Former Detroit Lions DB Stanley Wilson Jr. dead at age 40

Detroit Free Press

Former Detroit Lions defensive back Stanley Wilson has died at the age of 40, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

According to TMZ, Wilson died while being transferred from Los Angeles County jail to a hospital that specializes in mental health on Feb. 1. Wilson collapsed during the intake process and eventually died, according to the report.

Wilson was in police custody after being arrested last August for reportedly breaking into a Hollywood Hills mansion twice, finding time to bath in an outdoor fountain at the home one of the times. It was determined that Wilson was unable to stand trial due to his mental health.

The Lions drafted Wilson out of Stanford in the third round in 2005. He played three seasons with the Lions, recording 89 tackles and one forced fumble before suffering a career-ending Achilles injury.

Wilson, the son of former NFL defensive back Stanley Wilson Sr., was arrested three different times between 2016-17, twice for trying to break into a home while naked and once for roaming a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood while naked.

Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett contributed to this report.

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