King Jailed for 18 Months! ... Supporters Accuse Judge of Racism

English Premier League club Wigan Athletic's striker Marlon King was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of sexual assault and causing bodily harm to a woman in a night club.

The woman, a slightly build university student, rejected King's advances at the club. It is reported that the following dialogues took place at the night club when the woman rejected him:

King: "I'm just out of your league. I'm a miilionaire".

Woman: "I don't care who you are, take your multi-millions and get away from our table".

This little conversation infuriated King so much that he lost his temper and smashed her to the floor! His fist blow was so powerful the two revellers, one of them holding onto his arm, were also sent flying to the ground.

King claimed in court that it was a case of mistaken identity. But after hearing evidence from quite a number of eyewitnesses, the jury decided King was lying. It is a point worth noting that King has faced the judges 7 times since the age of 17, mainly for motoring offences and violence against women. After this incident, King would also be registered as a sex offender for seven years.

As the sentence was read out to Marlon King, several of his supporters stormed out of the court, swearing at the judge. One, pointing at the judge, screamed: "This is a clear case of institutional racism. You should not be up there... Up the National Front. Heil Hitler." Another King supporter, referring to footballer Steven Gerrard, shouted: "Look at you. You are all white. Steven Gerrard is still walking the streets."

The Liverpool captain and England midfielder Steven Gerrard was cleared in July of attacking a businessman after a dispute over the music being played at a bar. Newcastle United's Joey Barton was jailed for six months in May 2008 after admitting to beating up a teenager.

Thus, Marlon King is the latest Premier League footballer to be jailed.


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