The Trials and Tribulations of Genarlow Wilson
When I read that Genarlow Wilson was not being released from prison, I began to cry.
Wilson was a star in the classroom and highly-regarded prep football
player in Georgia who held Detroit Lions first round draft choice
Calvin Johnson to four receptions in two games. Most prominent in his
box of football recruiting letters were the ones from the Ivies: Brown
and Columbia. He was known as an overachiever. He was also the
homecoming king at his high school, Douglas County High.
At a New Years Eve party in 2003, Wilson, then age 17, had
consensual oral sex with a 15-year old girl. According to everyone at
the party, the girl in question, and even the prosecutor of Wilson’s
case agreed that she initiated the act.