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
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.