Kellen Winslow Jr., out of the NFL since 2013, was house-shopping for his mother-in-law when he was arrested on suspicion of burglary in Southern California on Thursday, a representative for the former player says.
Winslow was arrested after police were called for a suspected break-in at a mobile home park in Encinitas, Calif. around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. A neighbor had reported a suspicious person entering a residence that wasn’t his, then leaving in a black SUV after being confronted.
“It came down to a neighbor overreacting,” his publicist, Denise White, CEO of EAG Sport Management, said in an email cited by a local Fox affiliate Saturday.
White says Winslow was looking for a home for his wife’s mother and that his wife attends church with the elderly couple who owned the home in question.
Winslow’s lawyer, Harvey A. Weinberg, also issued a statement saying Winslow “emphatically denies” any burglary attempt.
“He would have no need to burglarize or steal anything from anyone at a trailer park. He looks forward to being vindicated once this matter is fully investigated and adjudicated through the court system,” the statement reads, in part.
Sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer told The San Diego Union-Tribune that Winslow had been “positively identified” after deputies in the area saw a vehicle matching the description of the SUV.
The neighbor told police that Winslow said he was looking for his red dog, Clifford, when asked what he was doing there. White says Winslow was being sarcastic when he answered.
Winslow, who grew up in the area and was a local prep star, was being held on $50,000 bail on one count of first-degree burglary on Thursday night.
The Cleveland Browns drafted Winslow sixth overall out of Miami in the 2004 NFL Draft. He started 40 games in four seasons with the Browns before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.
Winslow, 34, also briefly played for the New England Patriots before spending his final season with the New York Jets. He missed four games that season after being suspended under the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
In 105 career games, Winslow finished with 469 catches for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Winslow is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow.
—Field Level Media