Pelé's Son Sentenced To 33 Years In Prison

By Gustavo Braga
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Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, nicknamed Edinho, is the son of soccer biggest superstar, three-time World Cup Champion Pelé. One of the most recognizable faces and names in the world, Pelé was responsible for changing the game of soccer. Much like Michael Jordan did to basketball, he made the game a worldwide sensation and is still responsible for the Brazilian jerseys you see in every continent to this day. Sadly his son did not follow his footsteps.

After a brief career playing as a goalkeeper for his father’s former team Santos FC, Edinho went to the sidelines to work as an assistance coach and different front office positions. In 2005, he was arrested for drug possession and was linked to the biggest drug dealer of the region. At the time, he admitted to being a drug addict but denied any participation in drug operations.

After spending some time in jail he got the court order to be released, but after 45 days, he was indicted for money laundry by the supreme court that claimed he used the money originated from drug trafficking to invest in other areas.

He went back to prison and stayed for about a year until being granted another habeas corpus. The legal process went on and finally on Friday the judge responsible for the case rules that he was indeed guilty of money laundry and association with drug trafficking, sentencing him to thirty three years in prison.

He was ordered to hand his passport to the closest juridical institution to prevent him from fleeing the country, but he has not yet been arrested.

Unfortunately it seems Pelé, the King of Soccer, an ambassador for sports, healthy living and good will is going to have a lot on his mind besides Brazil’s performance in the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

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