Alabama Basketball Player Maori Davenport Rides Bench For $857 Paycheck From ...

For Maori Davenport, her skills were good enough to merit a spot on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at a tournament in Mexico City last summer.

Making it worse is the fact that Alabama high school officials have stood firmly on their decision to keep her from playing ball.

Johnny Hardin, the president of the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Central Board of Control, singled out that the adults around Davenport should have known the rules to begin with.

The Aug. 15 payment wasn’t reported for 91 days, and Davenport played in “several games” during that time, violating the state’s amateurism rule.

Another point raised is that Davenport's mother, Tara, serves as an assistant coach for Charles Henderson and has AHSAA certification.

“What the Alabama High School Athletic Association has done to Maori Davenport is wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to start,” Cousins said on his Twitter account.

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