While the current scandal at Penn State University revolving around child molestation shocks the country, many are now remembering a case that occurred with a member of another historic sports organization, the Boston Red Sox.
Donald Fitzpatrick, a former clubhouse manager for the Sox for 20 years, abused a dozen Black boys in their spring training home of Winter Haven, Florida.
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“He grabbed me and told me to take my clothes off,” Leeronnie Ogletree, who said Fitzpatrick lured him into years of molestation when he was just 10, told thepostgame.com. “I’ll never forget him putting his mouth on my penis. I don’t mind telling it now because I’m over it. But that stands out. And I’ll never forget it.”
It took decades for the truth to come out about Fitzpatrick, who is white, and his criminal desire for young black boys. In 2003 the Boston Red Sox settled a $3.15 million federal lawsuit brought against them by Ogletree and seven other men from Winter Haven who said Fitzpatrick repeatedly molested them as boys.