18 Sep 2005
A powerful story from Karen Crouse of the New York Times. When he was an adolescent, the Jets' Laveranues Coles was molested by a man his mother later married.
"Some kids do look up to us," he said. "Maybe if I say something, they'll feel strong enough to say, 'I can say something now because it's happened to him.' Even if it's one kid who I can touch, who my story gives him the strength to come out and say something, I feel like it's worth it." ... His stepfather was sentenced to nine years in a Florida prison in 1992 after pleading guilty to lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor. He served three and a half years; he was later convicted of an unrelated felony and has been in prison since 2001.
I admire Coles greatly for coming forward with an obviously difficult chapter of his life; he many never know how many children he helps.
22 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 12:17am by Kim
Our offseason Four Downs series continues with a division-by-division look at each team's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. Does anyone in the NFC South have any pass rushers? Well, the Bucs might, but they still need more players to catch the ball.