By Brendan Sonnone | FSU Chopping Block
2:37 PM EDT, May 11, 2014
Jameis Winston’s father would like his son to receive supervision “24/7,” according to a report by USA Today.
Antonor Winston believes FSU and Winston’s family “dropped the ball” in preparing the quarterback for life after winning the Heisman Trophy.
Winston was given a civil citation and had to perform 20 hours of community service after shoplifting seafood from a Tallahassee grocery market in April. Antonor Winston told USA Today that he is working with the school on how to best handle his son’s fame.
“He's supposed to have somebody around him 24/7,” Antonor Winston told the newspaper. “He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he's) definitely not supposed to be by (himself).”
FSU has provided additional security on athletics trips and road baseball games.
Winston has become a national topic of conversation. He’s received praise for his on-field performance after becoming the first player to win both a Heisman Trophy and national championship as a redshirt freshman.
But off the field, Winston has turned into a lightning rod for controversy. The shoplifting incident was the latest in a series of legal issues for Winston. Police were called to a Burger King after an employee complained of Winston stealing soda in July, 2012. Later that year he was questioned after windows were broken at an apartment complex in a BB gun battle. He was not charged in either incident.
The magnitude of the aforementioned events pale in comparison to Winston’s involvement in a sexual assault investigation. A former FSU student accused Winston of rape in Dec. 2012. The state attorney’s office did not charge Winston and the case was dropped this past December.
"It's just a different standard for [Jameis] and [previous Heisman Trophy winner Johnny [Manziel]," Antonor Winston told USA Today. “He's just got to endure, just make better decisions and he's just got to endure that.”
Copyright © 2014, Orlando Sentinel