
“It’s for first-time offenders,” Wood said. “There’s a list of minor, non-violent non-sexual offenses that qualify.”
In the meantime, Winston has been suspended from the baseball team and his public image a little more scarred.
I hope the crab legs were worth it.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,