JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Wednesday night's Belhaven vs. Mississippi State basketball game might have only been an exhibition, but for Renardo Sidney, it was the long awaited debut.
After a NCAA suspension forced him to miss the first 45 games of his career, Wednesday night marked the first appearance for the 6'10" Jackson native.
"I was excited at first. These guys did a great job getting me the ball," said Sidney.
The wait to finally hit the floor was long and tiring, especially for Renardo's mother, Patricia.
"We've been through a lot and just to see him run out and just to have his family there to support him meant a lot to us," said Patricia.
There was plenty of support for Renardo at the coliseum.
Over 30 family members and friends were at the game, some from as far away as Chicago.
Seeing Renardo hit the floor meant a lot to his grandmother Delores, who has been there every step of the way.
"My heart was about to pound. It was about to break. We've been waiting on this so, so long. I can't explain the way my heart felt. Words cannot explain," Delores stated.
"I love my family. They come out and support me wherever I am at. I am just glad they came out and supported me in my first game back," said Renardo.
The support won't end in Jackson, family members plan on making it to as many games as possible.
"I'm going to try to as many as I can. I'm going to be there to support him as much as I can," said Patricia.
"As many as possible. They want me to come because I'm a cheerleader. I'm the loudest one out to make him play," said Delores.
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