Jameis Winston was cleared of any wrong-doing stemming from a rape allegation. Then he won the Heisman, took his team, Florida State University (FSU), to the national championship and then started playing for the baseball team. He had good press and great media coverage. His best bet was to remain a shining star, free from anymore run-ins with the Tallahassee police. Well, Jameis Winston is striking out.
Today he has been suspended from the FSU baseball team for an alleged shoplifting citation issued Tuesday night for stealing crab legs from a Publix supermarket. According to tomahawknation.com:
“He got an adult civil citation,” a trusted source inside Tallahassee Police told Tomahawk Nation. “If he completes the sanctions it will never show up on his record. They commonly give them to juveniles on first criminal offenses. They are now doing it for minor misdemeanors for adults to lower crime rate.”
Baseball coach Mike Martin is confident in his decision and Winston:
“I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon,” Martin said in a statement released by Florida State.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said in the release, “I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will.”
This is just really disappointing. Given the recent investigation into FSU’s handling of allegations of rape by The New York Times and the current investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, another run-in with the law is not what Winston or FSU needs.
One incident is a mistake. Two and it becomes suspicious. Three starts to look like a pattern.
This may be “strike 2” for Winston. One more and he may be out.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,