The ol’ Jameis Winston shoplifting story apparently has… ahem… legs.

That’s right, as in crab legs.

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Nearly a year after the April 29, 2014 incident at a Publix store in Tallahassee broke — and with a little more than a week to go before he becomes the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft — Winston has finally broken his silence about how and why he left without paying for $32 worth of seafood.

And he has a plausible (for him) explanation.

In an interview with none other than new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh as part of ESPN’s Draft Academy, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback said he in fact didn’t steal the crab legs – even though he was cited for shoplifting and did community service to pay his penance. Rather, they were given to him by an employee that he had befriended in an earlier visit to the grocery store.

That’s right… Jameis had the ol’ hook up.

“How I’m supposed to handle, like, if I just got them for free? I just say, ‘I just messed up?'” Winston told Harbaugh. And when the new Wolverines boss asked Winston to elaborate on what happened, Famous Jameis revealed it wasn’t the first time he had received free food from someone working at that Publix location.

A week prior — according to Winston — he and some friends went to the store to buy a birthday cake for a buddy. “We met a dude that worked inside Publix and he said, ‘Hey, anytime you come in here, I got you.’ So that day we just walked out and he hooked us up with that,” Winston said.

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And that’s what set up the crab leg incident, Winston says.

“When I came in to get crab legs, I did the same thing and he just gave them to me and I walked out,” Winston confided to Harbaugh. “And someone from inside the store had told the security that I didn’t pay for them. And that’s how the whole thing started.”

So it was all a simple misunderstanding. Even though we’ve previously never heard from any Publix employee about a “Jameis hook up.”

But it all sounds on the up-and-up, especially to that noted bastion of Florida State Seminole integrity: head coach Jimbo Fisher.

When he was asked about the latest comments and explanation from Winston, Fisher said he knew nothing about it, but “If [Winston] says it is, I guess it is.”

So there you go. In a nutshell, that basically explains away the past two years Winston spent in Tallahassee.

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Yes, Criminole indeed.