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The story under "Compton's Own" about championship wrestler Joey “Iceman” Davis is actually the follow-up to a story that is near to my heart. I go way back with this athlete and his father. When he was only

The story under “Compton’s Own” about championship wrestler Joey “Iceman” Davis is actually the follow-up to a story that is near to my heart.

I go way back with this athlete and his father.

When he was only 10 years old and the age-group champion in the U.S., he nearly missed a trip to Holland to compete in the World Championships because his father didn’t have the money for air fare and lodging. No one else would take up his case; no other local newspaper would give him as much as a paragraph.

Joey Sr., the dad called me. I saw the news worthiness at once. I wrote a piece on the collective shame of Compton’s political, church, school, and community leadership to sit on their “ass” and allow this kid to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime; I exposed the same about the national wrestling organization that was guilty of the same, maybe more, as Joey Davis, at the time was undefeated (a wrestling prodigy), something like 80-0 starting at age 6, and they couldn’t dig into their coffers to help this kid.

Well, after this story seared their behinds, the total dollar amount they raised for this kid was $9,000. His father has never forgotten it. And look at him, today. Movie offers are floating about. He’s a 2016 Olympic Games certainty, if he wants it; the MMA is offering contracts for him to go pro; the sky is the limit.

Joey Sr. told me that in exploratory movie scripts about the kid’s lifestory, I’m in the script.

Funny how life is.

–JDF

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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