Here is a man. Barely a man; he just ran out of adolescence. He stands alone, 2,000 miles from home, beside a swimming pool, in a stucco-walled apartment complex, in a city built on an American desert.
Seton Hall chancellor Thomas R. Peterson buckled under to intense pressure from media and alumni yesterday when he denied admission to star basketball recruit and admitted sex felon Richie Parker.
NEW YORK POST
Jan. 24, 1995
It's too hot to run. But he must run. He strips to his trunks. He steps into the pool. His body leans forward.
The University of Utah ceased its recruiting of former Manhattan Center basketball star Richie Parker in light of a barrage of media criticism and pressure from the university president regarding Parker's sexual abuse conviction.
NEW YORK NEWSDAY
May 6, 1995
His hands ball up. His left elbow draws back, pushing against the water. Slowly his foot begins to rise from the floor of the pool.
George Washington University officials informed high school basketball star Richie Parker yesterday they "regrettably" would stop recruiting him and blamed "unbalanced publicity" for a wave of criticism that hit the school for pursuing the youth, who had pleaded guilty to a sexual assault.
THE WASHINGTON POST
June 30, 1995
His foot gradually descends to the bottom of the pool. His other foot begins to push off. His shoulders tighten. The water pushes back.
Richie Parker will never wear a UTEP basketball uniform. UTEP has bowed out of its recruitment of the controversial basketball player, athletic director John Thompson announced Friday.
EL PASO HERALD-POST
Feb. 24, 1996
His knee slowly lifts again. His arms silently pump.