Broncos star recalls upbringing in KC.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
DENVER — Shane Ray, outside linebacker with the Denver Broncos, just penned an article for The Players’ Tribune and the former Mizzou star disseminated some very unflattering stories about his horrific upbringing in Kansas City — a place he calls “The Murder Factory.” When he was 12-years-old, Ray said he discovered a dead man’s body just down the road from his home. The victim was shot in the head. A year later, Ray’s cousin became a murder victim in a “random botched robbery.”
Family dysfunction and poverty made things significantly worse. Ray always got into fights at school. “When you’re a kid, it takes a little while before you start really thinking about the fact that you’re living in a bad area,” Ray wrote. “It was just home to me. I didn’t know any better.”
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“Then I got a little older and I’d invite friends over after school,” Ray added. “We’d get to my house and they’d always react the same way: ‘This is where you live?’ Then we’d go to one of their houses in Mission, Kansas. Rows and rows of perfectly maintained lawns in front of huge brick houses.”
“When I’d get back home, I would suddenly notice the stuff on my block — like it appeared out of nowhere. Burned buildings. Condemned property. Drug dens. Shady dudes on the corner. And it dawned on me: So I guess this is the hood, then.”
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