The Great Crab Legs Caper of 2014

So Winston said it was all about getting hooked up by a store employee.

Jimbo Fisher takes him at his word, adding a school investigation as support:

According to the coach, the FSU compliance department looked into the issue at the time — they contacted the Publix store — and found it to be an isolated incident, although Winston’s public comments has the department taking a peek yet again. “[T]hey think it’s totally an isolated incident that happened and [we’re in] the process working it right now. So I don’t think it’s anything else more than that,” Fisher said.

The problem with that, it seems, is FSU doesn’t know anything about that.

“We have become aware of statements made by Jameis Winston during a recent interview with Jim Harbaugh describing the circumstances of his alleged receipt of food from a local grocery store. The details disclosed by Winston in that interview were not previously known to the University. As is the case with all matters of this type, we will work in partnership with the NCAA to determine whether a violation occurred.”

And neither does Publix.

Following Winston’s claim on ESPN’s Draft Academy that the April 2014 incident wasn’t shoplifting but an inside connection, a Publix spokeswoman affirmed that the company’s investigation in May did not suggest an employee had given Winston merchandise.

“When we conducted the original investigation with the store associates and management both, we found no information that would corroborate the story that there was any arrangement for Jameis or any other FSU athlete to get any product for free,” said Maria Brous, Publix’s director of media and community relations.

What everyone does know is what Winston claimed when it happened.

Brous pointed to the report from the sheriff’s office in which Winston said he forgot to pay, which was consistent with the statement his lawyer released to the media at that time[Emphasis added.]

So, what I can’t figure out here is that Winston went to great lengths to hide the truth from a lot of people, including his own lawyer, took a hit on a criminal charge… and now, almost casually, goes ahead and spills the beans on what he says really went down.  Why now?

Then, again, I’m not going to be the first pick in the NFL draft, so does it really matter?

As the Arizona Cardinals general manager puts it,

Hell, maybe the suspension from the baseball team was overly harsh.

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33 responses to “The Great Crab Legs Caper of 2014

  1. Sanford222view

    Darren Urban, that is gold I tell ya! GOLD!

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  2. PTC DAWG

    More Winston BS than I can handle. Others have at it.

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  3. DawgPhan

    So the hook up game would be an NCAA violation right? even after the fact FSU could be on the hook. Stealing is not an NCAA violation, right?

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    • Merk

      Nope, stealing, rape, other heinous crimes are not an NCAA violation. However, selling your autograph or making money of any sort from the fact that you are a star athlete is a grievous occurrence that must be met with swift and severe punishment by the NCAA.

      The message, we care not if you are a criminal, but we do care if you make money.

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  4. Dog in Fla

    Jim Harbaugh once tried to test him. Jameis ate his chicken livers with some butterbeans and a nice mad dog

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  5. Merk

    Hey remember that time the GM of the Browns said they had no idea how bad Johnny Football’s off the field issues were…Yeah, these guys know, and, as this GM put it, they don’t give a rats ass unless it comes back to bite them.

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  6. AusDawg85

    I forgot to pay cause I was stealing, but it wasn’t stealing cause my boy hooked me up even though he didn’t know it. What can’t you all understand?

    Editor’s note: the preceding neither confirms nor denies my acceptance of beverages “on the house” between the ages of 16 – 22 or riding in any equine events past, present or future. Amen.

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  7. So, let me get this straight, Shamies goes from an unintentional lack of mens rea theft by taking, over to: an intentional conspiracy of theft, the act of knowingly receiving stolen property, accomplice after the fact in theft by taking, lying to police, and ratting out Publix whose employee agent provided improper benefits to multiple FSU athletes and therefore it’s a NCAA violation?

    Please, please tell me somebody at Publix received a signature from at least one FSU player,.,,

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  8. The Quincy Carter of Accountants

    This has been going on forever – story’s got legs.

    /I’ll show myself out.

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  9. ASEF

    What’s really outstanding here is how much time, effort, and energy his former school and favorite grocery store in Tallahassee still have to spend following him around with a pooper scooper.

    I mean, the man just does not understand or care (little of both?) how his decisions impact others. At all. The Lecter thing might actually apply here to a small degree.

    Good luck with this guy leading your franchise. If Publix can’t wash their hands of him after being nothing more than a petty theft victim…

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    • Cojones

      My jaws are still agape from the Student Council decision not to throw him out. That meant that the days of any student power over fellow attendees went out of the window. Has anyone brought up the now-hypocritical “Honor Code” at FSU?

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      • ASEF

        No honor court is going to withstand a $500 an hour attorney and a police cover up. But I see your point.

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        • Bulldawg165

          I agree. It’s a crying shame that a man had proper representation to fight a life-changing accusation.

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          • ASEF

            Did I say it was wring gir Cornwell to be there? No, no I didn’t.

            This is 75% of your issue. You get sarcastic over things you imagine. And then tell people to FO when they point it out.

            That is the very essence of trolling, by the way.

            Have a nice evening.

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          • Dawgfan Will

            Yeah, it’s obvious from the GM’s comments that getting kicked out of FSU would have really adversely affected his draft stock. I’ll save my sympathy for those who aren’t irresponsible jackasses, thanks.

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            • Bulldawg165

              When he brought up the student council I assumed he was referring to the rape accusations, being as he actually had a hearing with the school about it. That’s pretty big, no?

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  10. sectionzalum

    if his current story is the truth, would he have been ineligible for receiving impermissible benefits? and does he now have to stick to that story? perhaps it is what he told the NFL teams he interviewed with.

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    • Merk

      I don’t get the point to even change the story now. All that does is just put it back into the spotlight. There was nothing he was going to say that would make the situation sound any better.

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      • Gravidy

        I’m guessing the point is he thought changing the story now made it sound better in that situation. He made a snap decision when pressed by Harbaugh and thought his new story made this mythical Publix employee out to be the thief rather than him. The fact that it also transformed the whole thing into an NCAA violation after it’s too late for the NCAA to touch him is just a bonus.

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        • ASEF

          And (this is the best part) he STILL doesn’t get that he now has less privacy than a US President. Everything he says and does will be sifted for commercial value and broadcast accordingly. Everything. And he still doesn’t realize it after the last 15 months.

          Even his lawyer wonders if he is mature enough for the NFL.

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        • Bad Byron

          FWIW, a good friend and FSU alum told me right after the incident that a guy was hooking up the jocks at Publix. Famous J was just doing the clerk a solid by not ratting him out. “Winston is really a pretty good guy”. Got it.

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  11. This is why cross -examination is still the greatest engine for the discovery of the truth . It’s hard to keep your lies straight even if your smart and harder if your not.We may not know which version of “the truth” is accurate but we know they both can’t be true so it is safe to conclude that Winston is a liar and if I were an NFL owner I’d be damned if I’d waste a 1st round pick on a liar and someone who is very likely to self-destruct.

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  12. Fetchstick

    I don’t think he’s smart enough to understand that whether he got a “hookup” or not, HE is the one who removed it from the store. He just confessed to shoplifting.

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  13. Spike

    “..alleged receipt of food…” What the hell? Alleged my ass..

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