Sugar Ray Leonard Reveals Sexual Abuse in New Book: “I Was Dying Inside”
Sugar Ray Leonard drops a bombshell in his new memoir, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. The legendary boxer writes that he was sexually abused as a teenager by a "prominent Olympic boxing coach" who is now deceased.
"I had to get that out because it was killing me inside," Ray, 55, told CNN. "I was dying inside. I told no one. I kept this to myself for 30-something years. ... A guy don't talk about those things, especially me as a fighter. I could have kicked their butts but I didn't. It was hard. It was killing me. I'm so glad that I'm releasing this. As painful as it is, it's okay."
The book was released on June 6, just a couple of weeks after the completion of Dancing With the Stars Season 12, in which Ray was eliminated third.