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The story of prisoner F95488

Eric Frimpong was a rising soccer star. Now he's a convicted rapist serving jail time

Originally Published: July 2, 2009
By Sam Alipour | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the July 13 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

It's March 3, 2008, a brilliant day in Santa Barbara. But for Eric Frimpong, it feels like hell. He's in Superior Court, encircled by sheriff's deputies, making one more trip to the Department 2 courtroom. This is his last stop on the outside for a while, a painful reminder of how far he has fallen. He left his native Ghana in 2005 to play soccer for UC Santa Barbara; a year later he became a campus hero while ...

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