Allen Mom, Stepdad In Witness Protection Program

Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, along with the Marc J. Spears of BOSTON GLOBE, reports today that everyone’s favorite ambush artists, ESPN’s E:60, will air a piece on Tuesday about Ray Allen’s family that reveals, “Flora Allen-Hopson, Allen’s mother, and Derek Hopson, Allen’s stepfather, have spent more than two years in a witness protection program, after the attempted murder of Hopson, a psychologist.

Ray Allen

The husband of the former wife of Hopson, Ernest Garlington, a counselor of at-risk kids, organized the attempted murder of Hopson. Recently, Garlington was sentenced to 33 years in prison on five counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

The story was widely reported earlier this month when Garlington was sentenced, but the ESPN piece will be the first to give the story national exposure, which calls into question something.

It is interesting to note that although Garlington’s murder trial was covered by the media, the witness protection program part never surfaced in press reports. Perhaps there was an embargo on that side of the story that ESPN broke?

Also, if someone is trying to remain undercover, why the hell would they go on national television to discuss their case? Who’s to say that there isn’t someone else out there working on Garlington’s behalf?

Now I’m assuming there won’t be any details revealed about the hows, wheres and whys in the ESPN report, but who really knows how it will turn out?

Just when you think the insatiable desire to become famous can’t get anymore bizarre, this comes along.

We’ve got a better idea for Derek Hopson if he wants to remain invisible. Just go back to the way he played defense in the NBA and Ohio State - then no one will ever be able to find him.