Perth Amboy football player condemns domestic violence
A high school football player from Perth Amboy is taking a stand against domestic violence.
This comes after several professional football players -- like Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and former Giants kicker Josh Brown -- have made national headlines for just the opposite.
"These guys are the guys I looked up to. I thought these guys were so perfect, but look what happened," says Deonte Freeman, who witnessed his own mother being mistreated time and time again. "I just want my mother to not have to worry about anything anymore."
Maria Alicea lived in Cleveland with Freeman and two other sons until two years ago. For five years there, Alicea was dating a violent, abusive man, according to the family and a police report obtained by News 12.
"I was put in a room for hours, until whenever he decided to let me go," Alicea says. "I was hit with a belt whenever he felt like it."
The abuse got so bad that Freeman eventually called the police. According to the police report, Alicea told officers the boyfriend threatened her, screamed at her and headbutted her in the face.
The 43-year-old mother of three moved her family 450 miles away from the abusive situation, returning to her hometown in Middlesex County.
Freeman, who will graduate from Perth Amboy, will continue his football career at McDaniel College in Maryland.