He says he took the same all-out approach to treating sports injuries as he did to playing baseball -- "whether it was running into an outfield wall or breaking up a double play." As for why the girls thought otherwise, and accused him of touching their rear ends, breasts and, in one case, genitals, he doesn't want to speculate: "I've been really discouraged by how often and how wrong people have assumed my motivations, so I'll extend them that same courtesy," he says.
That's why, he believes, he has sat in prison since October on a seven-to-15-year conviction for molesting three teenage girls at the rural Michigan high school where he volunteered.
Curtis, 45, says he could have taken a misdemeanor plea, served a year and a half in county, and been home with his wife and six kids by now.
Iconic gospel singer Kim Burrell is fending off backlash from LGBT advocates after she unapologetically called out megachurch Pastor Eddie Long, Andrew Caldwell and a "perverted homosexual spirit" being used to embarrass the church.
Caldwell became an internet sensation after a video of him declaring "I'm not gay no more" went viral.
In 1999, he hit a game-winning home run in the World Series against the Braves, then, in the next game, caught the last out of the last World Series of the 20 century.
He gave away half of his earnings to nonprofit organizations -- groups like Focus on the Family and anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, he tells me.
2,018) and had begun substitute teaching and volunteering in the Lakewood weight room.
The community considered itself lucky to have him; he would later be hired as football coach.
We're sitting in a side room off the main visitor's room of Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian, Mich., which is roughly equidistant between Ann Arbor and Toledo.
Curtis's hair is a graying version of the same 1950s-style flattop buzzcut he wore as a player, and his broad shoulders fill out his prison uniform perfectly.
Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, has for years lived under a cloud of allegations stemming from lawsuits filed by multiple men who say he engaged them in sexual acts.