WARE, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Two former New England Patriots players have stepped in to support a 26-year-old autistic man who was physically assaulted by two boys in a park in the town of Ware and his recovery.
“Are you going to be okay after all? Are you going to be okay?”
Friends make sure 26-year-old Shiloh Skerrit is okay. After being assaulted a few weeks ago by two boys in Grenville Park in the town of Ware.
Shiloh is autistic and has type 1 diabetes, a diagnosis according to his father making it difficult to defend himself, which he was unable to do when he was attacked. But these former New England Patriots players do not tolerate this behavior and intervene to make Shiloh feel protected.
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“We have quite a few friends in town, we’ve been running charity events here for a number of years with the police and fire department, and when we heard about what had happened and found out the details at it subject, we both had the same idea at the same time, we wanted to talk to the kid and see how he’s doing and support him, show that people love him, ”the players said.
Former Patriots linebacker and Longsnapper Steve Deossie and nose tackle Fred Smerlas flood Shiloh with a plentiful supply of Patriots gear. Shiloh even told his dad, he better start racing the car.
From signed jerseys and soccer balls to team photos, these Pats stars told Western Mass News once a teammate, always a teammate, and Shiloh is one of them.
“The least we can do is come here and show him a little support. Yeah, if we can make him a little happier today, it makes us feel better because we have kids, we have kids. sometimes been bullied … whatever we could do to make someone feel better and make sure this doesn’t happen again, ”the players said.
While these two former Patriots players say they have a responsibility to protect the people of this community, they also have a message for bullies.
“Understand what you are doing, understand the name you make for yourself, understand the damage you are doing not just to the individual but to the community,” Deossie said.
And if Smerlas finds out that an incident like this is happening again around this community, his message:
“They shouldn’t, they shouldn’t, they shouldn’t start over, because we could come back,” Smerlas said.