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Maurice Clarett Documentary Debuts in Columbus

COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- The new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about Maurice Clarett made its debut in Columbus Thursday night.

Clarett's life has been a roller coaster during the last decade.  He's gone from national champion to prison inmate.  The documentary is the story of his life, both good and bad.

"Just the ignorance of my decisions, getting caught up in my own ego," Clarett said at the premiere.  "I just hope that people that are here and will watch the film can draw something, pull something from it."

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel also came to the premiere.  The documentary is called "Youngstown Boys", referring not just to Clarett, but also Tressel.

"It tells a story," Tressel said.  "It tells a story of some tough times, some mistakes, some comebacks, some hope and some passion to do great things in the future."

Clarett looked like a man at peace with his past.

"I'm responsible now," Clarett said.  "I'm responsible for the influence I have now with the words I give people, responsible with the guidance I give people and I just feel more comfortable now."

He said the documentary is about more than just sports.

"This is my life," he said.  "This is my reality.  It wasn't until I got into prison I started to deal with the reality of my situation where I was able to pick myself back up from where I was at to where I'm at now."

The documentary will air Saturday night on ESPN after the Heisman Trophy presentation.

There will also be a showing at Cypress Church in Galloway.  Clarett asked anyone that attends to bring a coat for a child in need.

 
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