A judge has ruled to remove the injunction filed for a South Florida high school basketball team after questions arose regarding a player's immigration status, wsvn.com reports.
The Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School's basketball team dreams were crushed after a Miami appeals court judge ruled Wednesday afternoon to pull the team out of the playoffs, which would have allowed them to continue in the state series. The ruling means Krop's spot in the 6A bracket will be vacated, and Miami Senior High School will get a first-round bye.
The Florida High School Athletic Association said the proper immigration papers for Bahamian national Bryan Delancy, a 19-year-old attending class at the school on a student visa, were never filed.
Director of the FHSAA released a statement, saying, "This is a good day for coaches, student-athletes who play by the rules. Doing what's right pays off."
Parents believe it is the wrong thing to do to the basketball team. "It's a bunch of BS, and they know it," said Maurice Harris.
Last week, a judge gave Krop's basketball team a temporary injunction to allow the team to compete in upcoming district championships.
"The Association now expects the principal, athletic director, coaches and student-athletes at Krop to abide by all the rules and procedures regarding the FHSAA," said the director for the FHSAA.
Krop's supporters believe the court made the wrong choice. "This is quite an unfair situation. It's unfair to these kids, and our court is supposed to act in the best interest of these children, and that's exactly what they are, they're children, student athletes, and they deserve the right to play," said Evans Ross.
The Krop team attorneys have not said if they will take any legal moves.
The FHSAA requires schools to file paperwork for all international students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities. Florida public schools cannot deny foreign-born students an education, but extracurricular activities are not considered a "right" for those students.