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Not-So-Sweet-Home Alabama For One High School Star

This is just wrong.

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There are some things in amateurs sports that make sense, some that used to make sense and some that make absolutely no sense at all.

Put this in the latter category.

Albama resident Maori Davenport is a highly promising player who helped with gold with the USA Basketball U-18 team this summer.

The good folks there mistakenly sent her a stipend. When everyone realized the mistake, she sent the money back.

No harm no foul, right?


The Alabama High School Athletic Association has a limit of $250.00 which USA Basketball exceeded, sending a check for $857.20.

None of this was her fault and she sent the money back. Essentially it was a clerical error.

However, the AHSAA is refusing to bend.

This is asinine and a real injustice to a young woman who, by all accounts, is a decent kid.

If you have a minute, please consider dropping a polite line to the AHSAA (and please do be polite) urging them to do the right thing here.

It’s hard to imagine how Davenport must feel. Let’s do what we can to right this.

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