Chinese court hands US football coach ‘excessive’ 4-year prison sentence

January 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Brown’s supporters say the White House, the State Department and Michigan state officials have raised the case with China.“We are aware of reports that Mr. Brown has been sentenced to four years,” a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Thursday. “The Department of State takes seriously its duty to assist U.S. citizens abroad. We continue to closely follow his case.”Brown, 31, played linebacker for Ball State between 2004 and 2008 and went on to play in the Canadian Football League before moving to China to coach.Similar disputes are often settled out-of-court in China — where the conviction rate is 99 percent — but Brown did not reach a settlement with the plaintiff and pleaded not guilty.“I still don’t understand: he is guilty of what?” Brown’s mother, Antoinette, said by phone after the verdict. “It was all about the money. It was a clear shakedown. It’s unfair justice.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Ronaldo vs. Suarez takes focus as Uruguay faces Portugal FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2008, file photo, Ball State linebacker Wendell Brown, left, stands with cornerback Trey Buice near the end of an NCAA college football game in Muncie, Ind. A lawyer for former Ball State football player Brown said Thursday, June 28, 2018, that a Chinese court has sentenced the Detroit native to four years’ prison for his involvement in a September 2016 bar fight. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)BEIJING — A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison Thursday for being involved in a bar fight, a punishment his lawyer and an activist called excessive.Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State University in Indiana, had been teaching American football in southwest China when he was arrested in September 2016 and later charged with intentional assault. He has denied hitting a man at a bar and said he had raised his arms in self-defense after being attacked.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding A judge in the city of Chongqing issued the sentence after a brief hearing, Brown’s lawyer Wu Junmei said by phone. Brown intends to appeal, she said.On the night of September 24, 2016, revelers at a nightclub threw a bottle at Brown and an altercation followed, his supporters say. Afterward, a local man accused Brown of seriously injuring his eye, which had to be removed. The man demanded more than $100,000 in compensation or else he would pursue the case in court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Four years for a fight in a bar is extremely unjust and excessive,” said John Kamm, a San Francisco-based activist who frequently meets with senior Chinese officials to seek clemency for political prisoners in China and had lobbied them on Brown’s behalf.China sometimes deports foreigners following their conviction but it was unclear whether deportation was a possibility for Brown, said Kamm. Brown has already been detained 20 months while awaiting the verdict. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Raft of new appointments for Donegal GAA clubs

December 27, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA host of Donegal GAA clubs have confirmed new managerial appointments for the next campaign.County champions Glenswilly were early to appoint with Adrian Glackin taking the baton from Michael Canning at Pairc Naomh Columba.A number of clubs will be under the same management next year as Martin McHugh (Kilcar), Gary Conaghan (Killybegs), Kevin Gallagher (Four Masters), Sean Timoney (Naomh Bríd) and Terence Colhoun (Malin) have been reinstated again for 2017. Tony Boyle has stepped down as the Dungloe manager and has been replaced by Paddy McGowan for 2017, while Liam Breen has succeeded Liam Ward as manager of Glenfin, who have been relegated to the Intermediate Championship.Paddy J McGinley has taken over from Brendan Doherty at Naomh Columba while Adrian Brennan is back in charge of Ardara, who were demoted to Division 2 of the All-County League.Brennan will be assisted by Donie McCole, who was boss at St Naul’s for the last two years.Francie Martin is back in management again with the Glenfin native recently appointed to the Bundoran post. Martin previously managed Glenswilly, Glenfin and Naomh Colmcille and will now be at the helm in Bundoran next year.The likes of Sean MacCumhaills, Gaoth Dobhair, Naomh Muire, St Michael’s, St Eunan’s, Downings and Termon are among those who have yet to confirm their management teams for the new season.Division 3 new boys Red Hughs are another on the hunt for a new manager with Seosamh Mac Ceallabhuí having been recently appointed joint manager of Truagh Gaels in Monaghan alongside former Naomh Conaill manager Cathal Corey. Raft of new appointments for Donegal GAA clubs was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more