Over the years, there have been plenty of secrets the NFL has tried to hide. However, it would be impossible to cover up such a heinous crime committed by one of their up-and-coming star athletes. The Tampa Bay Times reports that despite the media swarm, Rae Carruth, who now goes by Rae Wiggins, kept schtum as he exited the Sampson Correctional Institution in 2018. Carruth, who never admitted his guilt or acknowledged any part in the murder of his girlfriend, had been an English major at UNC.
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In 2000, he flexed his literary muscles to describe his experience of serving time behind bars. Carruth wrote an ode to incarceration titled “How it feels to be caged.” CMM published an excerpt of the poem. It starts: “Think about how many times you’ve been to the zoo. Ever wonder how it would feel if one of the animals were you? Ever ask yourself if it’s possible for a gorilla to cry if the eagles or condors miss the sky? Ever look into the eyes of a giraffe or gazelle, and ask yourself how they survive in a lifeless hell?”
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“I bet you’ve never sensed the animals’ pain, humility or rage. Because it’s impossible to conceive unless you’ve lived on both sides of the cage,” it ends. However, unlike gorillas, giraffes, or gazelles, Carruth could enjoy exercise breaks, as many ramen noodles as you can eat, phone calls, and visits with loved ones.