“My Father May Have Beat Mayweather”

My father, Stephen “Kalamazoo” Mokone, was the first Black, South African soccer player to play professionally in Europe and to break the color barrier in South Africa during apartheid, which was a remarkable achievement back then.  He played for the Dutch team Hercules for two seasons before heading off to play for several other teams in Europe, including Barcelona and Torino.  But he was more than that; he was also a violent and abusive man who…

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