In case you’re not aware, Latin American judicial systems are all messed up. They take the anti-death penalty proponents here in America to an entirely new level. Perhaps as a result of the reign of malicious dictatorships that plagued Latin America from the time of independence from Spain until the mid-1900s, sentences for crimes are very lenient for the most part, almost as if they are a form of retribution for the common people.
Some of the worst serial killers of all time have come from South American nations, some of them totaling hundreds of victims. Yet, many received only a few decades worth of time behind bars and were later allowed to roam free again, likely continuing to murder for the remainder of their lives. That cold reality has now entered into the sports world, as Brazilian professional soccer player Bruno Fernandes de Souza was recently signed by the Brazilian club Boa Esporte.
A convicted felon, the player commonly known by his first name (a typical practice in the Brazilian football world) was released from prison only last month after serving time for having his ex-girlfriend tortured, killed and fed to dogs. Almost too incredibly disturbing to be true, Bruno had the woman killed because she sought financial support from him after she became pregnant with his child.
True to Latin American judicial practices, Bruno served only seven years of the ridiculously lenient 22-year sentence that he received in 2010 and was quickly signed by the second-tier Brazilian soccer team Boa Esporte after being released from prison. Garnering the wrath of feminist groups in Brazil, the signing should be garnering the wrath of everyone with a conscience living in the country of Brazil.
To put this into perspective, the American equivalent of Bruno is former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth, who ordered the shooting of his pregnant girlfriend in 2001 and is now serving time for it. The primary difference between the two disgraced athletes’ situations is that once he’s released from prison (which should really be never, but I digress), Carruth won’t have any chance of ever being employed by an NFL team in any capacity ever again. On the other hand, in Brazil, a nation that appears to not take sadistic murder too seriously, Bruno is being paid to play a professional sport less than a decade after he ordered the killing of a pregnant woman and had her remains fed to dogs.
While American sports do struggle in terms of balancing business and competitiveness with morality from time to time, at least they have never supported a sadistic monster who doesn’t deserve to see the light of day ever again, let alone be employed as a professional athlete. Hopefully, Bruno’s second chance at a soccer career will be short-lived. Until then, anyone and everyone affiliated and associated with Boa Esporte should boycott everything to do with the team in the hope that a rightful termination of Bruno’s contract will result from it.