An American man has reportedly been languishing in jail in Chongqing since last September following an altercation with locals at a bar. His family has started an online fundraising campaign hoping to get him back home.
30-year-old Wendell Brown, a Detroit native, was working as a football coach in Chongqing when he got into a disagreement with a group of locals during a night out on September 24, 2016. Alexis Andrews, a friend of Brown’s, told MichiganPreps.com that Brown had described what had happened to her at another bar shortly afterward, telling her that the locals had become angry when he refused to party with them and one man had thrown a bottle. Brown said that he had then retaliated in self-defense. Reportedly, Brown was the only one arrested following the incident.
“He told me everything that happened; how they were picking on him, and how they started off wanting to drink with him. When he was uninterested, they got upset, which is common,” Andrews said.
Brown arrived in China to play for the Chongqing Dockers of the American Football League of China back in 2015, later staying on to help coach the team. Previously, he had played football in Canada and Austria. He has a 10-year-old son back in Detroit.
MichiganPreps.com also included a letter, dated March 1st, 2017, which Brown wrote to his family from jail:
To all my family whom I love throughout the continents of Asia, Europe, and North America: honor, praise, and glory to the most high (yah?) , through Yahshua Messiah for blessing me with such a beautiful band of people whom I can lean on in order to regain both focus and strength. I thank you for all that you are doing for me while I fight the toughest fight of my life! I know this battle is not physical, but spiritual, and I also know I’m not just fighting for myself and my family, but a multitude of people, and I’m more than grateful because you all have extended yourselves to be my crutch! Again, I thank you! I miss y’all so much.
What keeps me encouraged are all the memories we’ve been blessed to share with each other. The thought of us building more, and those that are even more beautiful got me fist pumping, like Arsenio! For real, I’m excited! But, some days I wake up and look around like wtf bro, you really in jail! And in China! And, no, Wendell didn’t go to China and try to turn thug! But being in here, in isolation, away from those I care for and who care for me, I think of all (0f) life’s luxuries that, to us, may not even be considered a luxury, like lotion, a comb, hot showers, a toilet, going outside, or even seeing and being around smiles and eyes that you know are pure and have no deceit behind them!
I think of so may things I’ve been blessed with my whole life that I’ve simply taken for granted. I’ve also been thinking about my life and where it’s been, where it’s heading, what mark do I truly want to leave, what defines me, what will the legacy of Wendell Brown Sr., actually be? And plainly, I just want to give; I want to give all things to my people. I want to give love, life, laughter, opportunity, experience and so much more! And when I say my people, I don’t just speak of my family and friends, but all children! All those I’ve encountered in my travels around the world, along with fulfilling my destiny, and life’s purpose, are two things I often pray for! I just want the right, you know? I don’t want to miss it or come up short, but (yah?) willing, I won’t. I know I won’t! Hallellyah.
I think of those in the bible who stood firm in their faith, and what came to be of them after their test. Since I know his ways, (his) thoughts are higher than mine. I know the road ahead is full of blessings, and not just for me, but for us! Halleluyah! And because I know the most high possesses so much power, and I know his spirit is living within out physical being, I’m convinced we are already victorious, and in more ways than one! Halleluyah!
I want to say so much more, but this letter is already pushing it. So again, thank you to all of you! Please continue to pray and send me your positive energy, and I will continue to do the same for you in return! I love you all to life! Grace, peace, prosperity, love, and abundance of blessings in the name of the most high God! Deuce, yo daddy loves you!
Many details about this case are not known. It’s unclear why Brown is still in jail seven months after the incident. It’s also uncertain when his next court date will be. However, this certainly would not be the first time that something like this has happened in a bar in China.
Back in March, Brown’s family began a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for legal fees. So far, they have raised nearly $2,000 out of their $10,000 goal.
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