Winston reinstated to FSU baseball team

Jameis Winston's suspension from the Florida State baseball team is over.

Just four days after Winston's suspension from the team was announced, following his failure to pay for prepared food that he took from a grocery store Tuesday, FSU coach Mike Martin confirmed that his closer is back on the team.

"Winston is reinstated," said Martin, following the Seminoles' 7-1 victory over Minnesota Sunday. "He finished his community service and as soon as he did he came over here, and we reinstated him."

Although the two-sport star was not arrested for theft, Publix and the Leon County Sheriff's Office agreed to let Winston enter a pre-trial diversion program that required him to complete 20 hours of community service.

Thursday Winston had at meeting at DISC Village, which is a non-profit agency that assists in coordinating intervention programs in Leon County. Part of Winston's meeting with DISC Village including finding places for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to fulfill his community service obligation.

The YMCA was one of multiple places that Winston volunteered at over the last few days.

"He jumped right into it," said Tim Jansen, who is Winston's attorney. "He wanted to get it out of the way and he wanted to get back to the team. It's not easy getting 20 hours done in such a short time."

Following the Seminoles three-game sweep of the Gophers, which Winston did not participate in, Martin was asked if he considered suspending the two-sport star beyond his community service obligation.

"When I got all the facts is when I said 'When he's fulfilled his obligation, he will be reinstated,'" Martin said.

Winston, who was not at Dick Howser Stadium before the Seminoles and Gophers met for Game 3 of the series, was first spotted in the FSU dugout in the second inning. And he was in full uniform.

The closer currently has a 1-0 record, five saves and a 1.50 ERA.

Democrat staff writer Karl Etters contributed to this report.


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