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    Winslow Sr. rips media for coverage of son

    Winslow Sr. rips media for coverage of son

    ‘You made it a circus,’ Hall of Famer says to reporters
    The Associated Press
    Updated: June 4, 2005

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Injured Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. made his first public appearance since his motorcycle crash, and his father used the occasion Friday night to lambaste the media for its coverage of the accident.

    The 21-year-old Winslow tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he wrecked his high-powered motorcycle May 1 while doing tricks in a secluded parking lot near his home. He will miss all of next season.

    Winslow Jr., who missed 14 games as a rookie with a broken right leg, will undergo surgery in the next few weeks.

    Shortly after arriving at an auction and roast celebrating the Browns’ 1964 NFL championship team, the former first-round pick, who didn’t limp, said he didn’t want to talk to waiting reporters.

    “No,” he said politely. “I’m good.”

    Kellen Winslow Sr., who drove his son to the event and escorted him into the hotel, initially said he would not comment, either. However, a few hours later, the Hall of Famer changed his mind.

    The former San Diego Chargers star angrily accused the media of turning the younger Winslow’s accident and recovery into a spectacle.

    “I’m disappointed in the way you guys have handled it. Twenty-one-year-old people make mistakes,” he said. “He made a mistake. You made it a circus. Remember when you were 21? A human being at 21 makes mistakes. He’s not a piece of property.”

    Winslow Sr. was asked if he expected his son to make a full recovery.

    “It’s a long career,” he said. “I played nine years in the National Football League. Technically, I played six years — two strikes, two major injuries and I came out OK. We look at it as a long-term career.

    “You guys look at it as a moment in time and you blow it out of proportion. This Jerry Springer mentality of journalism, you guys are better than that. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Presidents make mistakes. Senators make mistakes. Journalists, if you still call yourselves that, make mistakes.”

    As his father was speaking in the hallway, Kellen Winslow Jr. was inside the ballroom listening to a speech by Hall of Fame Browns running back Jim Brown.

    Because Winslow Jr. breached a “dangerous activities” clause in his contract by getting hurt while riding a motorcycle, the Browns may try to recoup some of the bonus money they have paid him.

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    Although I agree with Winslow Sr.'s opinion of the media, don't you think that dad is being a bit overprotective of his son? I guess that's why Jr. has a behavior problem in the first place. Looks like dad never held him accountable for his actions.


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    Re: Winslow Sr. rips media for coverage of son

    Agree 100%. Blame everyone other than the person who is at fault, winslow himself. You want the exposure and the dollars that the media help generate for you, but them they should ignore you and "respect your privacy" after your behavior harms your team. ACCOUNTABILITY, the watchword of what is currently missing in our society.

    You dont think browns fans would be just as pissed off if the media didnt make it into a circus? The issue is the act itself, the media is the tail wagging the dog. Would kellen sr. prefer it be handled the way the jeff kent situation was, ie lying to the public and permitting kent to lie to the team?

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    Re: Winslow Sr. rips media for coverage of son

    Winslow Sr. has always "controled" Jr.'s football career. He wouldn't let him make his own decisions about college and now he continues to call his shots in the NFL. You would think someone so concerned about every aspect of his sons life would make sure he didn't try to be Evel Knievel in the off-season. Jr.'s actions not only affected his future, but that of his team. The only culpable parties here are Winslow Jr. and Sr.

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    Re: Winslow Sr. rips media for coverage of son

    At least in evel kneivels defense, he made his living pulling crazy stunts. I remember when he tried to jump the grand canyon. Mike, i agree completely with your point, the father apparantly hasnt been able to get through to the son. I wonder if the father knew that the son had bought that bike. Buying a bike like that without knowing how to ride is the same thing as giving a 15 year old kid who just got his learners permit the keys to a brand new lambroghini, like the one real ram drives around in on the weekends.

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    Re: Winslow Sr. rips media for coverage of son

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel
    At least in evel kneivels defense, he made his living pulling crazy stunts. I remember when he tried to jump the grand canyon. Mike, i agree completely with your point, the father apparantly hasnt been able to get through to the son. I wonder if the father knew that the son had bought that bike. Buying a bike like that without knowing how to ride is the same thing as giving a 15 year old kid who just got his learners permit the keys to a brand new lambroghini, like the one real ram drives around in on the weekends.

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    GC, since Jr. seems to have the responsibility of a 15 year old, the Browns better hope Sr. has him driving an old VW Bug.

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