BOB HAYES’ SISTER ISN’T HIS SISTER?
Posted by Josh Alper on February 2, 2009, 1:01 p.m. EST
When the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced on Saturday, one of the most memorable moments was when a letter written by the late Bob Hayes was read by his sister. Hayes had written the letter in case he ever made it into Canton, and he thanked, literally, everyone in the world.
It was a nice moment, but now Hayes’ former business manager is coming forward and saying that the whole thing was a fraud. Ted McIntosh, who also went to Florida A&M with Hayes, spoke with Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer.
“She’s a fake. A total perpetrator. She’s hoodwinked the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL, the Hall of Fame and the national media. But she isn’t a member of the Hayes family. And she’s about to be exposed … She isn’t related to Bob Hayes. She’s an impostor.”
According to McIntosh, Hester grew up a few blocks away from Hayes and only became close to him when he was dying in 2002. McIntosh claims she falsified a will that was designed to leave her with Hayes’ Super Bowl ring and Olympic gold medal.
McIntosh is godfather to Bob Hayes Jr., who he says is in rightful possession of those items. Hayes Jr., McIntosh argues, should be the one representing his father at the Hall of Fame induction and other associated ceremonies.
“When this is all said and done the family will press criminal charges,” he said. “She’s stolen from them, including that magic moment on Saturday.”
McIntosh said the he’s sent letters to the NFL, NFLPA, Hall of Fame and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about Hester’s true identity. He also says that he spoke with Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News, who has written columns about Hester and Hayes for several years.
“I called him and told him that this was not Bob Hayes’ sister,” he said. “I told him he should do some investigating of her background before he printed anything else. But he was like ‘Oh yeah, sure’ and blew me off. I tried to warn him.”
Whitt contacted Taylor, who was in Tampa for the Super Bowl, and the writer said, via email, that he’s never spoken to McIntosh.