Jameis Winston: Shoplifting Was Mistake, ‘Moment Of Youthful Ignorance’

jameis winstonFlorida State football and baseball star Jameis Winston responded Wednesday afternoon to reports that he had been issued a citation for shoplifting seafood from a Tallahassee supermarket one night earlier.

Winston released the following statement through his attorney, Tim Jansen:

“As reported in the news, last night I received an adult civil citation for petit theft from a local supermarket. 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.”

Winston has been ordered to complete 20 hours of community service and has been suspended from the Seminoles baseball team by coach Mike Martin. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner has posted a 1.50 ERA with five saves in 16 relief appearances this spring.

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