A former NFL cornerback was shot by a homeowner while trying to break into a house in Portland, Oregon, while naked, police say.
Stanley Wilson II survived the Wednesday shooting and is now facing charges, The Oregonian reports.
The 33-year-old played college football at Stanford University and then was with the Detroit Lions from 2005 to 2007. His father, Stanley Wilson Sr., was also a former NFL player, who battled drug addiction during his career and went AWOL the night before the 1989 Super Bowl while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. Wilson Sr. is currently serving 22 years in a California prison for burglary, according to ESPN.
The shooting is being investigated by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and The Oregonian reports that the homeowner, who has not been identified, could be protected by Oregon law that says a person is justified in using “deadly physical force” if another person is trying to burglarize his or her home.
Wilson remains hospitalized recovering from his injuries, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Wilson Was Found Naked in a Water Fountain in the Backyard of the Home, Which Is Owned by a Man & Woman in Their 70s
Stanley Wilson II was found naked in a water fountain in the backyard of a home in the 4900 block of Southwest Humphery Boulevard in Southwest Portland, KGW-TV reports.
The home is owned by a man and a woman in their 70s, who have not been identified. The 78-year-old homeowner fired from inside his home, while Wilson was outside, KOIN-TV reports. Wilson was shot in the abdomen.
Wilson was charged with first-degree attempted burglary, second-degree attempted burglary, first-degree trespassing and second-degree trespassing. Other charges could be filed. Police told KGW there were other break-ins in the area and they are investigating whether Wilson was involved in those.
2. He Is a Portland Resident & Does Not Appear to Have a Criminal Record
Wilson lives in Portland, according to The Oregonian. He does not appear to have a criminal record in Oregon, the newspaper reports.
He did not make the Lions roster in 2008 and dropped off the radar after the end of his NFL career.
Wilson was born in Carson, California, and attended Bishop Montgomery High School.
3. He Was Drafted in the Third Round of the 2005 Draft After Playing at Stanford
Wilson was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft by the Detroit Lions after his Stanford University career, according to the Lions website.
He played four years at Stanford and was a three-year starter, according to the Cardinal website.
Wilson was also a sprinter on the Cardinal track team for four year.
4. He Had 86 Tackles During His 3-Year NFL Career
Wilson II recorded 86 tackles during his three-year career with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL.com.
His best seasons came in 2006 and 2007. He played in 13 games, making four starts, in 2006, and played in 10 games, making five starts, in 2007. He had 38 tackles each season.
5. His Father, a Running Back, Battled Cocaine Addiction & Was Diagnosed as Bipolar
Wilson’s father, Stanley Wilson Sr., was a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1983 to 1988, after playing at Oklahoma. The elder Wilson’s career was hampered by a cocaine addiction, which led to full season suspensions in 1985 and 1987. He is best known for having gone AWOL on the night before the 1989 Super Bowl. He was later found in a hotel bathroom with cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
After being banned from the NFL for life for a third offense, Wilson Sr. was arrested in 1999 on burglary charges in Beverly Hills, California, according to a Cincinnati Enquirer article. He was accused of stealing $130,000 worth of property and was later sentenced to 22 years in prison.
During his trial, his attorneys said the elder Wilson had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to a 1999 Los Angeles Times article.
“He’s still my father, still the man that I’ve always listened to and loved, and I’ve never tried to run away from the name,” Stanley Wilson II told ESPN in the lead up to he 2005 draft. “Some people, they don’t have their father anymore, you know, because he’s passed on. I’m lucky. My father is still alive. Even in his current [circumstances], well, he’s still here. And I’m still the son who looks up to him.