Sunday, December 17, 2006

Finding Solace on the Basketball Court

To say that Jermareo Davidson has had a rough few weeks hardly does justice to what he has lived through.

On Nov. 7, his brother, DeWayne Watkins, was shot in the neck by an unknown assailant in Norcross. Watkins, 27, remains in Grady Hospital, paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator.

Five days later, Davidson and his girlfriend, Nicki Murphy of Florence, Ala., were involved in a car accident on I-20 near Moreland Avenue after leaving Watkins' side. Murphy, the driver, died. Davidson and another friend walked away.

The star forward on the University of Alabama's basketball team has developed a coping mechanism. When he feels the anguish, I'd go get a basketball."

Click here to read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story: "Finding Solace on the Court"


At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story! Most people in Jermareo Davidson's position would have given. After evrything he went through he still never gave up his dream. It is so rare that we see in the news a story of someone being presented with such tremendous obstacles and overcoming.

I live in a city where the gang problem is getting worse daily. We see stories everyday about a person in a similar situation deciding to drop school, work and everything to retaliate. It just goes to show that those who "press on" eventually get rewarded.

Thanks again for sharing!
Tara T Campbell
Memphis, TN


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