In 2015, Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, who suffers from biliary atresia, was visited by the New Orleans Saints while receiving treatment at the Ochsner Medical Center. Shortly after the visit, his father, Jordy Robertson, set up the It Takes Lives to Save Lives organization, aimed at spreading awareness about organ donation and helping the family with Jarrius’ mounting medical bills.
Unfortunately, things got real dark when it was revealed that Robertson was diverting the money to his personal bank account, and using most of the donations at casinos. Federal prosecutors say he defrauded donors of between $95,000 and $150,000 — $70,000 of which came directly from New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Prosecutors ultimately charged Jordy Robertson with wire fraud and conspiring to sell cocaine and heroin samples to a federal informant.
Fast forward to 2021 and Jordy Robertson has been sentenced for his actions.
Hours after his father pleaded guilty back in 2019, Jarrius “JJ” Robertson issued his first statement about the situation, saying, “I love my daddy but I know there are a lot of good people that have been hurt by his actions.”
Jarrius’ statement, posted on Twitter, added, “All I ever wanted to do was make everyone aware of the need for organ donation so that it might help others in need. I love making everybody laugh and have fun. I hope going forward my family and I can show how truly sorry we are for what happened and regain the trust of all who have supported us!”
Jarrius was not suspected of any wrongdoing in the criminal case against his father.