‘It was a cloaking device for me’: Spurs’ Lonnie Walker reveals he was sexually abused as a child

San Antonio Spur shares ‘real truth’ about why he grew his hair

San Antonio Spurs' Lonnie Walker IV walks off the court after the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 115-104. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Antonio Spurs' Lonnie Walker IV walks off the court after the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 115-104. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker revealed in an Instagram post on Thursday the real reason why he started growing his hair in the 5th grade.

Spurs’ Lonnie Walker IV cuts off signature ‘pineapple hair’

Walker states in the post that his hair was his cloaking device and that during the summer of his 5th-grade year he was around more family.

“I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what,” Walker posted. “I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence.”

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The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”..... because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾

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He goes on to talk about how because of the coronavirus he began to “truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was.”

The long post also reveals how he feels now and how he “shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually" and that he will be off Instagram for a while as he is still growing through this.

Mayor Ron Nireberg and others have reacted to Walker’s post on social media. Nirenberg posted on Twitter about how there is so much to admire about Lonnie Walker and proud he is a San Antonian.

The second year former first round pick cut off his signature hair Wednesday night during an Instagram live on his official account.

He decided to cut off nearly all of it and shared photos on social media of his new look.


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