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Dad: Winston should 'have somebody around him 24/7'

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 12 2014 05:48:15 PM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 10:01:12 AM CDT
Florida State QB Jameis Winston, November 2013

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The father of Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston told USA Today that the school can do more because his son is "supposed to have somebody around him 24/7."

Soon after Winston had been cited for shoplifting after leaving a Tallahassee, Fla., supermarket without paying for $32 of crab legs, the quarterback sent a lengthy text message to his father and told him he was fine and ready to return to the baseball team after being banned for four days. He was reinstated on May 25 after performing 20 hours of community service.

Antonor Winston said someone needs to make sure his son is doing the right things while he is on campus.

"I think it should show the university and us, I think we probably kind of dropped the ball on that a little bit," Antonor Winston told USA Today.

"He's supposed to have somebody around him 24/7. He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he's) definitely not supposed to be by (himself)."

Since Winston won the Heisman in December, FSU has provided additional security on athletics trips and road baseball games, athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement to USA Today.

"We are committed to doing everything in our power within NCAA rules to provide Jameis Winston with the resources he needs to thrive as a student and an athlete," Wilcox said. "We will continue to work with Jameis and his family to make them aware of all the support services the university has to offer."

Winston has been involved in several incidents since arriving on campus. In July 2012, police were called to a fast food restaurant after an employee said that Winston was stealing soda. In November 2012, authorities questioned Winston and others after windows were broken at apartment complex in a BB gun fight. Winston did not get charged in either incident.

In November 2013, Winston was accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, though authorities did not prosecute due to lack of evidence. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into Florida State's handling of the sexual assault allegations.

Winston will face no further punishment in football resulting from the shoplifting incident, coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday, according to CBSSports.com.

"He won't," Fisher said during the first day of the ACC spring meetings. "His punishment went through the school and through baseball.

"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. To him, that's (missing baseball) just as devastating. To me too, I like baseball."

Winston led Florida State to the BCS national championship last season as a freshman, starring in the undefeated Seminoles' 34-31 victory over Auburn in the title game. He tossed the winning touchdown in the closing seconds.

On the season, Winston passed for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

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