Former Ole Miss LB Strong files complaint about jail conditions

GREENVILLE – Eddie Strong, who made more than 100 tackles as an Ole Miss Rebel linebacker in the 2001 season, says his life is in danger in jail.

Strong was arrested last July on felony domestic assault and kidnapping charges after a physical altercation with his son’s mother. At the time, he worked for the Greenville Police Department.

In his complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the former Batesville star athlete claims he’s being treated unfairly because the woman, an attorney, works closely with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

Bond was set at $250,000 and he’s been unable to make it, so he’s remained in jail.

He claims he cannot get his bond lowered because of the woman’s connections to the court and officials.

“My life is in danger,” he said in his hand-written paperwork to the court from the Washington County Jail. “I am getting unfair justice.”

The District Attorney’s Office was not immediately available for comment.

Strong was drafted by the New York Giants in 2003 but things didn’t work out there.

In his complaint, he also claims he’s been treated wrongly by the Greenville Police Department, who fired him after the incident.

When he was arrested, Strong reportedly had his police-issue Glock 22, duty belt and 42 rounds of live ammunition.

• For more details, read Tuesday’s Daily Journal.

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