VISTA, CA — On Friday, February 19th, former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II agreed to accept a 14-year prison sentence for raping a homeless woman and sexually assaulting two other women.
The 37-year-old professional athlete agreed to change a previous guilty plea in order to lesson his potential sentence of 18-years in prison.
Fox News reported that in 2019, Winslow was convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas, California. Facing a retrial on other charges, he later pleaded guilty to raping an unconscious teenager in 2003 and to the 2018 sexual battery of a 54-year-old hitchhiker in Encinitas.
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) February 20, 2021
The original plea deal that Winslow made, capped his sentence at 18 years.
On Friday, a San Diego County Superior Court judge approved a change in which Winslow’s sexual battery plea was replaced with a guilty plea to assaulting the hitchhiker with the intent to commit rape.
By doing this, Winslow had decreased his potential sentence by four years, capping it at 14 years. Winslow is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
It is reported that Winslow should have been sentenced last year, however it was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Winslow played for four separate NFL teams throughout his career. In 2004, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and spent four seasons with the team. In 2007, Winslow was named to the Pro Bowl.
Following his four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Winslow also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and New York Jets. Finally ending his NFL career in 2013.
Winslow is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., who spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
Winslow is not the only NFL player to be convicted of rape recently.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) February 20, 2021
A former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers was convicted of rape and other charges in California in July of 2020.
Former three-time Pro-Bowl DT Dana Stubblefield was convicted of rape Monday and now faces 15 years to life in prison.https://t.co/0Ne2ObQDhx
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2020
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NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins fined, stripped of captain status after posting shots of maskless stripper party
December 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been fined $40,000 by his team, the National Football league’s Washington “Football Team” and has been stripped of his captain status for violating the team’s and the league’s Covid-19 protocol policies.
In a video and photos originally posted on Instagram, but now removed, and reposted via Twitter, Haskins can be seen with a group of women – most of them wearing his #7 jersey – and no one with a mask in sight.
Is this Dwayne Haskins? I really hope not. These women are all wearing Washington #7 shirts yesterday and that certainly does look like #7 himself partying maskless last night with strippers after the game. pic.twitter.com/BxgHdjuiCe
— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) December 21, 2020
The news first broke that Haskins was in a strip club when the party cranked off, but it was later discovered that the shindig occurred in a hotel room. Strippers were allegedly involved in a birthday party for his girlfriend, as reported by the New York Post.
In one story provided to the New York Post, a woman is sitting on the Washington quarterback’s lap with both parties holding wads of cash without masks on. Another story shows five maskless women wearing Washington No. 7 jerseys (Haskins’ number) and sipping mimosas around a table.
Haskins wrote on his Twitter account:
“I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday.
“I spoke with Coach [Ron] Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action.
I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”
Tom Peilssero, privy to NFL business, stated:
“The Washington Football Team is aware of social media posts showing QB Dwayne Haskins partying maskless in a strip club, was in contact with the NFL yesterday about the matter and is handling the matter internally, I’m told.
“Going to a nightclub without PPE is considered ‘High Risk COVID-19 Conduct,’ punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to four-game suspension.”
Pelissero added that NFC East-leading Washington does not plan to release the 23-year-old, who is the lone healthy quarterback on their roster with Kyle Allen out for the year and Alex Smith dealing with a calf injury.
Haskins was relegated to third-string in early October behind former undrafted free agent Allen and veteran Smith, who hadn’t played in an NFL game since 2018.
The $40,000 fine is the largest known fine for a player’s COVID-19 violation, equaling more than half of Haskins’ weekly paycheck, according to NFL Network.
The New York Post reports that Haskins told reporters Wednesday he was not at a strip club, but rather a private birthday party for his girlfriend. ESPN reported Haskins hired strippers for a party in a hotel suite. He did admit, however, that he “deserved” his punishment for putting the team at risk by not wearing a mask at a large gathering. He said he’s thus far tested negative for COVID-19.
From the New York Post:
“Haskins, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was caught partying maskless following Sunday’s 23-15 loss to the Seahawks, counting as the second time Haskins has violated the league’s coronavirus protocol.
“Earlier in the season, he made reservations for a family member to stay at the team hotel the night before a road game against the Giants.
“With the team still waiting for clarity on quarterback Alex Smith’s calf injury, Washington might have to stick with Haskins.
“He participated in practice Wednesday and with no suspensions as part of his recent punishment, head coach Ron Rivera — who informed Haskins on Monday he’d no longer be a captain — said Haskins would start if Smith can’t play.”
There were several mixed reactions to the Haskins/stripper scenario on twitter – many people made excuses for the guy, completely ignoring the league’s Covid-19 protocol policies, but one person stood against Haskins’ actions:
“Fine him and cut him. No mature man would sit around and party during a pandemic knowing their coach has gone through a battle with cancer. I’m so sick of hearing from the Dwayne fanboys, he’s not a franchise qb. Start anyone else if Alex can’t start.”
Fine him and cut him. No mature man would sit around and party during a pandemic knowing their coach has gone through a battle with cancer. I’m so sick of hearing from the Dwayne fanboys, he’s not a franchise qb. Start anyone else if Alex can’t start.
— makbeanzgaming (@makbeanzgaming) December 22, 2020
Others were supportive of Haskins:
“There is no way to know if this was after the game. This could have been before the pandemic or last year some time. Chill out until we get all the facts in. He’s not that stupid to jeopardize his job especially after breaking protocol once before. Ron don’t play and he knows it.”
“He had nearly 300 yards passing and almost brought the team back vs a goliath // he has every right to blow off some steam, feel good about himself–even in a pandemic.”
It should be noted that Haskins admitted to the party and circumstances, and said that he deserved his punishment.
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