Sweatshirt Controversy: Boy Gets Tickets From Terrell Suggs

After 12-year-old Ayden Lasley of Bel Air was reprimanded at school for wearing a "Ball So Hard University" sweatshirt, Terrell Suggs reached out to the family.

What started as a negative experience ended with an outpouring far beyond one Bel Air boy's imagination.

Ayden Lasley, age 12, will be going the Ravens playoff home game on Sunday thanks to player Terrell Suggs.

After Ayden and his father Bill took a stand over 's policy prohibiting a "Ball So Hard University" sweatshirt, their story caught the attention of Suggs, the original "BSHU alum."

After , word spread to TSizzle55.com, which sells Suggs' officially licensed apparel. From there, word spread to the player himself.

"[Suggs] said, 'Do what you've got to to to get a hold of [Ayden],'" said James Wilhide, who works for the website.

Wilhide said Suggs was happy to do something for the young man who showed him such strong support.

"He'll bend over backwards for you," Wilhide said. "He's definitely for the fans."

Saturday afternoon, Wilhide paid a personal visit to the Lasleys, delivering a "Ball So Hard University" sweatshirt, T-shirt and magnets to Ayden on behalf of Suggs.

But the outpouring didn't stop there.

“[Suggs] set aside tickets for us for tomorrow’s game," Bill Lasley said on Saturday.

On Sunday, Bill and Ayden Lasley will make their way to M&T Bank Stadium to watch the Ravens face off against the Houston Texans.

It will be the first time Ayden has attended an NFL game.

"The fact that Terrell Suggs has been so generous is just overwhelming," Lasley said.

He reached out to Suggs on Twitter to extend his thanks.

"No problem. It will be my honor," Suggs responded through the social media site.

The Lasleys describe themselves as a family of Ravens fans.

"No matter what, we'll always make time for the Ravens," Ayden said. "I have an even better appreciation now."

Ashley Walto, Bill Lasley's cousin, said her grandfather recently beat cancer and the Ravens games played a big role in that battle.

"That was the only thing that he would get up for," Walto said. "It helped us get through his cancer."

Bill Lasley described the events of the past week as "a whirlwind."

It began when Ayden wore a "Ball So Hard University" sweatshirt to Southampton Middle School where he is a student.

Ayden was thrilled to wear his new sweatshirt, but when an assistant principal saw the sweatshirt and told him he had to turn it inside out or take it off, the young man became confused and frustrated.

Bill Lasley called the school to find out what the problem was. He was told the sweatshirt sent "mixed messages," and wearing it violated school policy.

"I just thought it was a ridiculous policy and wanted someone to explain it to me," Lasley said.

The school later reversed its decision, allowing the young man to wear the sweatshirt to school again.

“It obviously has helped to affect some positive change at the school and that’s really why I did it, I never thought this would happen," Lasley said. “I wanted to show my son that you need to stand up for you believe in.”

Take Responsibility! January 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Awesome! Anyone who has a problem with this kid and the saying on it are just ignorant!
Jason Danaher January 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I want to know how it is offensive or sexual.
Patrick Keller Jr. January 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Some people choose to be offended by the dumbest things just for the sake of drama. Those people have nothing better to do in life. Rather than take a stand on something worthwhile like genocide in Africa or Gay Rights in America, they decide to fume over a football phrase some 12 year old kid wore on a shirt to school.
GeoffyJ January 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Bet the principle feels like an idiot. All of these schools are a joke with their policies. ball so hard? What could be the mixed message in that? A hard testicle?
Mark Preston January 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=baller look it up,has many slang definitions
GeoffyJ January 15, 2012 at 12:48 AM
That is irrelevant. This isn't about being a baller. It's about "balling" as in play ball so hard. (as in, "I ball hard")
Tommy Dowell January 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Another reason to be a fan of the best football team in the NFL! T. Sizzle you are the MAN!!!
RP January 15, 2012 at 06:36 AM
lol!!! balls of steel?
RP January 15, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Look it up on Urban Dictionary are you kidding me? I can post a definition on there if I wanted to. There are no restrictions! This is completely ridiculous to say look it up and post a link to Urban Dictionary. I guess tmz is also a credible source for information.
Colin January 15, 2012 at 07:03 AM
This is Bel Air patch with a breaking update Karl Schuub is still a idiot... go ravens
Tiffany Brooks January 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
This is such a wonderful story!! T Sizzle is a real stand up guy for that! I love him and all my boys on the Ravens <3
TheRealProb January 16, 2012 at 03:19 AM
lol...all the policies are due to parents calling and complaining about everything. Can't have it both ways.
Hollee Sifford January 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
AWESOME!!!!How was the game? and Did he have a GREAT TIME?I just know he did..Now go to school tuesday and hold your head high and I am glad this turned out to be positive!!!!!!
Bill Lasley January 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Thank you to those who have supported my son and I through this ordeal. I refuse to stoop to the level some with name calling and generally being negative. I will say I feel sorry for them. It's obvious they have nothing positive in their lives and felt the need to attack me. I will adress one issue. I am first and foremost a parent to my son. He knows that, and so does anyone who knows me. That being said, I am a friend to my son as well, meaning he knows he can come to me with anything. I will always be there for him not because "it's my job" as parent, but because I want to, as one of the many people who will always care about his well being. Those of us who have a close relationship with our parents and family members, often feel they are some of our best friends. Ayden had an incredible time at the game thanks to Terrell Suggs, his PR people, TSizzle55.com, The Patch.com, Fox 45 News, The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun. He will carry these memories in his heart forever and that's someone no one can ever take from him. Go Ravens! BALL SO HARD UNIVERSITY!!
FLRush January 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Way to go Terrell Suggs, what a nice gesture for this young man and his family. Go Ravens !
Jeff January 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Bill, I don't know you but agree with what you say 100%, my son is also a SMS student, he's an 8th grader. I think it's great Suggs sent you guys tickets & you were able to attend the game together, his 1st Ravens game was a playoff game & we won, that's just awesome! I never got to go to a Colts game because my Dad had become so bitter what happened to the team under Irsay, but when the Ravens came to town in 96 I attended my 1st NFL & took him with me. He went w/ me almost every game thru 03 & then his knees got too bad to go anymore, but I cherish all those games together w/ my Dad, including the magical 2000 season & the playoff game vs. Denver. I have taken my oldest son to Ravens games since he was 6 in 03 & started taking the youngest last year when he was 6. Something about the bond of Football and Father & son that brings us closer, especailly with an awesome team with awesome players like the Ravens!! Enjoy!!
Bill Lasley January 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Thanks for the kind words Jeff. My best to you and your family.
Hollee Sifford January 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Dear Mr.T=Sizzle, If u read this u r an AWESOME role model and what a way to turn negative into positive:) Good job on game day and just know I am sure u made the day of a GREAT young man and his dad.....Now go get-um on Sunday in N.E.
Mary Bullock January 23, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Still not offensive, Baller is a thug living the good life, a thug is someone who has or is living through struggles, so again Why is that offensive?
Karl Schuub January 23, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Guess his ball not so hard.
Bill Lasley January 25, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Once again Karl shows he has absolutely no class! Way to be consistent Karl.
Karl Schuub January 25, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Somebody has like zero sense of humor. You need to chill out.
trevor September 15, 2012 at 02:51 AM
que tengo que hacer pa que vuelvas conmigo, vamos a dejar el pasado atrás. pa mi la vida no tiene sentido, si te vaass!
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