A Tampa Bay Buccaneer for less than 24 hours and new quarterback Jameis Winston has his first, albeit mini, controversial moment under his belt.
Winston’s decision to post – and subsequently delete – an Instagram photo showing him sitting in front of a plate of crab legs drew plenty of flak from the public and media members across the nation.
The team officially introduced Winston during a press conference at 4 p.m. today and it took about a minute for the 21-year-old to have to address the situation.
“I wasn’t thinking of what would come from it,” Winston said of posting the photo. “I was just showing thanks to a good friend of mine and that I was blessed for him to provide [the crab legs] for the party for my family.”
The “good friend” Winston referred to is Capt. Keith Colburn of the reality television series “Deadliest Catch.” During a 10-minute follow-up interview with the media Friday, Winston said he’s known Colburn for about two weeks.
Winston said it didn’t dawn on him until after the negative reactions began flooding in that the posting of the picture may cause a stir.
“That’s the only reason I took the picture down,” Winston said. “I didn’t want any negative publicity for this day because that took it away from this whole organization and my family. I never would’ve expected that.
“I had no intention in that. There’ve been a lot of things that I have done that have definitely been blown out of proportion, but I was just saying thank you to a good friend. It looks like a statement, but he made my family happy.”