Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’lik Richmond, who was one of two football players convicted on Sunday of raping an allegedly drunk teenage girl in Steubenville, Ohio, said the first time he told his son that he loved him was on the day the verdict was read.
He warned parents to be “a parent” and “not a friend” and be involved in the lives of their kids.
“Basically, because I hadn’t been around in Ma’lik’s life like I should have been at those early years,” he told CNN after the verdict. “And I want to stress that parents need to get involved more in their kids’ lives.”
He continued, “Be a parent, not a friend … Teach your kids what alcohol and drugs can do to destroy their lives and teach your kids how to make decisions and to combat peer pressure.”
Richmond, along with Trent Mays, was convicted of raping a West Virginia teenager.