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Retired NBA star Kenny Anderson says he was sexually abused as a child

By DeAntae Prince Sporting News

Retired NBA point Kenny Anderson has decided to open up about dark moments from his childhood years as part of his participation in a Broadway play called “The Penis Monologues,” organized by longtime friend Joe Brown, Jr.

In the autobiographical play, Anderson reveals that he was molested as a child, in two difference instances by two different people, at ages eight and nine. He talked with about the experience of speaking to a subject on which he had remained silent for so long.

Former NBA star Kenny Anderson recently revealed to the public that he was sexually abused as a child. (AP Photo)

Anderson, who will release an autobiography entitled "Instructions Not Included" in March of next year, said he is only speaking about being sexually abused now because he believes he can help others.

“Let people know that this is me, this is what happened to me,” Anderson told “The bottom line if I can help somebody. They see Kenny Anderson got molested and he’s talking about it. Now people gone come out and maybe be able to tell their story.”

For a long time, Anderson didn’t feel that he could speak with anyone about being sexually abused. He kept the details to himself and become a recluse, Anderson said, spending most of his time with, "Me and my basketball, in the park."

“It killed me like it killed some other kids that’s been molested,” Anderson said. “You can really take a lot out of a kid for the rest of their lives.

“I think without the fame, without the basketball, celebrity, notoriety, might have been more difficult for me.”

Now, in a move that could prove to be as therapeutic as it is inspiring, Anderson is speaking his truth.

“I wasn’t going to do it, but the trigger went off for me and this had to be done,” Anderson said.