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A Florida State University Twitter campaign backfired Sunday when it invited Seminoles fans to ask questions of quarterback Jameis Winston.
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, became the subject of media mockery for shoplifting crab legs and was previously investigated in the alleged rape of an FSU student.
"#Noles Fans: Do you have a question for our starting QB Jameis Winston? Tweet us using #AskJameis," FSU Football tweeted.
"Hey @Jaboowins, how do you expect to evade defenses next year if you couldn't even dodge Publix security guards?" tweeted Andrew Marcinko.
"What's more difficult to evade, a rape charge, a publix employee, or Auburns defense?" wrote Jake O'Donnell.
"I'm over here looking for a job while somebody in Florida State's marketing dept thought #askjameis would be a good idea. Life isn't fair," tweeted Jacob Pickle.
Sports information director Elliott Finebloom said they expected some negativity, but didn't anticipate the scope of it, the Associated Press reported.
Mr. Winston was issued a civil citation in April for stealing $32.72 worth of seafood from a local Publix.
The sophomore, who also plays for FSU's baseball team, has had previous issues with the law, but no arrests have been made.
Last year, he was investigated for allegedly raping an FSU student, but he was not charged because of a lack of evidence.
In November, Mr. Winston was questioned about his involvement in a BB gun battle at an apartment complex near Doak Campbell Stadium.
And in July, a Burger King employee reported to police that Mr. Winston was stealing soda.