Todd was an abused child.
by Papa November (2019-01-11 20:43:24)

In reply to: the most disturbing article I've ever read  posted by irishrock

I know it looks like he had all the talent and privilege in the world. It doesn't matter. He never, ever had the opportunity to decide who he wanted to be and what he wanted to do with his life.

"Marv ordered them to stop playing and start fighting. Todd was not shocked. He had been boxing, against his wishes, since elementary school; Marv enjoyed putting kids in the ring with his son."

This is physical and emotional abuse. The fact that the physical abuse was only ever delivered by a 3rd part doesn't diminish its impact. If anything, it probably made it harder for him to see how disturbed his father was. The fact that Todd only flopped at football and became an addict, as opposed to committing suicide, is a huge accomplishment.