Former Celtic Anderson discloses abusive childhood

Former Celtic Anderson discloses abusive childhood
July 26, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Kenny Anderson played in Boston from 1998 to 2002.

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By Pat O'Rourke

One year after Keyon Dooling told the public he was sexually abused as a child, another former Celtics point guard has followed suit.

Kenny Anderson, who played five of his fourteen NBA seasons in Boston from 1998 to 2002, told David Roth of SB Nation that he was sexually abused as a youth.

In a four-minute interview with Roth, Anderson disclosed his childhood struggles, from his upbringing in a downtrodden, crime-ridden community in New York City to when the abuse ensued to when he disclosed the abuse history to his wife.

Anderson, who considered himself a loner as a child, saw the disclosure as a way of helping someone who is in a similar situation and struggling to come to grips with what happened.

“The bottom line is if I can help somebody,” said Anderson, “and they see Kenny Anderson got molested and he’s talking about it, then maybe people can come out and maybe tell their story.”

Anderson played 4 ½ seasons in Boston, averaging 11.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 241 games.