By Don Comas – Follow on Twitter @joshuajacobbs
The National Football League or NFL as we like to call it has some of the most amazing athletes in the world. They are some of the strongest men in the world, some able to bench press over 600 pounds. When we watch football on Sundays we are in awe at the speed, strength, and agility of these large mammoth individuals. Their arm span, jumping prowess, eye and hand coordination, can be compared to a few. We root for our home teams and curse the visiting team. If it’s a road game we will always be on our team’s side. Even if that team in particular is absolutely horrid. We as fans will always have the back of our favorite sports team.
Some see these athletes as a type of deity. People worship these guys and place them on such high pedestals that even the players themselves could never live up to the hype. Only a few have reached the expectations of the fans, owner, coach, and at times themselves, but when it happens they are folklore heroes. When a player has risen to these ranks he can almost do no wrong. However, there are times when a player is not invincible, and most of these times occur “off the field.”
Many athletes have royally messed up but the general public has forgiven them. Other times, in the case of some like Aaron Hernandez formerly of the New England Patriots, we find it hard to forgive. Then, there are other times when football players just do some very dumb, idiotic, and bizarre things. Take for instance in recent news, New York Jets Tight End, Kellen Winslow who has just branded himself into a new type of trouble.
He has been initially charged with masturbating in a Target parking lot. This is his second illegal offense since November and he could face a slew of new charges. One would think, excessive use of the hands would be this crime. But according to NJ.com a female witness discovered a person exposing his genitals and penis erect. She immediately called police and upon their arrival an officer found a suspect “moving around in circular motions.”
The police walked towards the Cadillac Escalade and approached Winslow. He claims he was simply lost looking for a Boston Market. Upon survey, all officers on the scene said his genitals were not exposed. According to her account she pulled up right next to him and “noticed a male siting in the driver seat with his window open. As she exited her vehicle, she commented to him how cold it was. As she stood near the open driver side window …. She ( saw that he was exposed below the waist ) believed to be pleasuring himself.
Upon further investigation police also found empty containers of “Funky Monkey”, plastic bags of synthetic marijuana, along with 2 open containers of Vaseline. This finding is rather interesting being that Winslow’s reps are stating this as an “unfounded and ridiculous” charge. However, this is not Winslow’s first offense. Just last month he was found possessing another type of synthetic marijuana called, Fubinaca which if convicted he could face up to 5 years in prison. On December 23rd the police took the items from Winslow’s car and had it tested stating it was indeed “Mr. Happy” a synthetic form. He tested positive back in October for violating the NFL league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Winslow has previously stated he smokes the “legal synthetic marijuana” and that he purchases of the internet.
His representatives are working overtime trying to clean up his image and his reputation. A rep from EAG Sports Management, Denise White said, “There was absolutely nothing inappropriate that took place and if police would have investigated it further and charged Kellen, which they did not.” These embarrassing details will definitely put a hamper on his career. But his publicist insists, “Kellen pulled over to a parking lot to smoke what he thought at the time was a legal substance. He changed his clothes in his vehicle as to not smell like smoke when he returned home.”
The police have not and cannot charge Winslow with a crime because there are no witness’s. If anything happened at all, it is up to the woman to follow through with her complaint. According to New Jersey police, most people do not.