Bucs fan sorry for viral photo of Jameis Winston buying crab legs
Given his infamously notorious past involving crab legs and Publix, it was hardly surprising that a recent photograph taken by a fan of Jameis Winston shopping for said seafood at said store quickly caused a quasi-media frenzy.
But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan who took the now-viral photo wants to let Winston know he’s sorry for the stir he helped in part create.
Rory Lawrence, of Tampa, Fla., addressed his integral role in the fallout during an interview with The Tampa Tribune.
“I mainly want to let everyone know that Jameis is cool and I didn’t know that this thing would go viral like it did and to let him know that I apologize,” he said.
Lawrence specifically wanted to point out that it was “a nice experience,” especially given how Winston and Bucs were coming off a devastating 24-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints that hurt the team’s playoff chances.
“I just think that it was cool of him to take the time to take the picture after the loss of a very important game,” he said. “Most players would have probably been in a bad mood and not want to deal with fans at that time and rightfully so. But he took the time to take a picture with me and several other fans and was patient and gracious.”
Winston of course found himself at the center of controversy after he was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix during his college career with the Florida State Seminoles. The incident spawned a flurry of Internet memes and outright mockery.
As a result of the incident, Winston was briefly suspended by the Seminoles baseball team and was forced to complete 20 hours of community service.
(Publix/Winston photo courtesy of Rory Lawrence)