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Arrested development

Toe Nash had dreams of big league glory until someone called him a rapist

Updated: March 25, 2013, 12:08 PM ET
By Justin Heckert | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Jan. 6, 2003, issue. Subscribe today!

MIDNIGHT CAME.

A prison door opened, and the ballplayer's father rose from his seat in the spare visitors room. He was waiting on his son -- The Natural, the one the scout found in the cane field, the one the writers couldn't believe.

For eight months, Charles "Tuttie" Payton had driven here to Ascension Parish Jail in northwest Louisiana, 11 miles in his red Mustang, ...

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