Friday, October 22, 2010

Things That Make You Go…


The headline could read like this:

Former Seminole Could Be (Hurri)Caned In Singapore (And Fed To Gators) 

Where do we begin. OK, with the irony. A Seminole getting caned…as in Hurri-caned. That’s rich, Jerry!

The story goes like this: A former Florida State University football player is facing possible caning in Singapore after he overstayed his visa.

Kamari Charlton (right)  was in Singapore while his wife was receiving medical care for pregnancy complications. His attorney told a news agency that the now 37-year-old was arrested on September 1 when he attempted to leave the city-state 169 days after his 90-day pass expired.

Staying past the 90 days on your visa is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and at least three cane strokes. When caned, people are strapped to a wooden frame and lashed across the bare bottom with a long rattan stick.

If he's found guilty, Charlton would be the first American caned since Michael Fay was punished in 1994 for spray-painting graffiti on 18 cars. Fay, who was a high-school student at the time of the vandalism, received four swats with a half-inch rattan cane.

Singapore boasts one of the lowest violent crime rates and highest standards of living in the world, but human-rights groups often criticize the government for severe punishments, such as a mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers. Singapore also reiterated a ban on the sale of chewing gum and announced a crackdown on littering this year.

Charlton also had some issues when he was at The University of Criminal Football at Tallahassee (know to most folks as Florida State), was a reserve tight end from 1992-96.  He was arrested in May 1994 on felony rape and simple assault charges while at FSU.

According to the Tallahassee police at the time, Charlton was accused by a former girlfriend of grabbing her by the throat and raping her. He was suspended by then-coach Bobby Bowden and was dismissed from school for the 1994-95 season. He was later acquitted of all charges and was reinstated to the team for the 1995-96 season. In 1998, he was arrested for battery in Tallahassee and served community service.

Charlton, was born in the Bahamas and owns a construction company there.

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