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Kellen Winslow Jr raped a 58-year-old homeless woman. The accusations keep coming.

Just hours ago, Kellen Winslow Jr, who earned more than $40 million as an American footballer, was facing the prospect of life imprisonment.

Then, a mistrial was called on eight of the 12 charges brought against him.

He will remain in prison, but for only nine years. And there will be a retrial.

Winslow, 35, was convicted of raping a then 58-year-old homeless woman in May 2018.

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Jane Doe No. 2 was approached by Winslow in a public place and at the time she had no idea he was ‘famous’.

He invited her to go out for a coffee, and when she accepted, he drove her to a dark roadside spot where he violently raped her.

Winslow was also charged with sodomy which allegedly took place during the same encounter. The jury could not come to a consensus – hence the mistrial.

There was more.

The former NFL player was also found guilty of indecent exposure after flashing a 57-year-old woman while she watered her garden, and a lewd act where he touched himself and put his erect penis in front of the face of a 77-year-old woman at a gym in California.

Multiple women testified against Winslow, who has been married to Janelle Winslow for 13 years, in court.

The father of two was accused of picking up a 54-year-old hitchhiker in May last year, before proceeding to rape her in the parking lot of a shopping centre.

Since the news of his charges, another woman has come forward who says Winslow raped her in 2003 when she was a 17-year-old high school student.

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Winslow was 19, and after she passed out at a party in San Diego, she woke to discover the athlete allegedly assaulting her.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman told the court that the jury was “hopelessly deadlocked” on the remaining charges, involving five victims, three of whom have accused Winslow of rape.

Winslow must now register as a sex offender and will face another trial later in the year.

“He was shocked by that verdict,” his attorney, Emily Bahr, told reporters, before making it clear they would be appealing all three convictions.

“Clearly this case is not over,” Brian Watkins, another attorney representing Winslow said. “We will continue to litigate this case until our client is exonerated.”

In order to convict Winslow in the first place, there was DNA evidence from more than one victim.

The five different women did not know each other prior to reporting the crimes perpetrated against them. Many of the details laid out by them were eerily similar.

Winslow stands at six foot four. He weighs more than 100 kilograms. Physically he is intimidating. A man who has been rewarded for his strength and speed.

And, like so many male athletes all over the world, he used that power against some of the most vulnerable people he came into contact with.

Rape and sexual assault are endemic among male sports stars. Millionaires who have everything they could ever want at their finger tips.

In March this year, professional mixed martial artist, boxer and one of the world’s richest athletes Conor McGregor was accused of rape.

Floyd Mayweather, again one of the highest paid sports stars on the planet, has a horrific history of domestic violence.

The allegations of rape, sexual assault and off-field violence in Australian sport is our national shame.

Winslow’s case was a day of reckoning not only for Winslow himself, but for sportsmen the world over.

Let’s just hope this isn’t the last we hear of it.

If you or someone you care about is living with family violence please call safe steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for further information.

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