Short-time Patriots Tight End Faces Life in Prison After Being Found Guilty of Rape

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, could be going to jail for the rest of his life after he was found guilty of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman in May of last year. The verdict was made earlier this week but the jury will also talk about two more counts of rape: one allegedly also happening in 2018 and involving a 54-year-old, and another from 2003 when Winslow was 19.

After a standout career at Miami, Winslow was the sixth overall pick back in 2004. He suffered many injuries in the first two seasons in the league but started to live up to his draft status over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Another injury caused the Cleveland Browns to trade him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He went on to play three years in Tamba Bay before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2012 offseason. The team released him shortly after and he found his way to the New England Patriots after a two-week stint on the open market.

After playing only one game with the Patriots, Winslow asked from his release from the Patriots because he was unhappy with how the team used him and his limited playing time. He then signed with the New York Jets and tried to revitalize his career in 2016, but he never returned to the NFL.

A year ago, news broke out that Winslow was arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape. He is found guilty on one count and is still waiting for the verdict on other two cases. According to reports, he was also found guilty of lewd conduct and indecent exposure involving two other women.

At the moment, Winslow has six other felonies and two misdemeanors that a jury is deliberating on. So far, he faces eight years in prison but that number could rise if he is found guilty of the other charges.