When news broke Wednesday morning of Heisman Trophy-winning Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston stealing crab legs from a supermarket, much of the attention was on Winston running afoul of the law yet again and what impact it may have on his future.
That’s fair, but it might not be the most important aspect of the story.
Sports blog Deadspin pointed readers to the Twitter feed of two-sport Florida State athlete Marquez White.
He had some very interesting thoughts on the situation. While he did send one post that he was by no means condoning theft, White pointed out the need for change.
He was posting all morning, but his thoughts are edited together and condensed in the quote below.
White began by saying athletes were only getting one meal per day this week because it’s exam week.
“Florida State should feed us more than one meal a day this week and people wouldn’t have to steal food. The NCAA should change it to where we can have jobs in the offseason,” he said. “They need to just pay us. Our schedules are compatible to a 40-hour work week. You really learn how to hustle when you get to school. This really has me heated. Add in the mandatory tutoring, study hall and class. Then the athletes with kids.
“Now accepting sugar mama applications.”
White took a firestorm of criticism on the social media site from people calling him a complainer and not appreciating his scholarship, but he made some valid points.
He even interjected a bit of humor later in the day, perhaps taking a shot at Winston’s expensive tastes.
“Definitely would’ve went for the smoked ham and wheat bread though,” White posted.