‘The past is in the past now’: Innocent man returns to Chicago White Sox after 23 years in prison

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Nevest Coleman last worked for the Chicago White Sox in 1994. He spent 23 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. But now, he’s back as a groundskeeper with the team he’s always loved.

One of the more incredible elements to his story is the remarkable attitude Coleman has about the situation, stating, “The past is in the past now.”

For Coleman, everything is now about re-building relationships with his family and getting back to work with a team — and a game, he once cherished.

Coleman had been convicted of rape and murder until DNA evidence set him free in November of last year. This month, a judge granted him a certificate of innocence, officially clearing his name.

His dream was to return to the Chicago White Sox, where he has been welcomed back with open arms.

The Chicago White Sox released a statement:

“We’re grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest. It has been a long time, but we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family. We’re looking forward to having Nevest back on Opening Day at home in our ballpark.”

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