Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was house hunting for his mother-in-law in a Southern California mobile home park when he was arrested on suspicion of burglary after a neighbor called police, Winslow's representative said.
Winslow, 34, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Encinitas, near San Diego, after a mobile home park resident called police and said a man he didn't recognize had walked into a neighbor's residence and then left in a black SUV after being confronted, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. Winslow was stopped by deputies as he drove nearby and was arrested on suspicion of burglary, the department said.
Denise White, a spokeswoman for EAG Sport Management, which represents Winslow, told NBC News in an email that Winslow was home shopping for his mother-in-law and never went inside the residence, which belongs to friends who attend church with his wife.
A resident of the mobile home park told a San Diego TV station that when Winslow was confronted, he said he was looking for his red dog, Clifford. White said Winslow does have a red dog named Clifford but that he was being sarcastic in his response.
Winslow spent five hours in a jail before posting bail, NBC San Diego reported.
Winslow, the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, was drafted out of Miami by the Browns in the first round in 2004. The San Diego native spent nine years in the NFL, three with the Bucs from 2009-11. His last NFL season was 2013.