Do you remember former Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis? If not, he was the guy who hit a walk-off home run in Game 3 of the 1999 World Series against the Braves and won a ring that year with New York. He won one with the Yankees the year before that, too. But these days, Curtis is in a bad place in life.
He was just sentenced to seven to 15 years in jail on six counts of second-, third-, and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after three different teenage girls accused him of touching them inappropriately two years ago when he worked at a high school as a strength coach. They all claim that he groped them on separate occasions after offering to give them athletic massages. And they all also claim that, after the gropings, he apologized and then asked them to pray with him.
Curtis denies that any of it happened. He maintains that the girls are lying about what happened and delivered a speech in the courtroom during his sentencing that was, well, bizarre to say the least.
"The truth will set her free," he said. "I think this whole thing is an unfortunate situation where the whole truth has not been told. I believe her [the victim] and I could write a book someday and it would have a positive impact on a whole lot of people."
See what we mean? Bizarre. But at any rate, Curtis will be spending the better part of the next decade or so in jail. And from the sound of things, that's exactly where he deserves to be.