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Monday, May 12, 2014
Jameis Winston safe on football side

By Brett McMurphy
ESPN.com

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - Two-sport star Jameis Winston, who was issued a civil citation on April 29 for shoplifting, will not face any punishment or suspensions that would impact him on the football field, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday.

Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston will not face any punishment or suspensions that would impact him on the football field after he was issued a citation for shoplifting.

Winston, a reliever for the Seminoles' baseball team, was suspended last week from playing in a three-game series against Minnesota. He was reinstated to the team after completing 20 hours of community service. Winston was issued the citation after walking out of a Publix supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

"If he would have been in football only, he would have been suspended from football activities only until we took care of all those things," Fisher said. "To him that's just as devastating [missing three baseball games]. To me too. I like baseball."

Fisher said the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback would not face any more punishment as a football player because he completed his community service during baseball season.

Although Winston was not arrested for theft, Publix and the Leon County Sheriff's Office agreed to let Winston enter a pre-trial diversion program requiring him to complete 20 hours of community service.