Kellen Winslow: Seattle Seahawks TE Sued for Alleged Damage of Rental House

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24:  Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fumbles the ball as teammates Dan Connor #55 and Chris Gamble #20 of the Carolina Panthers make a play on the ball during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Kellen Winslow has some explaining to do.

According to Brent Schrotenboer of UT San Diegothe newest member of the Seattle Seahawks is being sued by rental property owners for leaving his $9,000 a month Rancho Santa Fe, CA rental home in disarray back in 2011.

The suit alleges that "every corner of the home was damaged,” and that there were holes in the walls of the master bedroom with outdoor furniture covered with cigarette and cigar burn holes.

The report goes into further detail: The Persian rugs and carpeting “were stained with dog urine and also littered with dog feces. The house was overpowered with a putrid stench of animal waste."

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27:  Akeen Ayers #56 of the Tennessee Titans tackles Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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So in other words, Winslow is getting sued for not picking up anything for six months at the beginning of 2011. The owners, Ahmad and Nona Zarei, are seeking $133,000 in property damages. Last week, the owners’ insurance company decided to try and join the suit to collect the $500 in rent and $2,667.51 in electric, water and gas bills that had gone unpaid.

Naturally, Winslow’s lawyer Brian Watkins is defending his client and told UT San Diego that the lawsuit is “bogus” and a classic case of somebody taking advantage of an athlete:  

They want to portray it as though Kellen Winslow had a fraternity of football friends partying. 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.

How do you explain the cigarette holes if the wife was pregnant and typically by herself? How do you explain holes in the wall all over the place? How do you short the company $500 at the very end of the agreement and forget to pay bills?

Those are all questions Winslow will have to answer…but what about the property owners?

Maybe the holes were for his flat screen TVs. The smell of one piece of dog feces can stink up an entire house. Do the allegations really result in over $130,000 worth of damages?

Both sides have a case, and it should be interesting to see how this plays out in court. 


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