It’s Law Day here at PFT, with coverage of the NFLPA collusion suit against the NFL interrupted momentarily by news that the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks has been sued for allegedly damaging a rental house.
According to Brent Schrotenboer of U-T San Diego, tight end Kellen Winslow has been accused of trashing a house that he had rented for $9,000 per month. The suit contends that “every corner of the house was damaged,” and that Persian rugs and carpeting “were stained with dog urine and also littered with dog feces, and that “[t]he house was overpowered with a putrid stench of animal waste.”
Winslow’s lawyer, Brian Watkins, says the lawsuit is “bogus,” and that the litigation represents “a shakedown of a professional athlete.”
The six-month lease started in January 2011. “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.”
An effort to mediate the claim was unsuccessful, resulting in the filing of the lawsuit.
Even if the claims are true, Winslow’s behavior would make him only the second-worst neighbor from the ranks of Seahawks tight ends.