Who is Tony Farmer?
Tony Farmer was born on 24 March 1994, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and is a professional basketball player, best known to have played in The Basketball League (TBL) with the team the Yakima SunKings. He was considered one of the top high school prospects during his time, but his career was put on hold because of a prison sentence.
The Wealth of Tony Farmer
How rich is Tony Farmer? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through a successful career in professional basketball. He tried for the National Basketball Association (NBA), participating in the NBA Draft but was undrafted. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Top High School Prospect
Very little information is known about Tony’s childhood, including his family and his path towards basketball. It is known that he started playing the sport at a young age, and gained recognition when he attended Garfield Heights High School where he played with the school’s team as a small forward, and initially caught the attention of many due to his height.
He helped his team reach the Division 1 Ohio State Play-offs semi-finals during his second year, and was posting an average of 20.4 points per game. He was touted by online websites as a four star recruit, and was considered one of the Top 100 high school players in the country; at 18 years of age, Rivals ranked him in 86th spot of their prospect list, with a lot of potential. He was being chased by Division 1 schools and Big Ten programs but a costly mistake abruptly ended his forward momentum.
During the peak of his high school career at 18 years old, he was caught on camera brutally beating up his girlfriend in his apartment and forcing her to stay with him. The footage went viral, and he went to trial, covered by news and gained polarizing opinions across the country. The victim testified against him but also pleaded not to give him jail time as it would result in his basketball career being abruptly cut.
Numerous people and staff members defended him including teachers and his coach, but they weren’t able to sway the judge however, as he was sentenced to three years jail, guilty of kidnapping, robbery, intimidation, and felony assault. His reaction to the sentencing became viral as the realization sunk in. Many still criticize this decision as numerous teen athletes with similar or even worse cases were given a less harsh sentence. Many critics believed that the sentencing was racially motivated, pointing out other cases that didn’t end in prison time. One case in particular was Ethan Couch who killed four people in a drunk driving incident but he was given zero jail time and 10 years’ probation. On the other hand, others stated that if only Farmer had a bit more self-control ,then he wouldn’t have ended in that situation in the first place.
Post Prison Endeavors
In 2015 Tony was released from prison, and planned to enroll at Lincoln College, eventually continuing his run at professional basketball, however, due to his incarceration he was refused admission to the school. Eventually, he enrolled at the community Lee College located in Baytown, Texas. During his freshman and sophomore years, he made commendable efforts with the Runnin’ Rebels, however, his traction towards a professional career was already very low, considering the years he had spent away from the sport.
After his sophomore year in college he decided to turn pro, and entered the 2017 NBA draft. However, he went undrafted, but not wanting to give up on his dream, he joined the Yakima Sunkings team for the 2018 season, an NAPB franchise based in Yakima, Washington which previously competed in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
Be okay with other people receiving their blessing while yours is still in the development. Your time is coming…. pic.twitter.com/EftjISlJbE
— Tony Farmer jr (@kingtone_55) December 13, 2018
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, not much is known in terms of any of Farmer’s romantic relationships, aside from the assault victim which led to his imprisonment. There hasn’t been a lot of coverage about him after his imprisonment, as the media has focused on other basketball prospects and professionals.
Similar to other professional basketball players, he has accounts on social media to help with his online presence. His Twitter account showcases some of his daily thoughts and endeavors, and his profile shows that he has a child which indicates that he may be married, though he has not shared any details. He continues to pursue basketball as a career, hoping to gain entry into one of the teams in the NBA. His past experience has also led him to mature and develop spiritually, and he’s been open about his Christian faith since his release from prison. He also posts a lot of personal photos, and his posts often have him wearing some of the latest in sports apparel brands. Several people online have expressed support for him trying to pursue a career in the NBA.