San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker has revealed he was sexually assaulted when he was a 5th grader. Walker surprised his fans when he cut his hairdo on Wednesday; the hairstyle was part of his life for at least six years and Lonnie revealed the real meaning behind it.
He shared he was sexually assaulted, raped and abused when he was in the fifth grade with an Instagram post. Walker said that his hair was something he could control, trying to surpass his situation, having fun with his haircut.
"The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”..... because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾"
Even his agent confirmed Lonnie wasn't having a good time during the quarantine, but he finally found peace by opening up about the incident. He didn't mention any name but assured he had forgotten whoever did that to him.
"This is something that Lonnie has been dealing with for some time," Walker's agent, George Langberg, said in a statement to ESPN on Thursday night. "Being able to share this shows tremendous strength and courage, while also lifting a weight off of Lonnie. It is his hope that by opening up, it will help anyone who reads his story that may have been sexually abused in the past, or anyone who may be going through something similar now, to know that they are not alone.”
Now, what came as a huge surprise for plenty of fans was a revelation, a liberation for Lonnie, who set himself free by cutting his hair. It takes a lot of courage and braveness to admit this on social media, in a world where trolls and people trying to humiliate others are everywhere. Mad respect for Lonnie Walker IV for doing this.