Just to make sure he didn’t think it was cool missing another entire season in a career that has been flying in reverse after it had barely begun, Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was charged Friday with operating his motorcycle in willful or wanton disregard of safety by Westlake Prosecutor John Wheeler. The offense is a minor misdemeanor under the Ohio Revised Code (4511.201) and carries a maximum $150 fine with no jail time.
The benighted Kellen Winslow Jr., who missed 14 games of his rookie year last season with a broken leg, will likely miss all of this season as well after wiping out on his motorcycle at 35mph in a suburban Cleveland parking lot May 1.
Winslow will need reconstructive surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee as a result of his endo over the handlebars and could take as much as a year to recuperate.
The Browns may elect to recoup between $5.7 million and $10.7 million from Winslow for being in breach of his contract, which expressly prohibited him from participating in “hazardous activities” such as “motorcycling.” The team gave up their second-round draft pick in a trade with Detroit to select Winslow with the sixth overall pick of the 2004 draft, and he agreed to a six-year contract for a maximum of $40 million.
AND, he will get a ticket.