“I have more empathy for people now. I see the pain and destruction that I’ve caused in people’s lives. I’m hoping God gives me a chance to make that up somehow.”
I was playing football in NC State and fractured two vertebrae in my neck. I came home, worked in a bank for a bunch of years and started to get involved in the easy life. Started living bad, selling drugs, running numbers, doing a lot of illegal stuff I shouldn’t have been doing. God had a way of settling me down. I was in a car accident. I broke my leg in six places and got hooked on pain pills. The same things that make you laugh make you cry. I had sold death, pain, and misery to people for so long. I used to laugh and look down on them and think that weak people got hooked on drugs. Then the same thing happened to me. The pain pills soon went to heroin. I lost everything in two years. I lost my gym, my job, my house, my marriage, my children.
I ended up in the penitentiary for almost fifteen years. That’s pretty much where I’m at today. I’m still battling, getting out from under probation. I haven’t committed a crime in almost twenty years, but I still can’t get out from under probation.
I’m a single father with custody of a five-year-old girl. Her mother’s dead from a heroin overdose. I’m relying on God now and hoping that he shows up. I have more empathy for people now. I see the pain and destruction that I’ve caused in people’s lives. I’m hoping God gives me a chance to make that up somehow.