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October 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Russell Wilson: “I used to beat people up”

Now-former New York Yankee Derek Jeter revealed this morning the Senior Editor of his new Players’ Tribune web site — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

And in his first piece for the site, Wilson makes an interesting and somewhat surprising admission that he was a bully as a kid.

“I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out.”

Interesting stuff. And it will be equally interesting to watch Wilson’s role in this as things move forward.

Wilson makes the admission about having been a bully at times as a child in a broader piece in which he also addresses some of the recent incidents of domestic violence that have haunted the NFL early this season and also says he is launching a new “Why Not You Foundation.” As he writes:

“I’ve recently launched the “Why Not You Foundation” where I’ll be raising funds and awareness for a number of worthy causes. It’s a place where I plan to give back, and for my first initiative, I want us to Pass the Peace to support victims of domestic violence. The idea behind Pass the Peace is simple: It’s a promise. I’m sharing my love for you. I want to take care of you. I am here for you.”

We’ll have a chance to ask Wilson about this when he meets the media Friday.

UPDATE: Since this was first posted, the Players’ Tribune sent out a press release with some added details on Wilson’s involvement. Here it is below:

(New York, NY, October 2, 2014) The Players’ Tribune, the new multimedia digital company founded and published by Derek Jeter and backed by Legendary Entertainment, today named Russell Wilson as the platform’s first Senior Editor.

Wilson’s first piece of content for The Players’ Tribune explores his personal experience with bullying and his thoughts on speaking out against domestic violence. It is available at

“It’s simple. Derek Jeter and Legendary are at the top of the game. That’s where I want to go,” Wilson said of the decision to join The Players’ Tribune.

In the coming days and weeks, The Players’ Tribune will announce additional professional athlete editors and contributors.

The Players’ Tribune will provide fans with unprecedented access to top athletes across every sport. The platform gives athletes the tools to develop and create quality content ranging from first-person written features to videos, podcasts, photo galleries, polls and more, and will cover topics from sports commentary to lifestyle and popular culture. The Players’ Tribune will provide an authentic and holistic perspective from the athletes themselves and will be “The Voice of the Game.”


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