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Boise State gets OK to help homeless player

NCAA Allows Boise State To Help Homeless Football Player

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The NCAA says Boise State can immediately assist a homeless football recruit who signed to play with the team in February.

Antoine Turner said in an interview with KTVB-TV in Boise that he's recently been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College in California.

Boise State received clearance Wednesday from the NCAA to reach out to Turner and offer support.

After graduating from Fullerton, the defensive tackle is scheduled to take summer school classes at Boise State, where he will live in the dorm and have a meal plan.

Turner grew up in New Orleans and told the station his mom died of cancer when he was young, putting a strain on the relationship with his father. He moved around throughout his childhood.

He said football helped him and that he "brought a suitcase and a dream" with him to California. But he didn't have any money or help from his family back home.

He lived wherever he could find.

"I thought I was going to get away from my problems, but they just had started," Turner told the station. "About a year after I came out here, I actually couldn't take it no more. At one time I had the feeling of suicide. I couldn't fight no more."

An uncle gave him a place to stay in government subsidized housing, until an issue an issue with regulations recently arose. He's been sleeping in motels and anywhere else ever since.

Officials for Boise State said they didn't realize how bad things had gotten for Turner until the television report. They were in contact with him, but the football coaches had no idea he was homeless.

Since the story broke, Boise State fans have been quick to offer food and shelter for Turner, but that could jeopardize his playing status.

The school talked to the NCAA about it and the governing body responded on its Twitter account by announcing: "After Boise State's request last night, the school may provide immediate assistance to football student-athlete Antoine Turner."

Turner had 34 tackles and six sacks as a redshirt sophomore last season. He also had an interception.

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Big D May 15 2014 at 2:53 PM

rules are made to be broken and sometimes we gotta bend em ..so yeah right choice

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JAN May 15 2014 at 11:15 AM

Isn't it amazing how strong one individual can be. Overcoming all odds. Thankyou Boise State and NCAA...............Go Big Blue

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brenhatestwinkie JAN May 15 2014 at 11:17 AM

well said

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kz1952 May 15 2014 at 10:53 AM

Great work, now that's how its suppose to be!!!! Good luck making the team!

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mongoliandr May 15 2014 at 10:00 AM

tell him to get a job. thats JOB!!!

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johngroe May 15 2014 at 9:54 AM

Im shocked that the NCAA actually allowed a school to help an athlete without making money off of the deal.

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Almeda33 May 15 2014 at 9:37 AM

I admire antoine's resiliencey,and pray that he will continue to pursue his eduaction and
his dream to make the NFL. GOD BLESS HIM AND THOSE THAT HELP.

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Akilah May 15 2014 at 9:27 AM

There are many unreported stories such as this, I wish we could all just realize that we are a stones throw away from such disasters ourselves, if we could come to grips with such a thought, I believe our country would become a much better place. People used to care about others, now it appears "we" have become "me", and it only matters (whatever the issue is) if it affects "me". To criticize a young man for improper use of language skills is sad, a persons brain is so small that he picks out the most minute of statements to impose upon. SMH!!! I hope this young man succeeds in whatever life brings him...much luck Antoine!

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jwilli1251 Akilah May 15 2014 at 9:46 AM

People never used to do anything with more kindness. People today are the same as they were the first day man came to this planet. No difference. What we have every day is a chance to change that, within the minute space we occupy, to perform acts of kindness and goodness. It will be this way until the last human leaves the planet. There is no such thing as the good old days. There is only what you will make of the time you have on this rock. Use it wisely. The soul you save may be your own.

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ruthmullin May 15 2014 at 9:22 AM

So many haters, just because a "throwaway child" did whatever he could to better himself instead of joining a gang or being in jail on taxpayers money...
Where is the outrage when a rich young white teen killed someone and got away with it because of an "affluency defense" (that means he has money, for all you haters)

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Jay May 15 2014 at 9:06 AM

Well we help him but we don't help the hundreds or thousands of Americans homeless in Our Country Today.

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ruthmullin Jay May 15 2014 at 9:24 AM

We could help them but the rich white congressmen send it all to countries who hate us instead...

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don_strickland1 ruthmullin May 15 2014 at 9:37 AM

You are black right? The ring leader thats sends the money is black too.......idiot racist!!

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Brandee Spencer Jay May 15 2014 at 10:23 AM

they can't play football

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ilenedan2 May 15 2014 at 8:28 AM

Poor guy. It's sad his dad did not come through for him after his mom died. I'm glad to hear his school is looking out for him. I hope he gets an education and is able to graduate someday.

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