Among the many controversies Jameis Winston was a part of in college, an arrest for shoplifting crab legs was one of the more ridiculous.
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Former FSU QB Jameis Winston has asserted that the accusation made against him last year for shoplifting crab legs was based on a huge misunderstanding.
In a meeting with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh on ESPN’s “Draft Academy” said that an employee of the Publix grocery store, where Winston allegedly walked out of the store with crab legs he did not pay for, made an agreement with Winston beforehand that he could take what he wanted and wouldn’t have to worry about it.
“How am I supposed to handle it if I got it for free,” Winston told Harbaugh. “A week before (the incident) it was my buddy’s birthday and we had got a cake and we met a dude inside Publix and he said, ‘Hey, any time you come in here, I got you.’
“So that day, we just walked out and he hooked us up with that and when I came in and got crab legs and did the same thing — he gave them to me and I walked out.”
Winston is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL draft, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – who own the No. 1 overall pick – are rumored to be hesitant to take him over his character concerns. In addition to the shoplifting accusation, Winston was suspended for a game in 2014 for inappropriate behavior at the FSU student center, but the most serious charge Winston faced was a sexual assault allegation that he was never charged with, but has been sued in civil court for.