Winston stopped by cops in '12

Updated: July 30, 2014, 5:07 PM ET
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police say Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun.

Officer Anthony Gioannetti responded to a call and found the pair on a campus bike path with a long-barreled pistol. He drew his gun, pointed it at the players and shouted several times for them to get on the ground.

Jameis Winston
Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsAn officer confiscated a pellet gun possessed by Jameis Winston, left, and Chris Casher after the players complied with him during a 2012 off-campus stop.

One of the players dropped the gun and Gioannetti kept his weapon draw until another officer handcuffed the players across the street from campus. The officers then determined the pistol was a pellet gun.

"They said they were shooting at squirrels along the bike trail," Gioannetti wrote in his report.

The gun was confiscated and the players were released with no charges.

The story was first reported Wednesday by USA Today.

Contacted after the report, Winston said, "Sorry sir, I'm not talking about that."

When contacted by The Associated Press to comment, Casher originally hung up. But he called back and wanted to know why this was being reported now. He then used obscenities as he criticized USA Today for running the report.

According to the USA Today report, hours after Winston and Casher were confronted by police, they were involved in a BB gun "battle" at the apartment complex the quarterback was living in at the time. The two players were investigated later in the week for the damage, which cost $4,200, but apartment manager Dave Sudekum later said he did not want to pursue charges.

Earlier this year, Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff's deputies said he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

Last year, he was investigated for allegations that he had raped a woman in December 2012. A prosecutor declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence and gaps in the accuser's story.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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