Former Chicago White Sox groundskeeper Nevest Coleman was imprisoned 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit. After being exonerated, the White Sox called him in for a job interview and rehired Coleman to work with the team.
The team said it was grateful that “justice has been carried out for Nevest” and said they were happy to welcome him back to the team as one of its groundskeepers.
Coleman told WGN that he watched Sox games while he was in prison and would see his former colleagues scramble to protect the field during rain delays.Two of his friends who are still on the grounds crew were there to greet him with big hugs on Monday morning when he arrived for his first day back on the job.
Back in uniform, back in the game. Nevest Coleman back with the White Sox grounds crew after 23 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. pic.twitter.com/X0alRPq0Rc
— Judy Wang (@JudyWangWGN) March 26, 2018
A lot has changed while Coleman was away. The stadium has had extensive renovations and is now known as Guaranteed Rate Field instead of Comiskey Park.
One thing, however, has remained constant for Coleman.
“I was in a situation where I felt comfortable here and everybody here was family to me,” he told WGN. Classic redemption story!