The Richmond Standard
A famous former Los Angeles cocaine kingpin headed to Richmond this past weekend to play softball — and also to apologize to local residents for his part in helping to create the crack epidemic in the U.S.
“Freeway” Rick Ross — not the rapper, but the reformed drug dealer who in the early 1980s made as much as $2 million in a day — was the special guest at Soulful Softball Sundays, which was took place at Nichol Park.
The weekly Richmond softball event was formed earlier this year in an effort to unify the community in response to a spate of gun violence.
Ross has been touring the country to apologize to communities who were affected by his drug empire, and also to take steps to right those wrongs, according to Rodney Alamo Brown, a community advocate who informed us of Ross’ planned visit.
“[Ross] understands his role and is truly honest about his demise of our people,” Brown said. “The truth of the matter is until we can forgive ourselves of our trespasses against our fellow brother, then nobody should register a complaint of Rick wanting to apologize to our city.”
Local groups The Sons of Issachar and Men and Women of Purpose are responsible for bringing Ross to Soulful Softball Sundays, Brown said.
Ross was given a life prison sentence in 1996, but says his learning to read while behind bars had a lot to do with his release in 2009. Since his release, Ross is back in action as an entrepreneur and also as a philanthropist.
Ross runs the Freeway Literacy Foundation promoting reading among youth, among other projects.