Patrice Evra, a former Manchester United defender, has disclosed that he was sexually abused as a teenager.
In an interview with The New York Times ahead of the release of his autobiography, “I Love This Game,” Evra says the incident happened when he was 13 years old.
Even his mother and family are surprised that the ex-France international is only now exposing it at the age of 40.
Evra described how, after transferring to a new school, he remained at his principal’s house. The teacher would let him play Nintendo and assist him with his homework at his home on school premises.
He admitted, “I now recognize that he was attempting to groom me.”
“The head teacher would slip his hands under my bedcover and try to touch me, thinking I’d gone to sleep,” Evra continued. I tried to push him away and punch him because I knew what he was doing was wrong.
“I was tough, but I was also terrified, though I couldn’t show it to him.” As if it were a fight, this may continue on for 10 or 15 minutes. He wasn’t joking when he said he was trying his hardest to get my pants off.
“In the dim light, there were no words uttered, but he was caressing himself and becoming sexually thrilled by what was going on.”
“I kept it a secret from everyone.” I was too embarrassed to tell my mother, and I wasn’t sure if anyone else would believe me either. Until now, I haven’t told anyone the whole tale.”
“On the last night at that man’s place, when he realized I was returning to my family, he finally succeeded: he took my penis in his mouth,” Evra says.