To wild cheers, Pastor Eddie Long took the stage this morning at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he promised to fight — David v. Goliath style (where he is David) — the accusations of sexual misconduct. “I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that’s being portrayed on television,” he told his congregation. “That’s not me. That is not me.” Of course Long didn’t categorically admit to, or deny, the allegations brought against him by four men.
The sermon was broadcast on national television, which meant Long really had to deliver. And he so did! “This thing I’m going to fight,” he says. “I want you to know one other thing. I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven’t thrown one yet.”
Well he better start, because word has it one and possibly two more lawsuits are being readied. That, and Long’s radio silence until today means his accusers’ supporters have been owning the message about this story. Like Antonio Makins, a childhood best friend of of Long’s third accuser Jamal Paris, who says he personally saw Long’s beavhoir with Paris and his mother, including giving him “jewelry, gifts, cars and money on Jamal and Jamal’s mother.” Paris posted on his Facebook page that “he lost his joy, peace, and innocence,” and that Long is “not human, you are a monster.”