Fallen Proviso West Football Star A Profile of Forgiveness

Sunday, August 20, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Feature Photo: Hubert “Boo Boo” Thompson during his days at Proviso West 

Hubert “Boo Boo” Thompson, 38, was once so dominant on the football field as an elite defensive lineman for Proviso West High School that highly respected recruits thought he might be able to skip college and go straight to the NFL.

The national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming described Thompson as “one of the best defensive linemen ever to come out of the Chicago area.”

On top of his gridiron achievements, which included being named in 1996 to the USA Today All-USA Team, Thompson was also a two-time state champion wrestler and an elite track and field athlete. Top draft picks.jpg

But for all of his God-given talent, Thompson was dealing with psychological demons that would eventually land him in the Elgin Mental Health Center, where the fallen star was recently interviewed for a penetrating, 2,500-plus-word profile by the Lansing State Journal’s Cody Tucker.

Thompson was found not guilty by reason of insanity roughly two years after he threw his neighbor, James A. Malone, 66, off of a third-floor balcony of a Lombard apartment complex on March 30, 2007.

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A news clipping on Thompson pulled from the book, “Flagrant Misconduct.” 

Instead of sending him to prison, the courts ordered Thompson admitted to a high-security state mental institution “until a judge finds he is safe to be released into society again,” according to a 2009 report by the Daily Herald.

“State law requires Thompson’s period of detainment to be based on sentencing guidelines for the crime,” the Herald reported at the time of Thompson’s sentencing. “So, he cannot be held more than 60 years.”

“He feared his neighbor had been poisoning him for months,” Tucker writes in his recent profile of Thompson. “His brain told him his family had been doing the same.”

“His neighbor was a friendly man, always saying hello and stopping for a quick chat. But, in his darkest thoughts, [Thompson] knew the man in apartment 340 was Satan.”

Tucker explores Thompson’s current treatment regiment, his struggle to forgive himself, his past struggles with his mental illness and much more. Read the full profile here. VFP

2 thoughts on “Fallen Proviso West Football Star A Profile of Forgiveness

  1. Wow! This article is very deep, Michael. This is why mental illness is a huge issue, especially in the African-American community. We must end the stigma, and have people get the necessary attention that they need, to live a fulfilled life.

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