Marlon King Punches His Way To 18 Months In Prison

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. John says:

    How many times do professional footballers claim to have seen the light after some court case or incident?. Then they have to follow up with a “thoughful” interview with the observer:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/mar/15/newsstory.sport2

    ” He was at Brixton Prison first, then Standford Hill, where his jobs included canteen work, cleaning and being a gym orderly. “I got my head down in there and worked hard. I didn’t go in with an attitude. People spoke to me on the level and I just knuckled down. If I’d gone in there with the attitude, ‘Look at me, I’m Jack-the-lad’ it would have been very different.”

    I’m guessing King turns to religion in prison, looks for a last chance with some club and does something stupid again….

  2. Jamie says:

    Have to take issue with some of these comments, not that I am defending Marlon’s attrocious actions.

    1. I’m sure the mediocrity comment is a throw away one but I think there are far greater cases of players return or ROI in the Premiership. Alfonso Alves is just one that springs to mind.

    2. Wigan are well within their rights to sack him. Whilst we don’t know the terms of his contract its not uncommon to have one around “bringing the business into disrepute”. Furthermore, if an employee can no longer commit to their job because they are in jail I think an employer has every right to sack them.

    3. My third point has been bandied around a lot on the radio and forums so I won’t labour it too much, but a convicted felon has every democratic right to (re)enter a profession that had nothing to do with their conviction. At no point, during the assualt was Marlon King playing football so I fail to understand why, once his time is served, he cannot seek employment in the football industry. Whether someone ones to take a gamble on him (he might fail the “good fit” test) is another matter but to say “Somebody, somewhere will reckon that his past doesn’t matter if he can score them twenty goals per season” is unfair. Is it better that he or other ex felons remain unemployed and a further burden on society?

  3. Craig says:

    Punching anyone is a vicious enough crime, but to punch a defenceless woman without any provocation is sick. IMHO 18 months is not long enough considering his previous.

    I agree with Jamie’s third point, he shouldn’t be stopped from re-entering the profession because of this crime. Now if he’d been jailed for football hooliganism it’d be different, but his crime happened in his own time and away from football.

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