Ted Rollins, CEO of Campus Crest Communities, severely beat his stepson in 1995, causing the teenager to be taken to an emergency room by ambulance.
Zac Parrish's exact age at the time of the beating is unclear, but he was about 15 years old. Parrish, now 33, is the managing member of Parrish Building Company in Birmingham--and he is one of two sons Sherry Carroll Rollins has by her first marriage, to an insurance executive named Allen Parrish.
Ted Rollins refused to respond to questions about the beating, and Zac Parrish denied that it happened. But two members of the Rollins family have confirmed that it happened. One of those sources is Sherry Carroll Rollins, Parrish's mother and Ted Rollins' ex wife. She says the beating stopped only after she called 911, and sirens could be heard approaching in the distance.
According to Sherry Rollins, her son's face was a bloody mask by the time paramedics arrived, and he later was diagnosed with a broken nose and numerous abrasions and lacerations. She said he still bears facial scars from the incident.
There is grim irony in the fact that Ted Rollins once acted violently toward his stepson. That's the same Ted Rollins who now markets student housing to young people not much older than Zac Parrish was at the time of the beating.
Parrish responded with profanity-filled rage when I recently asked to interview him about several issues connected to the Rollins v. Rollins divorce case. Despite the violence heaped upon him as a youngster, Parrish has been a steadfast defender of Ted Rollins and his company.
Sherry and Ted Rollins married in 1991, and they divorced in 2005, concluding the worst civil cheat job I've encountered in a court of law. The judgment by Shelby County Circuit Judge D. Al Crowson was so outrageous that it has left Sherry Rollins and her daughters, Sarah and Emma Rollins, on food stamps.
Zac Parrish was not an imposing teenager. Sherry Rollins says he weighed roughly 100 pounds, while Ted Rollins was about 6-4, 230. It hardly could be called a fair fight--and it still is not clear what sparked it.
In fact, Zac Parrish denies that it happened. Here is an excerpt from my recent conversation with him (ZP is Zac Parrish; LS is me, Legal Schnauzer):
LS: Why did Ted Rollins beat you severely when you were 15 years old?Parrish then invited me to ask him questions face to face. When I said I would be happy to conduct an in-person interview and offered to set up a time, he refused to meet or answer questions.
ZP: Ted Rollins never beat me severely, Roger . . . get your fucking facts straight.
LS: He didn't beat you?
ZP: No, unh unh, sure didn't.
LS: Really? Well, when you were 15 years old, I've been told, that you were beaten by Ted Rollins.
ZP: You've been told . . .
LS: Is that true?
I posed several questions about the beating to Ted Rollins via e-mail and here is his reply: "I am not in the habit of wasting time on rubbish such as yours."