Ausar Walcott was cut by the Browns last week after he was charged with attempted murder. Days earlier, he had been mentoring teens at Hackensack High, the New Jersey school he attended, and telling them to avoid the kind of trouble that can take away an athletic career.
Gordon Whiting, a coach at the school, told the Bergen Record that Walcott had been working out at the school and telling teenage football players about a previous incident in which he was suspended from the football team at Virginia after he was charged with assault and battery. Whiting said one 14-year-old who had been getting into trouble seemed to be particularly taken by Walcott and convinced that he needed to stay far away from situations when violence might break out.
“He saved the kid’s life,” Whiting said.
Despite giving that message, Walcott was allegedly in a street fight outside a strip club last weekend, and a man he’s accused of punching in the head has been in a coma since.