‘You don’t get to leave me again!’: Tearful moment an NFL player was confronted by son he left behind 10 years ago
- Cameras were rolling on the set of Oprah’s Life Class as Aveion Cason‘s crying son Aveion Jr., 13 tried to break the fatherless-son cycle
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:02 EST, 5 July 2013
Former pro footballer Aveion Cason Sr. had a long record on the field, but a less impressive record as a father and the former running back went on Oprah’s OWN Network with the goal of patching things up with his estranged son.
Cason, who grew up fatherless himself, ended up continuing the cycle when he abandoned his young son Aveion Jr.
Cason recently came back into his son’s life. And the slew of emotions that go along with such a reunion played out in front of television cameras courtesy of Oprah’s OWN Network.
On Oprah’s Life Class with Iyanla Vanzant, Vanzant takes a head-on approach to patching up familial rifts.
‘I grew up without a father,’ said the elder Cason. ‘I feel resentment with my father coming up because he’s never been around, and when I talk to my son, I feel like he feels the same way.’
‘It felt horrible that you left me,’ Aveion Jr. says as Vanzant coaches him on. ‘It made me feel like I was a mistake… I loved the person, but I never see him.’
Aveion Jr.’s mother stands by as the two men try to come to terms with their estrangement.
‘I think I was a mistake,’ Aveion Jr. said as tears rolled down his young cheeks and his father shook his head in the foreground.
‘And that made you feel what,’ Iyanla asked.
‘Like I wasn’t supposed to be here.’
‘What do you want to tell [him] now that he’s back,’ Vanzant continued probing the boy.
‘That I love him…’ replied Aveion Jr., then with a little goading from Vanzant he commands his father, ‘You don’t get to leave me again!’
Cason is clear in his intentions to be a present father to the younger Aveion.
On his Twitter account, on which a photo of the former pro baller alongside Oprah Winfrey now serves as his profile picture, Cason describes himself thusly:
‘Florida made, but live in Dallas. God fearing and loving father. Im blessed and will always give 100% till da day my heart stop! In God Hands.’
Cason, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Florida Tuskers, was a recognized running back and kick returner who played for an impressive 9 years.
The emotional confrontation was part of a series of episodes of Oprah’s Lifeclass that focus on fatherless children.
The series continues with more Fatherless Sons on Sunday at 9pm on OWN, followed by two episodes on Daddyless Daughters on the July 14 and 21 episodes.
Retired: Cason was a running back and kick returner for the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Florida Tuskers. His career lasted an impressive 9 years