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Woman claims Winslow exposed himself before he was arrested

Earlier this month we reported the synthetic substance charges filed against a professional football player. At the time that the news broke, few details were revealed about what brought police to the area along Route 10 where Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested last November.

Since that time, news reports suggest that police were called to the parking lot outside a Target store on Route 10 to investigate suspicious behavior. A woman claims that she saw a man parked in a Cadillac exposing his genitals in the car. When police arrived, authorities say that they identified the man as Winslow.

However, East Hanover Police say that the football player was not exposed when police arrived. No indecency, lewdness, or any other charges related to the woman’s claims have been filed against the football player.

Authorities say that the football player said that he was only in the parking lot because he wanted to get directions for Boston Market. Nonetheless, authorities apparently looked into the car after arriving along Route 10 and claim to have scene wrappers inside, at least one of which displayed the name “Mr. Happy.” Authorities say that chemical testing of the Mr. Happy product revealed the presence of the substance Fubinaca, which prosecutors claim is a controlled substance.

The charge that was filed against the man is a felony level offense under New Jersey law. Winslow could face up to five years in prison on the synthetic drug offense, if convicted. Police say that Winslow admitted consuming legal products that are not subject to NFL rules, but police claim that at least one of the substances violates New Jersey law.

The latest news accounts carry unsubstantiated and uncharged allegations against a man who is facing a felony drug charge. The football player has entered a not guilty plea.

In general, when information is unleashed into the court of public opinion it may generate various levels of gossip and other discussion. The founders understood that mere gossip should not be enough for the government to impose sanctions. The Constitution identifies a number of fundamental rights that include the right to defend against government allegations.

Source: New York Daily News, “Police report: Witness believes NY Jets’ Kellen Winslow was masturbating in his Cadillac Escalade,” Michael O’Keeffe, Jan. 18, 2014

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