Kellen Winslow Jr.
Seahawks fans were excited earlier this week at the news that the team had traded for former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. As we know, not an offseason goes by when the team doesn't acquire a new flashy tight end that will ultimately disappoint. And, speaking of disappointment, Winslow's former landlord is plenty disappointed with the way the gridiron star allegedly left a luxury home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif he was renting.
Kellen Winslow Jr.
From the San Diego Union Tribune:
"Every corner of the home was damaged," according to the claim obtained by UT San Diego.
The Persian rugs and carpeting "were stained with dog urine and also littered with dog feces," the claim states. "The house was overpowered with a putrid stench of animal waste."
The suit also states there were numerous holes punctured in the walls of the master bathroom. Meanwhile, the outdoor furniture "was pocked with cigarette and cigar burn holes."
Not surprisingly, Winslow's attorney, Brian Watkins, is selling a different story, classifying the lawsuit as a "shakedown of a professional athlete."
More from the Union Tribune:
Watkins had an explanation for several of the alleged damages. He said there was a mix-up with the payment of utilities by Winslow's real estate agent, who was supposed to pay for them on Winslow's behalf. He said the holes in the wall were drilled to hang flat-screen TVs. He said the "the dog had an accident on the rug" but that it was cleaned along with the rest of the carpeting.
"They want to portray it as though Kellen Winslow had a fraternity of football friends partying," Watkins 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. "
While it's definitely inconclusive at this point, Seattle-area luxury home landlords may want to think twice before renting to the newest Seahawk given these allegations.
The only good news: At least Winslow isn't Jerramy Stevens.