The Mercury News
Ex-Stanford, Lions DB Wilson dies
Former Detroit Lions and Stanford defensive back Stanley Wilson Jr. collapsed and died while being checked into a mental hospital earlier this month, the NFL team confirmed on Wednesday.
He was 40.
Wilson was being transferred from a Los Angeles jail, where he'd been held since an August vandalism arrest, to the mental health facility after being declared incompetent to stand trial, TMZ reported.
In August he had allegedly broken into a $30 million Hollywood Hills mansion twice. The second time he caused $5,000 worth of damage, TMZ reported at the time, by taking a bath in the outdoor fountain with soap he found inside the house.
Arrested both times, he was charged on two felony counts of vandalism and one count of second-degree burglary, TMZ reported. Authorities then determined that he was unfit to stand trial due to his mental health condition.
Before those troubles, Wilson played at Stanford from 2001 to 2004, playing 39 games and totaling five interceptions. The Lions tapped him in the third round of the 2005 draft. Over three seasons and 32 career games in Detroit, he logged 63 tackles and one forced fumble. He played with the Lions from 2005-07 until his career was cut short by an Achilles injury, and he was released in 2008.
Wilson had reportedly struggled with drug use after his NFL exit and had a history of breaking into homes, stripping and bathing naked in backyard fountains. In June 2016 he was shot by an Oregon homeowner after attempting to break in, and police found Wilson bathing out back.
Wilson's father is ex-Bengals running back Stanley Wilson Sr., who had his own drug-based run-ins with the law and notoriously missed Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 due to a cocaine relapse.
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Kelce noted that some “haters” predicted the Chiefs wouldn't even make the playoffs.
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“After talking with my parents I understand how my coat could have offended some people,” Hamlin wrote in a note posted on his Twitter account. “It was never my intentions to hurt or disrespect anyone, the coat is abstract art to me.”
Hamlin closed his two-post thread by saying he will continue to learn from the situation while adding: “My beliefs and Relationship with God is not tied to symbolic images.”
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Marleau spent 21 of his 23 NHL seasons with the Sharks and ranks as the NHL's all-time leader with 1,779 regular season games played.
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The Quakes face the New York Red Bulls on Feb. 18 and open the regular season Feb. 25 in Atlanta.
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The Tide reached No. 1 in the latest AP poll on Monday, but its only lead in this game came at 12-11.