ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA — A former NFL player wanted to find his mother-in-law a new home. However, he found himself getting placed in cuffs after one senseless event.
According to NBC News, 34-year-old, Kellen Winslow, Jr. — former tight end for various teams — was house hunting for his mother-in-law in southern California.
However, he couldn’t do that in peace due to a nosy neighbor.
The source says a person called the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office around 2:39 p.m. and reported a possible burglary. The person stated that a “Black male adult walked into a neighbor’s residence.”
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The neighbor told authorities she didn’t recognize Winslow as the home’s resident. So, before police could arrive on-scene, this neighbor reportedly approached Winslow with a gang of questions.
The source also mentions a neighbor told local news that Winslow told the nosy person he was looking for his red dog, Clifford. According to Winslow’s representative, Denise White, he actually has a red dog named Clifford.
However, White says the neighbor took it as Winslow being “sarcastic when answering her questions about what he was doing there.”
Yet, given what’s been happening to Blacks when whites feel fearful and call cops, Winslow seemingly decided it’d be best to leave. Unfortunately, sheriff deputies stopped him as he drove nearby.
The neighbor reportedly gave authorities his vehicle information as well. And, of course, Winslow was arrested and booked on suspicion of burglary.
‘AN OVERREACTIVE NEIGHBOR’
According to the source, Winslow’s representative calls the woman an “overreactive neighbor.” White continues by explaining this area was a mobile home park.
Specifically, his attorney — Harvey A. Steinberg — mentions that Kellen Winslow, Jr. has “no need to burglarize or steal anything from anyone at a trailer park.”
Likewise, even the owner admitted that Winslow never went inside the home or took anything at all.
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“[Winslow] looks forward to being vindicated once this matter is fully investigated and adjudicated through the court system,” Steinberg said in a statement.
And get this…
The source says Winslow spent five hours in jail before posting $50,000 bail, according to Daily Mail.
As in, due to this nonsensical neighbor, Winslow STILL had to post bail in order to get out. Too, if convicted, he faces 6 years behind bars.
Yet, in a previous Black Loop report, a white teen was released from custody — no bail required — after having hospitalized a teacher (POC), even after being proven as the aggressor.
Los Angeles social justice activist and journalist Jasmyne Cannick notes that Winslow’s arrest is possibly another case of non-POCs calling police on African Americans. She mentions as follows.
“You could be doing the most harmless thing and people will call the police on you. Black people — we’ve moved up in the world. When people move up they move out to nicer neighborhoods. In those neighborhoods they get looked at as if they don’t belong.”
Nevertheless, the sheriff’s office reportedly released a statement and didn’t specify the race of the neighbor who called authorities. How convenient, right?
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