From the Philadelphia Inquirer
By Illene Raymond Rush
‘I’m a man. I’m a champion. I didn’t want to look weak.”
Weak is not a word usually associated with five-time world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. But as a survivor of child sexual abuse, a secret Leonard concealed for more than 40 years, he feared people might view him differently if he ever disclosed it.
“I knew something was wrong,” he says. “I drank to numb and cushion what I was hiding. When people see me, they see a champion who kicked [Roberto] Duran’s butt, but the kid inside me was still living, and I didn’t know how to find comfort.”