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John Thompson's autobiography reveals new details of meeting with Rayful Edmond

Over the years, John Thompson Jr.’s meeting with drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III had become the stuff of legend.

In 1989, the Georgetown coach famously requested a meeting with the D.C. gangster and told him to stay away from his players. The tale was commonly cited as an example of the coach’s courage and moral authority — and was one of the first stories retold when the coach died in August.

In his new autobiography — published Tuesday, months after his death — Thompson talks about how the conversation really went.

In an excerpt of “I Came As a Shadow” published on ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” Thompson wrote that his meeting with Edmond wasn’t nearly as dramatic as was often portrayed.