New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr., who's scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, was recently charged with drug possession after an incident that took place in November. Police weren't originally called to the scene for that reason, however.
Dom Cosentino of NJ.com reports a woman called authorities after encountering Winslow inside his car in a Target parking lot with the windows down on a cold day. From there, the situation turned bizarre, as noted by the police information passed along in the report:
As she exited her vehicle, she commented to the male regarding how cold it was. As she stood near the open driver side window of the Escalade, she observed the males [sic] erect penis. She stated that she believed he was masturbating. [The woman] provided a written statement regarding her account.
The incident in question happened at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. When police arrived, Winslow was still in the car and told the officer that he had been looking for Boston Market before getting lost, according to the report.
Winslow was not exposing himself when the police reached his car. Cosentino states the officer did notice other suspicious things in the vehicle and asked to conduct a further search, which the 2004 first-round pick agreed to:
The cop noticed Winslow was wearing "dark colored" sweatpants and wrote that "his genitals were not exposed." But the cop also noticed "two open containers of Vaseline on his center console" and plastic bags marked "Mr. Happy" and empty plastic containers of "Funky Monkey" scattered throughout the vehicle.
Winslow allegedly told police he smoked the "Mr. Happy" and "Funky Monkey" at his home to relax because the NFL doesn't drug test for it, and that he buys the stuff on the internet and at gas stations. Police say he consented to a vehicle search, and after a few items were seized into evidence, Winslow was free to go.
Peggy Wright of the Daily Record reported last week that upon further testing it turned out the substance in question was Fubinaca, which is a synthetic form of cannabis or marijuana. It took more than a month for the complaint to get filed:
Township Detective Sgt. John Fox Jr. allegedly found Winslow in possession of the designer drug on Nov. 19 by the Target store on Route 10 but a criminal complaint charging the player with possession of the drug was not signed until Dec. 30.
Cosentino's report states police noted lewdness as a potential crime when they filed the incident report, but none of the charges Winslow faces involve the alleged actions.
He was charged with the third-degree offense of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, which includes potential jail time.
Wright also passed along remarks from Jets spokesperson Bruce Speight, who said, "We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no comment."
Winslow released a statement through his agency, courtesy of Denise White of EAG Sports Management:
It's too early to tell how the situation will impact Winslow's playing career. He caught 31 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games for the Jets in 2013.