5. ERIC FRIMPONG: UCSB player maintains innocence in rape case


Eric Frimpong, a starter on UC Santa Barbara's 2006 NCAA Division I championship team, was arrested last Saturday for investigation of rape and was released after $100,000 bail was posted.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office reported detectives developed probable cause to arrest Frimpong for rape following an investigation of a reported rape of a UCSB student.

Robert Sanger, Frimpong's attorney, described the incident as "totally out of character" with Frimpong and said his client cooperated with authorities, provided a DNA sample and maintained his innocence. He also described the report detailing the allegations against Frimpong as "one-sided" and "unfair."

The 21-year-old Frimpong, a native of Sunyani, Ghana, was selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft.
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