Sugar Ray Leonard, the former boxing champion was assaulted by a prominent Olympic Coach. The boxing champion reported to the New York Times on Tuesday that he was sexually abused as a teenager by the unnamed coach. According to the newspaper, Leonard made the claim in his upcoming autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring.
He said that the unnamed coach was assaulted him on two occasions, the 1st was when he was busy in competing at a tournament in Utica, NY at the age of 15. While the 2nd time it was happened several years later at the 1976 Olympics while the coach was discussing his prospects with him.
Leonard wrote in a statement, 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.” He said that he had been haunted by the ordeal for years but decided to reveal it in his book in the hope that he would help his own healing process. He wrote, “I realized I would never be free unless I revealed the whole truth, no matter how much it hurt.
Leonard is one of the best champions who won gold medal in the light welterweight division at the Montreal Olympics. During his boxing career, he also won titles at five different weight divisions and universally known as one of the sport’s greatest fighters
In book, Sugar Ray Leonard says coach sexually abused him