According to Marcellus Wiley, Jameis Winston "took the sword" over the alleged shoplifting incident.
Jameis Winston's 'falling on the sword' 2 protect his teammates & 'higher ups' who knew of this Publix taking care of players for years! #YO— Marcellus Wiley (@marcelluswiley) May 1, 2014
This story is far and away more believable than the "Oh, I forgot to pay for it story." You know, that whole "youthful ignorance" story. Because if true, it could mean trouble. It's a story that Publix cannot corroborate for fear of making what should be an isolated incident and turning it into a broader investigation. Winston being the fall guy quenches the blood thirsty; it meets all the necessary criteria. A notable figure, suspended, in trouble, and ridiculed.
This story is also so consistent with why Winston's statement fell flat and seemed empty. The statement was written by attorneys to ensure that this problem goes away and not by Winston because Winston didn't believe that he did anything wrong. He was just taking advantage of something dozens of other players were privy and entitled to receiving.
The thing is, Wiley shouldn't have tweeted this. If you're going to let someone fall on their sword, let them do it quietly.
Just when we thought #crabgate would go away.