Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ex-KU running back Winbush gets probation


— Former Kansas University running back David Gerard Winbush, now 36, has been sentenced to four years community service for indecency with a child-contact, stemming from a 2012 relationship with a Reagan High student who was under 17 at the time, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

A Bexar County grand jury indicted Winbush last year on 16 counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, listing sexual encounters from October to December 2012, the paper reported. Court records indicate that the student, then 16, told a school friend that she and Winbush were having sex and sending each other explicit photos from their cellphones. The friend told a school staff member and police were notified.

Winbush, from Killeen, Texas, pleaded no contest June 2 to one count of indecency with a child-contact, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced to four years probation, fined $1,714 and ordered to have no contact with the student. Winbush must register as a sex offender for 10 years once his sentence is completed.

Winbush was a KU running back from 1997-2000. He rushed for 2,608 yards and 22 touchdowns and ranks among the top 10 in most KU career-rushing statistics.


Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Yikes! Between this and the two football players who raped those rowers, our football program is in a very bad light.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 3 months ago

I thought it was one football player accused of raping two different women on the rowing team.

The same scenario has played out on way too many college campuses and the story line seems to be the same in each incident. Women is raped by an athlete and the university downplays it. I find it very disturbing.

John Strayer 6 years, 3 months ago

Why is this even a story on KU sports....he is 16 years removed from the University...and the acts happened 12 year after he left KU. Just reflects badly on the program when the program had absolutely nothing to do to prevent the actions.

Michael Maris 6 years, 3 months ago

John, I can understand your statement.

But, if a positive article was written about a former Jayhawk Athlete who is also 16 years removed (or more), I'm sure you wouldn't be making the same statement as you just made.

It's a story of a former Jayhawk athlete (either good or bad). So, the News Staff felt it was necessary to print this article as well.

Not that I'm in favor of the article by any stretch.

Chris Spangenburg 6 years, 3 months ago

There is some merit to his point given that KUSports can find the time to post something like this at 12:30am ... yet as of 8am this morning they don't seem interested enough in publishing the news that yesterday evening we received a commitment from a 4* defensive back.

Matt Tait 6 years, 3 months ago

He committed at 10:30 Thursday night (not evening) and the story was posted here at 8:30 this morning... As much as I'd love to clone myself and have one or even two of me working on posting things at all hours every day, sometimes it takes a few hours to get to things. Sorry for the inconvenience.

FYI... The things that are posted at 12:30 typically are from the copy desk and they're posting what's in the next day's paper.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 3 months ago

Pull his name from the record books. Do it now.

Chris Bailey 6 years, 3 months ago

Yeah in light of what happened at Baylor shouldn't that player be immediately suspended pending an investigation? And I agree with Brett. Pull Winbush's name from the record books. A player that gets accused of raping two different women has got problems and we don't need that associated with our university much less the football team.

Matt Tait 6 years, 3 months ago

He was kicked off the team as soon as Beaty and company got word of it and also has been expelled from KU... It's not the best look for any program and it's happening way too often all over the country, but I think the KU football program handled this right. The rest of the university remains up for debate. Awful stuff.

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