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Russell Wilson Admits Bullying Past in Essay Against Domestic Violence

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 08:08 PM

"I used to beat people up." Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opened an essay about domestic violence with those words, taking ownership of bullying he did as a child and calling for everyone, not just the NFL, to take a stand against violence.

In an essay for The Players’ Tribune, a new website started by Derek Jeter, Wilson talked about his past behaviors and how he changed.

“Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up,” Russell wrote. “In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out. I had a lot of anger that I didn’t know what to do with. Thankfully, I was saved by my faith when I was 14 years old, and was able to start living for others instead of just myself.”

Wilson also announced the launch of a nonprofit organization, Why Not You.

"The first initiative of the Why Not You Foundation is to pass the peace. Our goal is to end domestic violence, one individual at a time, one decision at a time," Wilson said in a video. Individuals wanting to give $2 to help support The National Domestic Violence Hotline can text WNYPassthePeace to 41444.

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In his essay, Wilson cited stats that say 10,000 Americans are turned away from shelters every day because there aren’t enough resources to help them.

“I’ve been silent on the issue for too long, falling back on the ‘I can’t speak to someone else’s personal life’ excuse,” Wilson wrote in the essay. “But victims need physical, emotional and financial support and care, and the resources to get away from their abusers. Abusers, you need to get help — you can change.”

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"I used to beat people up." Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opened an essay about domestic violence with those words, taking ownership of bullying he did as a child and calling for everyone, not just the NFL, to take a stand against violence.
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