A spirited tale of redemption from a seemingly insurmountable life of tragedy and crime, this first autobiography of professional wrestler and TV commentator Booker T. Huffman details his life before celebrity status in the ring. Beginning with Booker T's single-parent upbringing after the passing of his father, this powerful account reveals the gritty reality of his formative years—from the gruesome accident Booker T witnessed at the age of 13 that led to his mother's death and his subsequent life of abject poverty as an orphan in urban Houston to years of reckless drug use, dealing, and violence that culminated in a five-year prison sentence for robbery. With engaging candor Booker T writes of his refusal to allow his years of crime to cloud his future and his decision to take responsibility for his life and make a positive impact in his community. This intimate profile chronicles his transition from absentee father to locating his child in foster care and taking custody; events that led Booker T to pursue a better life and a career with the WWE by attending World Wrestling Alliance training camp. It also sheds insight into Booker T's relationship with his seven siblings, including his brother and eventual tag team member Lane "Stevie Ray" Huffman.
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|Title of eBook: Booker T: From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle|
|Release Date: 09-01-2012|
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|Publisher: Medallion Press|
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Booker T: From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle
Chapter OneFrom the Streets to the System
"Freeze! Hold it right there. Hands over your head."
I stood petrified, only one thought crashing through my mind. Now what?
A nightmare was unfolding before my very eyes. I couldn't grasp that it was actually happening, but it was—and mere feet from my front door. I could not concentrate on anything other than those drawn guns.
Two officers threw me to the ground. A knee smashed into my back, and my wrists were slapped into cuffs. One policeman underhooked my arms and picked me up while reading me my rights.
Defiantly, I did what I had been taught since childhood: I played ignorant. "Hey, man, what's goin' on? What's all this about?"
The one thing flashing through my brain was the advice of my sister Billie Jean, a streetwise hustler as cool as they came: Junior, once you tell a lie, you've always got to stick to that first lie. Even in the back of the cop car, I insisted, "I have no idea what you're talking about. You've got the wrong guy."
I was convinced no one could identify me. I was wrong. When they put me in a lineup at the station, I was instantly picked out.
Well, so much for ignorance. As it turned out, it wasn't even a stranger who identified me but, of all people, my boy Zach's girlfriend, who had decided to cash in on the five-thousand-dollar reward and rat us out.
I was doomed.
Even without Robin's big mouth in the mix, it would have been just a matter of time before my boys and I were caught. After all, we had painted ourselves into a corner within the Houston metropolitan grid.
I was thrown into Harris County Jail with a ba...