Friday, December 9, 2011
Poor Barry Beach
That dude to the left is Barry Beach, who was convicted in 1983 of murdering somebody in Montana, though he denied guilt the entire time. Though the story is not completely clear, Darrell Green somehow became his favorite player, because they are roughly the same age, and Green was drafted into the NFL about the same time Beach went to prison. And it sort of plays on our stereotypes as well to have this rural white dude as the wrongly-imprisoned dude who lost his life to injustice, but that apparently is what happened, as recent evidence has caused a judge to rule that Beach should get a new trial, and released him until the new trial, as he's already served 28 years.
Thus, Barry Beach left prison wearing a #28 Darrell Green jersey, wanting to hug his mother for longer than 45 seconds, as that's all the physical contact they allow where he was, and he said, "I want to go hunting and fishing; I want to drive my truck; I want to see the Washington Redskins play the Cowboys.”
Kinda strange how Darrell Green had his entire career, has done loads of charity work, been retired and already inducted into the Hall of Fame, all while Barry Beach sat in jail for a crime he says he didn't commit, and one that new testimonies suggest he probably didn't. And Mr. Beach gets his freedom this week (while awaiting his new trial), and will get served up a heaping plate of Patriots vs. Redskins. It doesn't seem right.
No justice, no peace, Mr. Snyder. No justice, no peace.