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Winston's father says he, FSU 'dropped the ball' on supervision

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Jameis Winston's father says he and Florida St. should handle his son's fame better. (USATSI)
Jameis Winston's father says he and Florida State should handle his son's fame better. (USATSI)
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Jameis Winston's recent citation for shoplifting crab legs at a Tallahassee Publix may be a minor black eye for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in the long run, but Winston's father told USA Today he's taking it seriously -- and that he and the school need to do a better job of keeping the Seminoles superstar out of trouble.

"We hope so," Antonor Winston said when asked if Winston would learn from the incident. "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."

"He's supposed to have somebody around him 24/7," Antonor Winston said. "He a Heisman Trophy winner so [he's] definitely not supposed to be by [himself].

To be fair to Florida State , 24/7 surveillance seems a bit extreme for any 20-year-old college student, even one as famous -- and, arguably, trouble-prone -- as Winston. Seminoles athletic director Stan Wilcox did tell USA Today that the school is "committed to doing everything in our power within NCAA rules" to support Winston, and that additional security measures have been taken for Winston's road baseball trips and other athletic activities.

In the end, with the rape allegations against him ending without charges and the crab leg theft highly likely to not result in a football suspension, Winston's on-field career isn't likely to see any setbacks from his off-field image issues -- and despite his school's and his father's best intentions, it will be up to him to make sure that remains the case.

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