Gobigdaddy, I am Mr. Blackwell and I am so interested in hearing all these facts that you have. As of now, your facts are 0-1. Not such a good start for someone that "knows" the facts. Gobigdaddy, I do not hide behind pen names, my name is Chris Blackwell and before you bring my family's name into this YOU had better know what you are talking about. Seems to me you do not, so in your best interest, stop while you are ahead.
It saddens me and makes me upset that some of the comments have to be a black and white issue. I am the father in this article. When Gervell came to my wife to ask for help, we discussed at length, how to help him. We decided, as a family, that the best way to help was to give Gervell a place he could call home. Not one time did his athletic ability come up in the conversation as amnestiUSAF84 commented. The only thing that mattered to us is that an 18 year old fell through the cracks of the "system" and he turned to us for help. Gervell had to follow the same rules as my other children and we preached grades not athletic ability. We did not ask for anything nor do we expect anything in return for helping Gervell. Gervell is a part of our family now and a big brother to my other children. Gervell was told, when he left for college, that we would always be here for him and that's why we helped.