Kellen Winslow Jr. has been involved in one of the most bizarre, disgusting, sad and horrendous cases we’ve seen in sports over the last year.
Exactly a year ago today, we reported on Winslow Jr. being arrested for “house shopping while Black.” Little did we, and everyone else, know that it was much darker than that.
After being arrested on suspicion of burglary, he claimed innocence and posted bail. But then Winslow Jr. was quickly arrested again, this time on charges of rape and kidnapping. Turns out the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end was looking for women, particularly elderly women, to prey on, and it wasn’t his first time.
Around this time last June, Winslow Jr. was arrested and charged with “two counts of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy, one count of forcible oral copulation, two counts of residential burglary and one count of indecent exposure.”
A year later, a jury handed down the first part of the verdict.
Guilty on four of the twelve counts against him but they remained deadlocked on the eight remaining charges.
“The jury found Winslow guilty of rape by force against the victim identified as Jane Doe No. 2. He was also found guilty of indecent exposure against the victim identified as Jane Doe No. 3. Jurors also found him guilty of one count of lewd contact with the victim identified as Jane Doe No. 5, but they found him not guilty of a second count of lewd contact the same woman.
“Winslow faces a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison for the rape charge and an additional 6 months for the indecent exposure and and lewd conduct convictions.”
After further deliberation and instructions from the judge, the jury remained deadlocked and were set to report back to court around 12pm EST.
“Kellen Winslow took from these women what he wanted,” said Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens to the jury in his closing argument. “Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again. This man took what he wanted from them and threw them away like trash because that’s what he thought of them.”
As of now, Winslow will remain behind bars. The only question is for how long.
We’ll keep you updated as more information is released.