Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud had an unbelievable Sunday as he led the crew to a victory within the closing seconds towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However the win and setting the rookie document for many passing yards in a single sport wasn’t the one factor on his thoughts when he got here to the rostrum to speak to reporters.
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Stroud took the chance to speak about his father, Coleridge Bernard Stroud III, who stays incarcerated after receiving a 38 years to life sentence after pleading responsible in 2016 to carjacking, kidnapping and theft prices in a drug-related incident.
“What I’ve been battling with is making an attempt to nonetheless be a household man, nonetheless assist out, and nonetheless be a soccer participant and do my job,” Stroud stated. “It’s been robust.”
Stroud, who has been open about his religion prior to now, has relied on a robust help system along with his household and mates even by way of his father might not see him play. He stated he was praying his father may catch a break and get to NRG Stadium someday to see him play.
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Coleridge Stroud III has been in jail for the reason that quarterback was in center college and is presently serving time at Folsom State Jail close to Sacramento. He stated, initially, he wasn’t positive if he needed to talk out publicly however was moved to help his father and others in jail.
“Our felony justice system isn’t proper, and it’s one thing that I must most likely be a bit extra vocal about, as a result of what he’s going by way of will not be proper,” C.J. Stroud stated. “He referred to as me this week, and we obtained to speak, and I’m praying for the state of affairs and a reform, and the individuals with reform are serving to me a bit bit.
“However, I feel simply letting it’s recognized that it’s not simply my dad’s state of affairs, however the entire felony justice system is corrupt.”
The quarterback stated he was additionally upset by movies he’s seen of squalid situations at prisons in Mississippi.
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“Among the prisons there have rats, roaches and issues like that,” he stated. “Don’t get me flawed — criminals, they need to do their time, however they’re nonetheless people, know what I imply? I simply wish to shine a lightweight on that actually fast.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.