The FSU Freshman Completes 20-Hours of Community Service
Jameis Winston's suspension from the Florida State baseball team is over after only four short days.
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Four days after Winston's suspension from the team was announced, when the freshman Heisman trophy winner left the Ocala Road Publix last Tuesday without paying for his food, FSU coach Mike Martin confirmed that his closer was back on the team, according to USA Today.
"Winston is reinstated," Martin said after the Seminoles' 7-1 victory against Minnesota on Sunday. "He finished his community service and as soon as he did he came over here, and we reinstated him."
Winston was not arrested for the theft, and instead Publix and the Leon County Sheriff's Office agreed to let Winston enter a pre-trial diversion program that required him to complete 20 hours of community service.
"He was very cooperative and he seemed fairly honest in that he did not pay for the item," Major Michael Wood said.
Wood said Winston met the criteria of the program because he had no prior criminal record. "It's for first-time offenders," Wood said. "There's a list of minor, non-violent non-sexual offenses that qualify."
According to the incident report that was filed by the Officer, Winston ordered 3-lbs of steamed crab legs, 1-pound of steam crawfish, and took a stick of butter. The officer was able to determine the items he took after reviewing a security video that showed Winston on tape ordering the food from the seafood section of the store. He then left the store and returned to the dairy aisle walking over to get a stick of butter.
"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," said Winston earlier last week.
According to the report Winston realized he did not need the stick of butter and set it down as he was about to leave the store -- but an on-duty-officer was near the front as he was heading out. He paused to avoid going in front of the officer and maneuvered he way around him as to avoid coming into his line of sight. A store employee noticed he left without paying due to the fact he didn't carry the items out of the store inside of a bag.