Ched Evans' rape charges overturned. But should his soccer fate wait until after retrial? | The Tylt
Although it wasn't an easy choice, Chesterfield Football Club has signed and welcomed footballer (or what Americans call soccer player) Ched Evans with open arms. Evans was convicted on rape charges in 2011 and served three years in prison from 2012-2015. But his conviction was overturned in April.
Chesterfield Football Club are delighted to announce that Wales international striker Ched Evans, formerly of Sheffield United, Norwich City and Manchester City, will be joining the club on July 1.
Now Evans' getting a second chance at a soccer career — but it's second chance that many are split on. The footballer is facing a retrial scheduled for October. Does he deserve to have another chance just yet?
Some fans are happy he's getting another shot and feel like, based on the appeal in April, he's already served time for a crime he didn't commit. Others believe the fate of his career should wait until AFTER the retrial's verdict. Also, many feel it's beyond disrespectful to the once 19-year-old victim he allegedly raped.
The retrial will further present new evidence for the defense. But if found guilty, Chesterfield will have to review and most likely drop Evans as a player. Hence, isn't it just better to wait for the verdict before allowing him to play again?
What do you think: #WaitAfterRetrial or #LetChedPlayNow?
Ched Evans' rape charges overturned. But should his soccer fate wait until after retrial?
Innocent or guilty i personally think it's very careless of Chesterfield FC to sign Ched Evans while he's still to be tried.— Lily Watts (@Lozza160) June 20, 2016
Chesterfield FC sign Ched Evans - not a great signal by the club to women surely better to wait until after the trial— Elizabeth Rickett (@Lizrickett) June 20, 2016
ched evans creepy fan boys desperately hoping he gets proved innocent so they can justify their excuse for hating women.— - (@135AYHT) June 20, 2016
Yo. Idiots. Ched Evans hasn't been found innocent. Won't be found innocent. He hasn't had his retrial yet, either.— Frothy Dragon (@FrothyDragon) June 20, 2016
Ched Evans' conviction was always an absaloute farce. About time a club had the balls to sign him.— Adam Devlin (@Adam1Dev) June 20, 2016
Ched Evans is now innocent until proven guilty so I'm struggling to see why there would be a backlash over him signing for Chesterfield?— Dan Pearce (@Pearcey149) June 20, 2016
Happy for Ched Evans. Did the time and will also probably win his re-trial. I know how hard it is to get a job with criminal record. AF— AZAK FEVER (@AzakFeverAFC) June 20, 2016