Speaking to USA Today roughly two weeks after his son, Jameis, was cited for shoplifting at Publix, a Tallahassee grocery store, Antonor Winston admitted he and Florida State could have done a better job preparing the quarterback for the spotlight.
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Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner who helped lead Florida State to a national championship last January, stole $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish on April 29. He was cited and not allowed to return to the Seminoles’ baseball team prior to completing 20 hours of community service.
Following the four-day suspension, Jameis Winston sent a text message to his father:
“I know what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger actually being suspended was the best days of my life!
“When I get older we gone laugh at this petty stuff IM GOOD that’s all that matters ignore minor comments or people that ain’t livin MY life”
Antonor Winston said himself and the university should now be more aware of the issues that surround Jameis Winston.
“We hope so,” Antonor Winston said. “Not only him. I think it should show the university and us, I think we probably kind of dropped the ball on that a little bit.”
Florida State is working on figuring out how to monitor its star athlete.
“He’s supposed to have somebody around him 24/7,” says Antonor Winston. “He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he’s) definitely not supposed to be by (himself).”
Antonor Winston went as far to compare his son’s situation to that of former Heisman winners Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow.
“It’s just a different standard for (Jameis) and Johnny (Manziel),” says Antonor Winston. “He’s just got to endure, just make better decisions and he’s just got to endure that.”