Off the field issues are nothing new in the NFL but the story of Kellen Winslow Jr being found guilty of rape is one of the strangest in a long time.
What Exactly is Going On?
It’s impossible to get inside Kellen Winslow Jr’s head and figure out why he was doing these things. The fact that he is a former football player will lead some to speculate that his behavior stems from head trauma. We aren’t here to speculate and the fact is that five accusers in total have very similar stories about him. On Monday Winslow Jr was found guilty of the rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman. The jury was able to reach a verdict on 4 of the 12 counts in total against him. He was also found guilty of two misdemeanor charges, one involving a lewd act on a 77-year-old woman that used to attend the same gym as him. The other was against a 54-year-old woman that he exposed himself to. He was found not guilty of a fourth charge, committing a lewd act on the same 77-year-old woman.
As confusing as it may seem that a former NFL player that made over $40 million dollars during his career would do this to older women, that is not the point of this story. A closer look tells us that these acts seem premeditated considering none of these women knew each other but their stories are very similar. The Defense tried to argue that these women are trying to extort Winslow Jr which seems improbable for a few reasons. The first would be that the GPS on his automobile matches the location of their stories. The other thing is that they all claim to not have known he was famous which is possible since it seems like he was the one to initiate contact. The homeless woman that he was found guilty of raping said that he had helped her with food and cash in the past. When he raped her on Mother’s Day, she said that he invited her out for coffee. This doesn’t mean she didn’t know who he was nor does it prove what her intentions were but it sure makes him look very guilty. This is a woman who is in a vulnerable position in life and he gained her trust by helping her in the past which is how they know each other. If he invited her out of coffee, then he is the one that set the table for what happened once she got in his vehicle. This incident and the alleged rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker are said to have taken place between March 2018 and February 2019.
Where Did It Go Wrong for Winslow?
It’s hard to say when he became a sexual predator but considering a woman that heard about this story came forward and said that Winslow had raped her back in 2003 when she was 17 and he was 19, it may have always been there under the surface. A lot of people are quick to claim that maybe he suffered some kind of head injuries that are making him lash out. The former Tight End played for the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccs, New York Jets and New England Patriots during his 10 year career.
This video from his days as a Cleveland Browns player doesn’t make him seem very mentally stable:
While that video doesn’t prove that there’s anything wrong with him, it shows you that he is capable of acting out in ways that seem extremely aggressive. As the son of a Hall of Fame player (Kellen Winslow Sir) this story will not go away anytime soon. He faces the possibility of life in prison if found guilty of all counts.