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"The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring", Sugar Ray Leonard's biography is due to be released soon and one the most shocking insights into his life is how he claims he was sexually abused by one of his coaches when he was training for the Olympics. In the book he reveals that he recalls being told by this coach, at age 15, to take a bath in hot water and Epsom salts as the coach sat across the bathroom. He also remembers sitting in a car with the same coach, said to be in his late 40s, when “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.”
Sugar Ray admitted it was hard to tell this story ....
“But last year, after watching the actor Todd Bridges bare his soul on Oprah’s show about how he was sexually abused as a kid, I realized I would never be free unless I revealed the whole truth, no matter how much it hurt.”
Sugar Ray added he won't be discussing this incident until his book tour next month. Of course. But for now, his admission has raised concerns that this may be happening more often than reported in the field of sports.