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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jesse James' Dad Explains Black Eye And Broken Arm

May 26 2010, Published 7:45 a.m. ET

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Jesse James' father Larry has explained the black eye and broken arm he supposedly inflicted on Jesse during his childhood.

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"My whole childhood, I never had a chance to be a kid...I was always scared," James claimed in an interview with Nightline that aired Tuesday night. "I was a terrorized kid and, I mean, it's really tough for me to think about now because ...Sunny his daughter is the age that I was when my dad broke my arm."

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In an exclusive interview obtained by, Larry explained his version of how Jesse got injured. He alleges that Jesse's arm was broken by falling off of a fence he had jumped in an attempt to retrieve a ball he had accidentally kicked into a neighbor's yard.

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"Just to show off...he dove over the fence, landed on the ground, and broke his arm," Larry said. "He neglected to say that I was right there, picked him up, lifted him over the fence and I never let go of him until his hand was in a cast. I even had them cut his shirt off him at the hospital so I didn't have to let go of his arm."


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Larry even felt guilty for originally making Jesse get the ball. "But I didn't break his arm, he did it by throwing a tantrum," Larry added. "I still feel sorry about it. I wish I had just gotten the d--n ball myself. It wasn't worth my son breaking his arm."

Larry also addressed a childhood photo shown on Nightline which pictured a young Jesse with a black eye. "We lived in a big house on a hill and had a small race track on the field below us and I had bought him a small minibike," Larry explained. "He was riding it, he crashed and banged himself up pretty good. He got a black eye, had a couple of cuts on his arm but it was nothing serious. I for sure didn't blacken his eye."

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Larry does not hold a grudge against his estranged son and hopes for a reconciliation before he passes away. He also feels empathy for Jesse's situation and infidelity issues, citing his own past with women.

"I am so sorry for what has happened in his life. God knows I've made a lot of mistakes, unfortunately most of them has been with women," Larry added. "I kind of know where he is at right now. I am always there for him...with open arms."



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