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Started by hismikeness, October 13, 2010, 12:36:36 AM
Quote from: "i]Sports Illustrated[/i]"]I will never forget the first time I paid a player...We sat on his couch, and I gave him my spiel. I told him about myself and asked him questions, trying to connect with him. After about half an hour, Kanavis (McGhee of the University of Colorado football team) said to me, "Josh, you seem like a pretty good guy, can I share something with you?""Sure.""I need some help. My mom lost her job and she's sick and she hasn't been able to make her rent. If I don't come up with $2,500, she is going to get evicted from her apartment.""I don't know," I said. "Let me think about it. I'll come by tomorrow and let you know."That night I sat in my hotel room making a list of pros and cons in my head. Sure, it was breaking NCAA rules, but I would be helping Kanavis out. How would I feel if my mom was sick and I didn't have money to help her? I went through this for hours and finally decided to do it. The next morning I went to the bank, pulled out some of my bar mitzvah money, $2,500 in cash, showed up at Kanavis's door and told him, "Kanavis, I gave this a lot of thought, and I want to help you out. I know how I would feel if it was my mom.""Thank you so much," he said. "You're my boy, man. You're really coming through for me."I went back to my hotel and for a little while I felt good, but then the phone rang. It was a teammate of Kanavis's calling."Hey, man, Kanavis told me you're a pretty good dude," he said. "I got this problem, and I need some help. My father is really sick and he is losing his apartment and I need $2,500. Do you think you can help me out the way you helped Kanavis?"