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Sexual assault trial of former Canes- Bucs TE Winslow underway

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

All the way out in San Diego, California, the sensational and disturbing trial of former Miami Hurricanes All- American and number one pick tight end, Kellen Winslow II, got underway Monday. Winslow is on trial facing 12 different counts ranging from lewd conduct to sexual assault involving five separate women and incidents.

The jury was seated in San Diego County Court on Friday and Monday morning the prosecution took nearly 90 minutes to lay out the charges and the case against Winslow. Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens went into lengthy and at times sickening detail about what Winslow is accused to have done to numerous women, including several over the age of 60, over the course of the last couple of years.

We wrote last summer about the charges surrounding the former Hurricanes National Champion star, who was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns in 2004. The bizarre allegations are enough to turn your stomach.

Winslow is alleged to have raped separate middle aged women, 54 and 58 years old, one in March of 2018 and again, in May of last year. Prosecutors detailed that the women were both allegedly picked up as hitchhikers or transients by Winslow, and then, allegedly raped. The prosecution further alleged, Winslow threatened to kill both women, if they went to the police.

Further, they believe Winslow was apparently was attempting to rape another 71 year old and an 86 year old earlier that June at the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park.

That’s when a neighbor in the mobile home park spotted him going into a mobile home and confronted him.

Winslow left in a black SUV, but was found by authorities a short time later, and arrested after a traffic stop.

Since that time, the DA’s office in San Diego County has decided to combine all of the accusations against all the women into one trial. This also includes, a new revelation that Winslow allegedly raped a seventeen-year-old at a San Diego home in the summer of 2003, while he was still a player at Miami.

As for the defense, Winslow’s lawyer Brian Watkins spoke for only around 10 minutes and basically, dismissed the allegations that the prosecution was making against Winslow. Repeatedly, Watkins alluded to the “Jane Doe” testimony or evidence that they say simply didn’t exist or is being made up.

It has long been speculated that one of the defense arguments would be is that Winslow is potentially suffering from head trauma or effects of CTE. And, that that could explain some of the alleged bizarre behavior and allegations against him.

This includes, when Winslow had his bail revoked back in February after allegedly touching another elderly woman at a San Diego fitness facility, and then, began touching his genitals and making lewd comments to her.

Winslow is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, and played for the Hurricanes from 2001 through 2003. He earned All-American honors and the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end in his final season.

Winslow was the sixth overall pick of the Browns in the 2004 draft, where he reunited with the coach that recruited him and coached him originally at Miami, Butch Davis.

After his rookie season Winslow suffered a horrific knee and leg injuries in a motorcycle accident in a Cleveland suburb mall parking lot. He was unable to play in the 2005 season, because of the injuries.

Winslow played three more seasons for the Browns before being traded in the 2009 offseason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for a second and fifth round picks, the Bucs acquired Winslow and gave him, at that time, the largest contract for a tight end in NFL history with $36 million over six seasons.

In his first season in Tampa Bay he set the Bucs single season tight end receiving record with 77 catches and 884 yards. He led the team in receptions again in 2010, as the Bucs finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. In his final Buccaneers season of 2011 Winslow finished with 75 receptions in a dismal 4-12 year.

Winslow was traded in the offseason of 2012 to the Seattle Seahawks, but they released him months later, when he refused to reduce his salary.

He bounced after that to the New England Patriots and the New York Jets with his final season being 2013. With the Jets, he only started three games, and was also suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the League’s substance-abuse policy.

The trial is expected to last at least two weeks but perhaps, much longer and witness testimony is slated to begin on Tuesday.

If convicted on the most serious charges Winslow is looking at life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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