FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, Florida State relief pitcher Jameis Winston throws in the ninth inning of an NCAA college baseball game against Miami in Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida State baseball team has indefinitely suspended Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who is a relief pitcher for the Seminoles. Baseball coach Mike Martin said in a statement Wednesday, April 30, 2014, that Winston was issued a citation the night before, but he did not give specifics. The Leon County Sheriff's Office has declined comment. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
Following his civil citation and suspension from the FSU baseball team, 20-year old Jameis Winston issued the following statement.
Jameis Winston Statement:
"As reported in the news, last night I received an adult civil citation for petit theft from a local supermarket. I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I'm taking full responsibility. In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items.
"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. I make no excuses for my actions and will learn and grow from this unfortunate situation. I hope and pray my friends and family will view me as the 20-year-old young man that I am, and support me through this unfortunate situation.
"I am grateful to be able to participate in the adult citation program where I will complete community service."
Baseball Coach Mike Martin and Football Coach Jimbo Fisher are in agreement about Winston's punishment and suspension. They expressed confidence in his ability to accept responsibility and face the consequences in a mature manner.