We have all heard about the three UCLA basketball players who were caught shoplifting sunglasses in Hangzhou. But people have heard about Wendall Brown a Canadian Football league player, who has been in a Chinese jail for over a year since getting into a bar fight in the town of Chongqing last year. Brown is a Detroit native who was a high school football star that went on to play for Ball State in Indiana.
After playing professionally in the Canadian Football League and in an American arena league, Wendell Brown moved to China in 2015. He relocated to Chongqing, a city in the southwest party of the country. There he played and then coached for a team in the American Football League of China. Wendall also taught English and opened a cross training business to supplement his income.
Life in China tuned upside down on September 24, 2016, when he attended a friend’s birthday party at a bar. The family hired a lawyer in China to help with the case. They were told that in order to win their son’s release they would need $100,000 as restitution.
If convicted he could spend between three and 10 years in prison.