Maori Davenport’s family have filed a lawsuit in hopes of reinstating what’s left of her eligibility
Davenport, a 6-foot-4 forward/center, is the No. 15 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2019 class and helped lead her high school team to a state championship in 2018.
The AHSAA ruled Davenport ineligible for her senior season after USA Basketball gave her an $850 check after playing with the organization over the summer.
This is maddening. To force Maori Davenport to miss her senior year of high school basketball because of a mistake that wasn’t even her fault is nonsensical. Do the right thing, @AHSAA_hoops, and let her play.
The motion will allow Davenport, who had been ruled ineligible thus far this season, to return to the court for Charles Henderson (Ala.) High School's game against Carroll High School on Friday night, according to her family's lawyer, Carl Cole.
Alabama judge rules Maori Davenport eligible to play high school basketball after emergency motion and hearing
But AHSAA ruled Davenport violated its “amateur rule,” and she was benched for her last year of play at Charles Henderson High School.
The family of Alabama high school womens basketball player Maori Davenport is suing the AHSAA after her eligibility was taken away for depositing a check from USA Basketball
AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese ruled Davenport ineligible on Nov. 30 after learning that Davenport had deposited a check from USA Basketball in the amount of $857.20, which was sent to Davenport by mistake.
After initially depositing the check, Davenport repaid the $857.20 when USA Basketball discovered its error in November.
According to the complaint, which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday morning, Davenport's parents are seeking an order from the court declaring the senior basketball player eligible for the rest of the year and an injunction that would invalidate any future attempts to bar her from competing.
Maori Davenport’s eligibility restored pending circuit court hearing.
The news came less than 24 hours after Davenport's parents filed a lawsuit in Pike County Circuit Court on Thursday, marking the latest twist in a story that has garnered national headlines in recent weeks.
The Washington Post on the mistreatment of Maori Davenport by the AHSAA. Davenport has handled this situation with class and dignity. The “leaders” of the AHSAA, not so much.
An Alabama judge granted an emergency motion Friday that will allow Maori Davenport to play while the court considers a lawsuit filed by her parents against the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its director, Steve Savarese.
AHSAA Central Board of Control president Johnny Hardin defended the decision in a lengthy statement earlier this week, explaining that Davenport's mother, coach and principal "should know the rules."
So @JayBilas, @CP3, @boogiecousins, @LynxCoachReeve, @brianagler, @Rachel__Nichols, @cvivianstringer and so many more have spoken out in support of Maori Davenport, whose basketball eligibility has been taken away by @AHSAAUpdates. This is an 18 year old, and this is wrong.