Fmr. U of M football star to face Mid-South judge Monday

When Xavier "X-Man" Crawford returns to court on Monday he hopes his ex-girlfriend will be there to rescue him.

In a jailhouse interview, the former U of M football star described his long term relationship with former Memphis City Councilwoman Pat VanderSchaaf.

"Pat I love you. I miss you. Long as everybody else is tending to their business, there's no rocky relationship. We have a fine time together," said Crawford.

Crawford was arrested last week for violating a protective order VanderSchaaf filed against him in February.

He said the conflict was manufactured by people who disapprove of their interracial relationship.

"She actually called me. She had just bought me a Mercedes Benz and set me up a $100 thousand account," Crawford added.

VanderSchaaf would not come to the door of her Frayser home when we went there to discuss her accusations that Crawford repeatedly assaulted her.

"The first two times she's the one that bailed me out and I went straight back to the house," Crawford said.

Roger Chambers is a behavioral counselor who happens to be VanderSchaaf's neighbor. He hopes she can break free of what appears to be a dangerous relationship.

"I would really like to see her do better for herself," he said. "It's just a behavioral pattern holding on to something and being comfortable with something that's familiar even though its destroying your life," added Chambers.

Crawford hopes he and VanderSchaaf will reunite once he's out of jail.

"I need that $100 thousand and I need that Benz baby," Crawford said.


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