Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr., 35, was arrested and charged June 8 with burglary, according to a report from the San Diego County Sheriff’s department.
On Friday afternoon, Winslow was house hunting for his mother-in-law, his management team spokesperson said. According to the sheriff’s office, they were called about a mobile home burglary at the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park, a senior citizen trailer community.
The resident said an unknown black male had walked into a neighbor’s mobile home and when confronted said he was looking for his dog, Clifford.
Deputies later located Winslow, arrested him on residential burglary and booked him into the Vista Detention Center.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Winslow Says he Never Went in the Trailer Owned by His Wife’s Church Friends
According to his publicist Denise White, CEO of EAG Sports Management, Winslow was house hunting for his mother-in-law, never went inside, and the residence in question belongs to friends who attend church with his wife, White said in an email to NBC News.
“An over-reactive neighbor called police after she saw Kellen walking around a mobile home.”
The sheriff’s report says the neighbor claimed to have seen Winslow enter the trailer.
2. Winslow Said he Was Looking for ‘My Dog, It’s Red, Name is Clifford’
According to local media reports, the neighbor who said she called police, though the police report identified the caller as “he,” said when she saw Winslow and didn’t recognize him asked:
“Can I help you with anything. He said, ‘Nope, just looking for my dog.’ I go, ‘What dog?’ and he said, ‘Well, it’s a red dog, Clifford.’ And I went, ‘There’s no dog here.’ I said, I’m not comfortable with this, you need to leave. And he just stood there and he went, ‘Alright then.’”
The Root reported that White said that Winslow does have a red dog named Clifford, but was being “sarcastic” when responding tot he woman inquiring why he was at the trailer park.
3. If Convicted on a Residential Burglary Charge, Winslow Could Face 6 Years in Prison
In a statement, Winslow’s attorney Harvey A. Steinberg said his client “emphatically denies committing any burglary. He would have no need to burglarize or steal anything from anyone at a trailer park,” The Root reported.
In California, a conviction on a charge of burglarizing a home could mean up to six years in prison but the amount of a sentence depends on the degree of the charge: first degree burglary is breaking into an inhabited dwelling or the lesser second degree burglary.
The report from the SDCSO only specifies residential burglary but NBC San Diego reported that Winslow, after being in jail for more than five hours before being released after posting bail, was facing a first-degree burglary charge where the maximum can be up to six years in prison.
4. Son of the Chargers Hall of Famer, Winslow Played With Several NFL Teams
A native of Southern California, Winslow would go on to be a ‘Cane at the University of Miami before joining the NFL in 2004. He remained in the league until 2013.
Winslow was with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Jets and in 2007, was chosen to the Pro Bowl with the Cleveland Browns. His father is NFL Hall of Fame tight end and Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers.
5. Winslow Who it was Reported in 2016 Was Looking at a Comeback, Has Had Legal Trouble Before
He was interviewed in 2016 where he said he believed he still had the potential and skills to be “one of the top 10 guys in the league.”
There haven’t been any videos posted to his YouTube channel in a year, and his most recent Instagram post is from October of 2017 but for most of 2016, he appears to have been working on a return to the NFL. It’s not clear where that dream stands.
In 2013, Winslow was accused of smoking synthetic weed and masturbating in a New Jersey Target parking lot. Fox News reported at the time that a statement from his team explained he was just changing clothes and thought what he was smoking was legal.
Source: Heavy Sports