Sugar Ray Leonard: Legendary Boxer Details Sexual Abuse in New Book
Sugar Ray Leonard Has Come Forward With Some Shocking Allegations In His Latest Book
Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the most famous boxers of all time, but until now, we didn't know everything that he had to overcome to be one of the greatest to ever put on a pair of gloves.
The boxer wrote his autobiography and in it, he details sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a coach when he was growing up.
Per the Boston Globe:
He was flattered, filled with hope, as any young athlete would be. But he writes: “Before I knew it, he had unzipped my pants and put his hand, then mouth, on an area that has haunted me for life. I didn’t scream. I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door and ran.’’
Leonard, who turned 55 yesterday, won a gold medal at the 1976 Games then went on to capture five world titles in five weight classes.
He writes: “I do know that I was in a lot of pain as I chased my dream of winning the gold.’’
That is simply horrible.
No child should have to go through what Leonard did and it's a testament to his strong will and determination that he overcame it to have a successful boxing career and a rewarding life. What he went through isn't easy to get past and I'm sure that a part of him is still crushed by it.
Leonard isn't commenting on the allegations at the moment and I don't blame him. It can't be an easy thing to talk about and while I'm sure he'll come forward at some point, it was awful brave of him to admit to something that most people would rather keep secret.
It takes a strong man to live with that secret and then reveal it for the world to see.
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