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The Marlon King Debate: Insane Mental Thug or Vicious Woman Batterer?

Yes, Marlon King has done the time for his crime, for a third time, but should he really be rewarded with a new playing contract?

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:   Premier league footballer Marlon King leaves the City of Westminster Magistrates Court after faceing charges of sexual assault on April 8, 2009 in London, England. The Wigan Athletic footballer, currently on loan at Middlesbrough is alleged to have sexually assaulted and punched a 20-year-old woman in a London nightclub. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Marlon King is released from prison on Thursday determined to rekindle his professional playing career.

The fallen star, 30, has kept in shape behind bars training twice a day to work on his fitness.

And the former Wigan striker now has a clutch of Championship clubs after his services.

Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd successfully managed King at Watford and is favourite for his signature.

King’s long-term agent Tony Finnigan told Mirror Sport: “Marlon has told me he is ready to resume his football career.

“He has a good goal-scoring record and a lot of experience to offer any willing club.

“But Aidy will have the edge because they have worked very well together in the past.”

King was jailed last October for assaulting a woman in December 2008. (Daily Mirror)

Yes its true that Marlon King, who is actually nothing more than a very average footballer with severe mental issues, has served his sentence but should he be welcomed back into the world of football? He is apparently set for a move to Coventry City, who’s boss Aidy Bothroyd is quick to state, rather foolishly

“I know Marlon King the dad, Marlon King the husband and Marlon King the footballer and I’m not going to just throw someone on the scrapheap just because he made a mistake, as grave a mistake as that might be.”

For some reason the Ricoh Arena manager doesn’t know “Marlon King the serial woman batterer”. Remember this is not a guy who made ONE mistake, this is a man who has served three separate stints doing ‘Porridge’. Wikipedia, admittedly not the best source in the world, states that

King has convictions for 14 offences, dating from 1997.[27][28] He received fines, driving bans, community service sentences, a rehabilitation order and orders to pay compensation on convictions including: theft from a person and from a car, criminal damage, and attempting to obtain property by deception; fraudulent use of vehicle licence document, driving without insurance, speeding, drink driving; a wounding incident while playing amateur football, and two cases involving assault of young women rejecting his advances in the Soho area of London.

Does this man deserve yet another chance? Thoughts below.

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