Monday, July 13, 2009

Free Eric Frimpong!

eric frimprong playing soccer Brothers, sisters and all those who hunger for justice; I would like to take a moment to fill you in on a tragic court case that took place in Santa Barbara California—the case of Eric Frimpong.

A rising soccer star at California’s UC Santa Barbara; a year later he became a campus hero while leading the Gauchos to their first-ever national championship. But in 2007, just weeks after being selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS draft, he was accused of raping another student on the beach near his house. Now he's a convicted felon serving a six year sentence in the State Prison. I urge you to read Sam Alipour’s (ESPN Magazine) excellent coverage of the case .


And, if like me you feel justice was not served, write Santa Barbara District Attorney Christie Stanley and let her know you are aware and that you care! Click the following link.


Brian said...

This is absolutely, completely disgusting. This looks horrible on our justice system. Once again, it seems if you are a regular joe without millions of dollars to buy a verdict, then you are going to prison. I had not heard of this case, but after I read the article you linked, I researched some on my own. In March, 2010, his appeal was denied. This is a miscarriage of justice, and I hope to see it corrected soon. I have joined the facebook page for Eric, and I recommend everyone else do too. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Brian said...

I had not heard of this case until I came to your site. So, even though this is a horrible and sad story about the failings of our judicial system, I must congratulate you, though, on your wonderful blog. I am glad I found it.

Now I return to Eric, and I must say that I am disgusted, and sadly not surprised. Our judicial system has great ideas behind it, but once again it looks as though there are two types of justice: for the rich and justice for the rest. And, yes, most of these stories that come out do also show that there is a long way to go with equality based on color, since does seem to be African Americans (or as in this young man's case: African) that are found guilty and later exonerated.

Hopefully, our justice system does finally get itself straight. If you have an idea how we can accomplish this, we would love to hear it. I, myself, and fed up with the stupidity (and on this case I cannot call it ignorance, since should know better) of judging based on skin color. I do want to believe that more people believe as I do, and raise our children with that view: We are all the same, regardless of color, age, ethnicity, religion or anything else that are small compared to our likenesses.

Do hope to see you back soon, and give us some more great stories and information.