The KHSAA has decided to suspended eight players for one game each because they appeared at a community event with NBA player Julius Randle.
According to a report from the Herald-Leader:
Athletic directors from Frederick Douglass, Lafayette, Montgomery County, Scott County and South Laurel each self-reported violations under the KHSAA’s Bylaw 9, which restricts basketball and football players from participating in organized contests of those sports outside of school from the first day of school through the school’s last scheduled contest (including postseason) in those sports.
The eight players, listed below, participated in an organized event during the unveiling of a refurbished basketball court at the Charles Young Center on Sept. 10. Julius Randle, the Los Angeles Lakers star who played for the University of Kentucky, was present and filming the pilot episode of a documentary series, “Street Ball Stories.”
Robert “Nimbo” Hammons, a former star at Bryan Station who coaches the Charlotte Court AAU team, was asked to have his team participate in the event and be filmed for the series. The eight suspended players all play for Hammons, who said he informed each of the school’s athletic directors after he realized there could be an issue.
“Even though it was a documentary, it was kind of on a script, they said because we had a scoreboard there and referees there, even though nobody was paid or anything like that, they said it was considered a scrimmage,” Hammons said. “ … It wasn’t like we were trying to get ahead on something. It wasn’t like we were trying to scrimmage and see if we could do something. It’s something that was a community event.”
Here’s a list of the suspended players:
Frederick Douglass: Skylar Hart, Jacob Kenney, Nate Mack, Rasaan Thompson
Lafayette: Evan Dreux
Montgomery County: Myron “Duece” Ralls
Scott County: Jaylen Barber
South Laurel: JJ Ramey