Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Pitiful Story Of Tony Farmer


How a High School basketball phenom went from potential All-American -to- a viral "BRUH" meme when he collapsed in court after being sentenced to 3-years in prison for pleading guilty to assault, robbery and kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend.

In August of 2012, one of the nation's top high school basketball recruits — Tony Farmer; a naturally-skilled and physically-gifted 6’7" wing player (who had offers from elite collegiate programs like Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois and other top-level "Division I" NCAA schools) literally collapsed in front of the courtroom camera after the judge read his sentencing.

His lifeless bodily collapse, is in stark contrast to the Caught On Tape building surveillance video of Farmer viciously assaulting and beating his ex-girlfriend — Andrea Lane.

Although she was physically victimized -astonishingly enough, she actually begged the judicial system to give him another chance, in hopes of lessening the initial charges. It's a head-shaking recurrence and typical life-cycle of countless victims of abuse.

The disturbing surveillance video shows him dragging her by the hair and violently striking her several times at Bedford Heights apartment complex's lobby in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sadly, many of the victims of domestic violence do see their abuser as a meal-ticket to greater pastures and that is one of the sole reasons why perpetrators are never prosecuted to the fullest-extent of the law. 

Judge Pamela Barker said of the video, 
"Lane is literally cowering in a corner and she is trying to push him away from her. And ultimately, then, he, hits her in the head several times as she is cowered in that corner. That’s what the court witnessed on those videotapes, and that does not incorporate, as far as I understand, is all that took place because this was within the confines of the apartment complex. I don't know what type of help he needs. I don't know what was wrong with him that day. I know he was a good person. I hope he still is. I hope he learns from this,""

Despite the horrific abuse she endured, Lane inexplicably told the court that Farmer does not belong in prison — it's an all too familiar pattern of the victim who is too caught-up in the cycle of abuse and manipulation — unable to break-free from the chains of the abuser.

His coach, Sonny Johnson was there to support him as well, 
"I'm here to say with my heart, that this young man, if you give him an opportunity, in five years from now, he's gonna make you proud. I know it. I know him." Perhaps these words of support from the victim and coach would translate to fortunes and dollar signs if Farmer ever gets a chance to live out his hoop dreams?

Tony Farmer was a highly-touted stand-out at Garfield Heights; who many considered a superstar-in-the-making and was one of the country's Top 100 high school basketball recruits — major colleges nationwide came knocking on his door when he was in the 10th grade.

Regardless of his status, Farmer fainted and fell to the courtroom floor when a Cuyahoga County judge sentenced him to several years in prison for the brutal assault.

In addition to the prison sentence, Farmer also got probation. Incredibly, Judge Barker said he can apply for early release after serving 180 days.

It's totally befuddling to one's mind — how a 6' 7" athlete who used his physical attributes to drag and pummel a 5' 4" woman can also fall to the ground and plea for mercy like a lifeless little rag doll? Perhaps even more befuddling, is that the victim would even have the audacity to stand by and support this coward?!

Unfortunately, it's stories like this that makes you scratch your head (in total amazement) and shake your head (in total disbelief). Perhaps he thought he was above the law — and similar to many of his counterparts, many star athletes of today often feel as if they are actually above the law and should be exempted from any negative consequences.

Accountability — it's a popular term that seems to be stressed more frequently than not during these modern times. In fact, it should be an imperative term that he should abide-by if he hopes to one day rebound from this domestic violence case.

Star players who break the law are often exempted from any negative consequences — they are usually given a free pass w/ people looking the other way — but those players (in particular; because they are role models in the limelight) should be held accountable for failings.

Some say urban love seemingly involves physical and mental abuse; an extreme form of tough love but his actions — superstar recruit or not, can not and should not be condoned.

Please think twice before you strike a woman (or any person for that matter) or else get set to suffer the consequences. — KONG | theKONGBLOG
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