Former Rebel star says life in danger in Washington jail

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

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 Washington County Jail.
Strong was arrested in 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, is close friends with attorneys in the Washington County district attorney’s office.
Jackie Smith, the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, said she had no comment about his accusations.
Strong remains in jail because he has been unable to make his $250,000 bond.
He claims he cannot get his bond lowered because of his ex-girlfriend’s connections to the court and officials.
“My life is in danger,” he said in his handwritten paperwork to the court from the Washington County Jail. “I am getting unfair justice.”
He insists he’s been jailed with the same people he put in jail as a policeman. He also claims the kidnapping charge was added to slander his name and increase his confinement.
Strong is credited with more than 300 career tackles and was picked to the Coaches All-SEC team. He 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, which fired him after the incident.
Chief Freddie Cannon said he did not know anything about the complaint.
In his complaint, Strong asks for the charges against him to be overturned, and for lost wages and damages for pain and suffering and false imprisonment.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com.