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Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green could be facing a lengthy jail sentence if he is convicted in a case in Wisconsin.

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On Wednesday the four-time Pro Bowl running back was arrested and charged with felony child abuse: intentionally causing harm or cruelty toward A child, TMZ Sports reports.

“We had contact with Mr. Green on Sunday, June 25, at 11:30 p.m. He was arrested for physical abuse of a child in a family-related incident,” the Brown County, Wis., Sheriff’s Department told TMZ Sports. “The referral has been made to the Brown County District Attorney’s Office, and any additional requests will need to be made to them, as we cannot comment on pending cases.”

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Green, 40, is being held without bond until he appears in front of a judge. If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison. Green was the featured running back for the Packers from 2000 to 2006. He returned to the team in 2009, which was also his final season in the NFL. Green also played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans, and remains the Packers’ all-time leading rusher.

Read more at TMZ Sports.

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One common link between my Somali ass and other black/African/Africanized people is that we bond over the discipline our parents meted out. Whenever I’d tell white friends about it, they called it out for what it was; abuse. Hitting your child like they’re an adult is abuse. Making them put out their hands whilst you lash them over and over again with a belt, wooden spoon, slipper, cord, or switch is abuse. Making the child kneel on rice for hours on end is abuse. I remember when a W. Indian friend of mine got pregnant and an uncle of hers joked that he would slap da pickney if the child talked back to him. My friend looked him dead in the face and said over my dead body. Things are changing but many of us walk around with the trauma of that abuse and joke about it when in reality it harms all relationships we have as adults and often is the underlying cause of mental illness and addictions.