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Jameis Winston says Publix employee “hooked us up” with crab legs

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Jameis Winston has bigger issues to worry about than his appropriation-without-remuneration of crab legs last year.

But as the Florida State quarterback is on the verge of becoming the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the story has come up again, with an unusual twist.

Via the Sporting News, Winston told Michigan (and former 49ers) coach Jim Harbaugh that a store employee was giving him the crab legs.

While taping a “Draft Academy” special for ESPN, Winston was being grilled by Harbaugh and Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, when Fisch brought up the crab incident.

Perhaps the most ridiculous part is that the hyper-focused Harbaugh seems to have been the only person in America who hadn’t heard of it, with a genuinely puzzled look on his face as he asked Winston: “Stone crabs?”

“Well, a week before it was my buddy’s birthday and we had got a cake and we met a dude that worked inside Publix and he said, ‘Hey, anytime you come in here, I got you.’” Winston said. “So that day we just walked out and he hooked us up with that.

“And when I went in to get crab legs, did the same thing and he just gave them to me and I walked out. Someone from inside the store had told the security that I didn’t pay for them, and that’s how the whole thing started.”


While the Buccaneers are probably more concerned with things like rape allegations or whether Winston throws too many interceptions, the idea of a player receiving free food from a local business should be of interest to some.

Namely, the NCAA, which used to monitor the cream cheese schools could provide for free bagels, while schools and coaches profit handsomely from the players who are forced to rely on the kindness of seafood-bearing strangers.