Kellen Winslow, Jr. pled guilty Monday to raping an unconscious 17- year old female in 2003 and to sexual battery involving a 54 – year – old hitchhiker.
Winslow was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, making him one of the highest- selected tight ends in decades.
At one point he was the highest-paid in the NFL.
He was born into football. His father was a tight end for the San Diego Chargers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Football records, trophies, and success, Winslow’s life was supposed to be picture perfect.
Five women took the witness stand this summer. and three of them were expected to testify again.
Although the women were ready to testify, they did not have to take the stand again.
A 2017 poll by ABC News and The Washington Post found that 54% of American women report receiving “unwanted and inappropriate” sexual advances with 95% saying that such behavior usually goes unpunished.
Winslow had two options: Take an offer to plead guilty in a plea deal that would send him to prison for 12 to 18 years. Or He could go back to trial and risk a life sentence in prison.
According to ESPN, Winslow reached an arm out to his father as he left the courtroom. But this time his father couldn’t save him.