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Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. spent five hours in jail last week after being arrested on suspicion of burglary, a charge his representative says was due to “an over-reactive neighbor.”
Winslow was apprehended Thursday by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department after he was seen walking around a mobile home park in Encinitas. When he was first questioned by a resident of the park, Winslow allegedly said he was looking for his big red dog, Clifford.
Denise White of EAG Sport Management told NBC News Winslow was house-shopping for his mother-in-law and was being “sarcastic” when he was questioned by the neighbor about what he was doing there.
After Winslow left, the neighbor called police with a description of the former first-round pick’s vehicle. He was picked up a short time later.
Winslow’s attorney, Harvey A. Steinberg, said in a statement Winslow “emphatically denies committing any burglary.”
Winslow, 34, is the son of NFL Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow. He played in the NFL for nine seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and New York Jets. His best season was in 2007 with the Browns, when he caught 82 passes for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Winslow hasn’t played since 2013, but has reportedly been interested in making a comeback each of the past two seasons.
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