Kang Byung-kyu, a baseball star-turned-TV show host, has said he earned “vitamins in life” through community service, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Kang, who completed 160 hours of community service for disabled children under a court sentence for his habitual gambling, was quoted as saying in his writing that “I will be grateful for everything for the rest of my life. I’m now confident of overcoming any difficulties.”
“I will really reflect on the fact that I had never cared about the lives of others in the past. This community service was a really cherished experience and became vitamins in my life.”
On February 5, Kang, 36, received a suspended jail sentence for habitually gambling online. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence and 160 hours of community service.
The Seoul Central District Court said that Kang wagered large sums on illegal games at online sites showing live baccarat games from a gaming house in the Philippines. The court added that Kang had even visited one of the sites 500 times.
But the court only handed down a mild penalty because he was the only victim of his losses, had no criminal record and had reflected on his wrongdoing.
Kang was indicted by the Seoul Prosecutor’s Office without physical detention on charges of wagering 2.6 billion won, or $1.8 million, from October 2007 to May 2008. (Korea Times)