Sabrina Greenlee, the mother of NFL All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins is a survivor of domestic violence. Now her story is about to hit the big screen.
Sabrina, presented by Bron Studios, Good Fear and Kituufu Films has a director in Brown Girls co-creator Sam Bailey and Kristen Buckley is penning the screenplay.
“My mom has always put everyone before herself and sacrificed things unimaginable. Now it’s time for people to see her true value and learn that giving up is not an option,” Hopkins says of the film.
Greenlee had endured abuse for years and when she was attacked and left for dead, she found the courage to push on for herself and her four children.
She had married and divorced her first abuser and had three more abusive relationships and four children after. When Hopkins was 12, the “other woman” threw a mixture of bleach and lye into his mother’s eyes in 2002.
“Within seconds, I realize my skin is coming off my face, my neck my back,” Greenlee said. “I was in a coma for 15 to 16 days. Totally blind when I woke up. Of course, that was terrifying.”
It became a point of adjustment for Greenlee and despite her blindness, she became involved in her children’s lives, putting them all through college. With DeAndre, she’s become a vocal proponent of domestic violence awareness. Hopkins made a startling revelation to a group of HISD kids last year when he told them the startling truth: his mother had never seen him play football or basketball since he was 12.
Now with a film, everyone can see and hear Greenlee’s inspirational story.