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McCoy on teen who burglarized his home: Pray for him

Gerald McCoy asked fans to pray for the 17-year-old who burglarized his home.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Gerald McCoy asked fans to pray for the 17-year-old who burglarized his home.

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November

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy knows it could have turned out much worse.

McCoy's home was burglarized last week, just hours before the Bucs' home loss to the Falcons, and his father broke his wrist in a struggle with the teenager who was eventually arrested and charged with armed burglary, grand theft, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

But as McCoy spoke publicly about the incident for the first time Thursday, it was not out of anger, but relief that his family would ultimately be OK, asking fans to pray for 17-year-old Justin J. Frazier.

"Everybody's fine. I would just ask that people would pray for the kid that tried to break into my house. That's a lost kid," McCoy said. "Probably just needs some guidance. It's nothing to be upset over. It happens. You could look at it at a different way, like 'I hate the person that tried to break into my house,' or you could look at it like somebody who needs help. I would just advise people to pray for this kid."

McCoy said his father is doing well -- already playing the drums -- and he's taken steps to upgrade the security system in his home, making sure his family is as safe as possible whether he's home or not.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:06pm]

    

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