blade12
Anyone following this story? There are multiple news stories on it. Feel free to update the facts and timeline if you find info. There seems to be a lot of either incomplete or misleading info being published including possibly by the AHSAA.

The gist of it:
She is a D1 recruit.
She was one of a few (3) HS players to make a USA Basketball traveling team last summer.  
The team played together and traveled last summer.
USA Basketball (mistakenly) issued her a check for about $900 I think they say it was for travel reimbursement. 
She deposited the check.
90 Days later USA Basketball informed her it was a mistake and she couldn't accept the money.
Her mom wrote a check and returned the money as soon as they were told it might be a violation.
The family notified the AHSAA.
She was ruled ineligible and suspended for the rest of her senior season by the AHSAA. I believe she played in at least a few HS games before the money was returned.

I am normally all for the rules and the letter of the law but I am undecided on this one. It's messy IMO.
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eaglepride1
I believe she was just granted an injunction to start playing. 
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db11
All parties are somewhat at fault. USA Basketball for not checking the rules, Davenport and family for not checking into rules regarding how much compensation an amateur can receive and just blindly cashing the check, and the AHSAA for not seeing the situation for what it was, a serious of bungles by people who were not intending to break the rules.

Compromise, suspend her six games and move on.

I did just see that the courts have stepped in and she is eligible to play tonight and will remain so until the suit closes.
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Lots of national media heat on the Alabama association. No one seems to be going after USA Basketball for putting her in that position, her parents for not ensuring the nearly $1000 check they were cashing was kosher, and even the HS coach for not making 100% sure her involvement didn't harm her amateur status and thus eligibility. I'm fine if she's suspended the rest of the year; if the media attention leads to her not getting any or nearly any punishment, it'll be very unfortunate.
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blade12
Here is an article that contains a response from the AHSAA a few days ago.  https://www.dothaneagle.com/sports/high_school/ahsaa-responds-to-national-backlash-against-maori-davenport-ruling/article_11a3051c-1296-11e9-a7c4-f70f15842361.html

She accepted the money and didn't report that until after she had played in some games this year. That's sketchy.  She probably should be suspended but for how long is cause for the divide. I saw one article that said no one disputes that the rule was broken. The problem is that the punishment for the rule is a season long suspension.  I hate to think we are going down the road of a "star" player or one with the means to bring this to court gets different treatment than others.

I am kind of leaning toward she should be suspended per the rule on the books.  If the schools of AL don't like that they need to go through the proper channels to change the punishment to however many games they want it to be.

I am wondering if this were not USA Bball and was an AAU program or a college alum giving $100 handshakes but they said, "ooops, that was a mistake to give you the money but if you give it back and you will be cleared" does it make a difference. I am not sure I see a big difference between where the money comes from.
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blade12 wrote:
Here is an article that contains a response from the AHSAA a few days ago.  https://www.dothaneagle.com/sports/high_school/ahsaa-responds-to-national-backlash-against-maori-davenport-ruling/article_11a3051c-1296-11e9-a7c4-f70f15842361.html

She accepted the money and didn't report that until after she had played in some games this year. That's sketchy.  She probably should be suspended but for how long is cause for the divide. I saw one article that said no one disputes that the rule was broken. The problem is that the punishment for the rule is a season long suspension.  I hate to think we are going down the road of a "star" player or one with the means to bring this to court gets different treatment than others.

I am kind of leaning toward she should be suspended per the rule on the books.  If the schools of AL don't like that they need to go through the proper channels to change the punishment to however many games they want it to be.

I am wondering if this were not USA Bball and was an AAU program or a college alum giving $100 handshakes but they said, "ooops, that was a mistake to give you the money but if you give it back and you will be cleared" does it make a difference. I am not sure I see a big difference between where the money comes from.

That's a helluva statement and lays out very well where the blame should be (player, USABB, parent, coach) while clearly explaining their stance. Huge kudos to them, and reinforces why I don't feel any allowance or exception should be made in this case. It also reinforces my extreme contempt for Jay Bilas.
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That's a helluva statement and lays out very well where the blame should be (player, USABB, parent, coach) while clearly explaining their stance. Huge kudos to them, and reinforces why I don't feel any allowance or exception should be made in this case. It also reinforces my extreme contempt for Jay Bilas.

But here is one from the school with some differing info, at least about the mom and her coaching status. Not sure whether she is a paid HS coach or MS and HS volunteer asst makes a whole lot of difference.

http://www.wsfa.com/2019/01/09/davenports-school-responds-ahsaa-statement-ruling/

From this article; "This case is about character. It’s about integrity. It’s about doing the right thing and correcting a mistake when it’s is realized."  Not sure why tthey want that to apply to the ASHSS or others but not to the family for their mistake.

I am really puzzled as to why or how a D1 recruit and her family didn't at least ask if the payment was within the rules within days of receiving it.
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