BEIJING (AP) A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison Thursday for being involved in a bar fight, a punishment his lawyer and an activist called excessive.
Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State University in Indiana, had been teaching American football in southwest China when he was arrested in September 2016 and later charged with intentional assault. He has denied hitting a man at a bar and said he had raised his arms in self-defense after being attacked.
A judge in the city of Chongqing issued the sentence after a brief hearing, Brown's lawyer Wu Junmei said by phone. Brown intends to appeal, she said.