As former Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams awaits sentencing Friday on a rape conviction, there has been a groundswell of support for the athlete.

The player's family insists the 22-year-old Williams is innocent. They say Williams, who is black, is the victim of misidentification by two white women at a 2010 house party and of racial profiling by a jury of 11 whites and one Asian member.

Several websites and Facebook pages have popped up in support and one online petition urging the judge to suspend his sentence and set him free has more than 1,700 signatures.

Williams' case also attracted the Rev. Jesse Jackson to Stillwater to speak on his behalf to supporters.