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Former Felon Been Kids' Boxing Mentor 20+ Years, But Youth Football Says 'No'

Albert Gonzales served time in prison from 1970 to 1975. He's been running a youth boxing club in Hemet-San Jacinto area since 1990 but says he can't get the ok to coach football.

Former gang-banger Albert Gonzales served time in prison from 1970 to 1975 when he was a young man.

He's been running a youth boxing club in the Hemet-San Jacinto area since 1990.

He now wants to help coach his grandson's football team. League officials say 'No.'

Gonzales, who has undergone police scrutiny to work as a boxing mentor with local children, is frustrated.

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Washy September 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM
soooo Olivia you say a person cannot be rehabilitated and should never get a second chance even after 25+years of a clean record and upstanding citizen living?
Barbara Jimenez December 06, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I agree with Steve, in addittion his demeanor and persona are very intimidating! He never smiles and does not seem be kid friendly what so ever. I would never be able nor allow my child to take a advice from a man like that. I personally removed my son from an organization he was at, due to the way he conducts himself around children. As a mentor one should have knowledge to oversee children of all shapes and sizes including Special Needs. I noticed he would easily get aggrivated with the slower learners and took preference towards other kids. He did not strike me as the type to open up a converstion with, instead always looked the other way. I have encountered people in the community who are ex felons, but are REALLY out there to make a difference,unfortunately not from this guy.
dale ross grinager December 08, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Dale Barbara, if you took the time to get to know this man, you would find he is one of kindest and most dedicated men i have ever met. In boxing and football there is not a lot of smiling. He is simply trying to get the best effort from each kid and commending the kids who are doing well. I have known Albert for many years and if i could describe in a few words, they would be he is firm but he is fair. If its smiling your looking for, maybe you should enroll your son in a ballet class. i understand they smile a lot there.
Rumon December 09, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I think your the man Albert. Nice fight party by the way... Rumon Staples
Rumon December 09, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I don't care what that bitch says!! Your the man...

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