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DeAnthony Arnett Makes Statement to Scout.com
The Arnett family for years has been tight. I never knew the conditions for my Father would worsen like this. Two heart attacks and dialysis has made it so I cannot focus on anything but his health and well being. I never imagined being unable to have my dad at any games or me being able to see him as he endures his battle with his health. Yes I want to play football; however, I need to be there for my dad and with my family while still pursuing my goal of being the best student-athlete I can be.
My mom is in a financial bind as my father was forced to retire from his job at General Motors because of a Lung Disease and is on disability. I started receiving social security checks for a monthly payment of 1100 a month. I was 14 years old when most of this occurred so I was unable to receive my own check until I turned 18 years old so she always controlled my money and she used that as part of her income. When I turned 18 years old the checks came in my name but my mom and I always shared the funds with her. When June came upon my graduation I received a letter from the social security administration that my checks would be cut when I graduated, so $1100.00 of income was taken from my mother's household. She only attended one game this past season.
As this season went on I never was used to my parents not being at my games, so it made the season a little harder for me. But I still competed hard in my classes as my transcript grades from last semester were three B's and C. And I appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman this season working hard every each week to earn my playing time.
Neither Coach Dooley, myself nor anybody else knows what the future holds for my father. I feel that I represented the University of Tennessee the best way I can on and off the field. I feel I have earned the right to be released unconditional to all schools in Michigan -- especially with The University of Tennessee not scheduling any program from the state of Michigan on their current or future schedules.
Coach Dooley has singled two programs that I can't get an unconditional release to and they are the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
He told me I can attend any Mid American Conference school I want and if I wanted to attend either The University of Michigan or Michigan State University I would have to pay for school instead of be on scholarship. I don't know what's next. My family can't afford to pay for school, but my father's poor health isn't a good enough excuse for me to attend a BCS school close to home.
Therefore as a student athlete I feel coach Dooley is trying to hinder my success by not allowing me to compete at a BCS level and neglecting the fact my father is severely ill.
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