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Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 3:55 pm  |  15 responses

Kenny Anderson Says He Was Sexually Abused as a Child


NBA great Kenny Anderson is taking part in an off-Broadway play, and revealed to the stunned audience that he was molested twice while growing up. Per SB Nation: “He’s doing this in the Penis Monologues, a sort of stage play/therapy session/storytelling contest organized by Anderson’s longtime friend Joe Brown, Jr. He’s doing it in an autobiography called Instructions Not Included, which is due out in March of next year. If Brown can figure out a way to get this television show made, Anderson will tell it there. [...] Kenny Anderson will say it: he was sexually abused, in two separate instances and by two separate monsters, during a multiply harrowing early life that he will also tell you about. That life — ungoverned by a mother too addicted and conflicted to be much of a parent, then ungovernable by dint of the heavy freedom his talent for the game gave to him — did not prepare him for any kind of life but the one he’d suffered through. It bruised and broke him, as of course it would. It helped make him a person he no longer likes much, or much resembles. He wants to talk about it now, all of it. When Anderson sat down to talk about all this, he had just finished a cruise with his wife, which they’d taken in part to prepare for what is happening now, and will happen next. This is not the sort of thing that gets said just once, and Anderson — whose career was not what it could have been, by his own weary admission, but which was still what it was — will now have to talk about it and talk about it and talk about it, after decades of not. [...] After he had talked about it all, after he’d waded into and through it, Anderson sat back on the couch and talked about the thing that got him out of Queens, that took him everywhere. ‘Me and my basketball, in the park’ he said. ‘I’d just go to the park. Whoever was in the park was who I was talking to, but I’ve always been sort of a loner.’ This was the basketball he played before anyone was watching, the same game and different. There are a lot of parks in New York City, a lot of places to show out and be the Kenny Anderson that basketball let him be. So Anderson would go there. ‘Me and my mentor, Vincent Smith, we’d work out and do drills and all that, and then just go to every borough,’ Anderson remembered. He was smiling, finally. ‘Find the best competition. And just kill ‘em.’”

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  • big al

    no jokes on this one guys….

  • The Philosopher

    In his prime, he was a borderline Hall of Fame point guard.

  • LakeShow

    Naw, not really lol…

  • spit hot fiyah

    one of my favorite 90′s PGs, sick handle

  • Solito

    When we say “life is about more then just basketball”, we think of all the positive things that could happen but never that “more” could be a burden that has to be shouldered. Take care of yourself Kenny Anderson… the first step is always the hardest.

  • Jay Brodes

    kinda weird he is doing this now?? feel bad if this is true

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Don’t know if he was borderline Hall of Fame. But he had a nice 7 year run in NJ and Portland. Any PG whose name has to be mentioned when talking about PGs from New York is legit though.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Can’t really comment on timing with these kinds of issues especially with grown men. And grown men who played in the NBA and were pretty good. Talking about something like this probably isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do.

  • That Dude

    wtf slam – can you make your articles readable – this isn’t even in english. jesus christ.

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    Can’t really comment on timing
    with these kinds of issues especially with grown men. And grown men who
    played in the NBA and were pretty good. Talking about something like
    this probably isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Much respect to him. It takes a lot of courage for anyone to do that–I hope it’s therapeutic for him and really helps. Whatever you gotta do to come to grips with your trauma and get on the road to recovery/healing.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    so was Baron Davis and Steve francis

  • swill

    can’t imagine someone would lie about this.

  • The Philosopher

    I agree.

  • Clos1881

    I don’t know anybody who would lie about being molested that’s not something that you just associate with yourself unless its true and even then most wouldn’t speak on it. That basketball has been therapeutic to so many even those who never made it to the league.

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