He was a "soldier" at the University of Miami, a bad motorcycle rider for the Cleveland Browns, and he was allegedly a rental home wrecker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That is, if you are to believe a lawsuit made by a San Diego-area landlord against veteran tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr.
Winslow, 28, is accused of destroying a $2 million home he rented for six months last year, leaving it smelling like the nearby San Diego Zoo. High-end Persian rugs and carpeting were stained with dog urine and littered with dog feces, according to the lawsuit, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. The home was "overpowered" was a putrid stench of animal waste.
The home's owners, Ahmad and Nona Zarei are seeking $133,000 in damages done to the walls, floors and furniture in addition to the rugs. The suit claims "numerous holes" were punctured in the master bedroom walls. In addition, cigarette and cigar burn holes marked up the outdoor furniture.
Winslow's attorney has run to his client's defense, calling the claims "bogus" and a "shakedown of a professional athlete."
"They want to portray it as though Kellen Winslow had a fraternity of football friends partying," Brian Watkins, Winslow's legal representative, said.
"But the house was rented for his wife, who was pregnant. She was living there with her mother and a housekeeper. There was no partying going on. Kellen was rarely even there."
In any event, a lawyer for the homeowners claims to have pictures documenting the damage done by someone during Winslow's $9,000 a month rental.
He was traded from the Bucs to the Seattle Seahawks this week.
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