Former NFL Tight End Charged In Rape Of 17-Year-Old

William Boyd | Contributor

Kellen Winslow Jr. has now been charged in the rape of an unconscious 17-year-old girl 15 years ago, according to TMZ.

Two new charges were added to charges of kidnapping and raping two women earlier this year in California. He was facing nine charges as a result of that case, including two counts of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, two counts of rape, one count of forcible sodomy, and two counts of residential burglary. If convicted on all of the charges, he would face life in prison.

The bail is currently set at $2 million for for Winslow Jr., who has been in jail since June 14. He allegedly picked up the two hitchhiking women, one in March and one in May, drove them to an isolated location, and raped them. He then allegedly threatened to kill them if they told anyone about the incident.

On Wednesday during the hearings, one of the women accusing Winslow of the rape identified his lawyer, Brian Watkins, as the assailant. Watkins then told the judge during the recess, “She ID’d me. I didn’t have anything to do this. You better not write that I did.”

Watkins now says he will use this as a reason for Winslow not doing the crime, since she was unable to identify Winslow in court.

Winslow Jr. has pleaded not guilty to all charges being brought against him.

Winslow Jr. was drafted sixth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was a bit of a NFL journeyman in his 10-year NFL career. He played for the Browns, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Patriots and Jets before being suspended in 2013 for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy. He was suspended for four games and never played again in the NFL.

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