Now Bishop Long is getting some support since he has refuted the accusations against him for sexual coercion on four young men that were members of his Longfellow Youth Academy at New Birth.
An ex-NFL Player tells Fox News that Bishop Long was his spiritual father as well but he was never inappropriate with him. Anthony Cannon was an NFL player for the Detroit Lions for nearly three years and said that the bishop encouraged him to achieve his dreams.
The young man Cannon says that he lived in Lithonia where the New Birth Church resides and attended well know Stephenson High School while he attended the church. He says that Bishop Long took him under his wing and like he’s done for many other young men.
Anthony Cannon says:
“He just wanted to be that to me because I didn’t have my father in my life.”
Though Cannon claims that the bishop was never sexually inappropriate with him he says he was given many things from Bishop Long. He claims that the Bishop gave him cars, money, generous gifts and spiritual guidance.
“I can’t speak on anyone else interaction all I know is what I’ve seen and what he presented to me and its been nothing like these allegations.”
As a free agent now, Cannon says when he was under Bishop Long’s ministry, Long would buy him cars in order for him to commute from Georgia state to Louisiana state and back again as well as receiving gifts of cash for so called expenses that he needed. He states that Long was very generous and personally gave these gifts our of his pocket.
The young man states:
“He would maybe just give me $100, $200 out of his pocket, never a check or anything like that. It was always money that was just in his pocket that he gave to me. I can’t name one spiritual son that hasn’t experienced that, because that’s not, I don’t feel like that was a ploy to pull people in, that’s his heart.”
In this interview, Anthony conclude by stating:
“I can’t say they’re lying, just don’t know if they’re telling the complete truth.”
That last statement really strikes a nerve. Though the young man may not know for sure if the allegations are true is correct but to mention that in an interview that is suppose to discredit the accusers and credit the bishop’s integrity, it sounds pretty sketchy. As well at that, the last statement, “…just don’t know if they’re telling the complete truth”, doesn’t sound like a sincere statement. Any allegations against some that a person can never say that they would commit, she sound truly convincing and this was not.
We checked some of the responses to this interview and its seems as though most people either don’t believe him, think that bishop wasn’t attracted to him, he wasn’t “pretty” enough for Long or he is flat out lying for his then bishop.
The young man Jamal Parris, one of Long’s accusers was truly convincing when he interviewed for Fox 5 News I-Team that was aired last yesterday.
UPDATE: We have a video below that reveals Anthony Cannon stating that the bishop had to cut him off because he would continue go come to him for assistance and was careless and reckless. It seems like Cannon wants people to think that these four accusers didn’t know how to deal with being cut off. Its pretty obvious that the bishop many not have been sexually attracted to him. I think this young man is brainwashed and is just trying to get in good with the bishop since he has no contract with any NFL team. Nice try Long.. but not convincing!